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5 Weeks in SE Asia (Myanmar - Laos/Cambodia)

Posted by Armoured_Bear on 23/11/2013 at 06:04

My gf and I are flying to Bangkok on the 7th December and returning just over 5 weeks later on the 12th January.
In the last 5 years we've been several times to SE Asia;
3 weeks in Thailand (Bangkok, Ayuttayah, Chang Mai, Phuket Town, Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta)
3 weeks in Vietnam (Hanoi, HaLong Bay, Quan Lan, Hue, Hoi An, Phu Quoc, Ho Chi Minh City)
3 1/2 weeks in Singapore/Malaysia/Thailand (Singapore,Langkawi,Koh Lipe,Penang,Kuala Lumpur)

We really enjoyed all of these trips, Vietnam probably being our favourite and are keen to exploit more of SE Asia,
we typically try and have a balance of City/Beach/Nature and a significant part of our holiday enjoyment is the incredible food that SE Asia has to offer, our experience being that street food, cheap simple local restaurants/stalls are far better than most "nice" restaurants, exceptions being the likes of Cuc Gach Quan in HCMC.

We enjoy seeing beautiful nature, doing some hiking, snorkelling,kayaking etc. and enjoying learning about local culture/customs. Some of our best memories include getting the local ferry to Quan Lan and my gf being taught Vietnamese by a charming old man while I was invited to the men's table to drink green tea:-)

We also love meeting locals and other travellers, like to socialise but we're no longer 20 year olds looking to get drunk/laid. We prefer simple beach hut accommodation to fancy hotels, a pair of hammocks and a nice view is all we need during the relaxing stage of the holiday.

So, we were thinking of concentrating mostly in Laos and Cambodia, possible going straight up to Luang Prabang and working our way down or going to Myanmar with possible trips to other parts afterwards, I've researched how easy is to get a Myanmar Visa in Bangkok when we arrive.

I've done some research on accommodation in Myanmar and reports are very conflicting with many people claiming that going without reservations is foolhardy with demand outstripping supply and others claiming that they had no problems finding somewhere to stay last minute. It's hard to know what to believe, especially with the country in such a dynamic state,e.g. "No ATMs, only bring perfect USD" seems no longer to be true with many ATMs in Yangon.

I'd greatly appreciate any advice or suggestions from people who have recent knowledge of the countries listed.

Thank you very much in advance.

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Posted by amnicoll on 25/11/2013 at 05:39

I can highly recommend both Cambodia and Laos but it is so long since I was in Burma that my ino there is out of date.

For me the highlight of Laos was the north up towards the Chinese border areas and Luang P. In Cambodia you might like homestay I love the village of Chi Phat but there are several others

Not a beach person but towns of Kampot (with a visit to Kep for seafood and beach) and Kratie are both nice and of course there is Angkor Wat which is a must even if Siem Reap is a bit touristy

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