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Itinerary help and suggestions

Posted by Norcalmom3 on 26/12/2013 at 22:31

Some background:
3rd trip to Asia with myhusband and parents (we are mid-30's and my parents are mid-60's). Last two trips were Thailand and we are moving on now to a tripcovering Cambodia, Vietnam and maybe Laos.
The last trip to Thailand we took we researched alot on TA and posted a lot! Ouritineraries tend to be adventurous and we heard a few times that we couldn'tfit all we wanted in a 17/19 day trip doing Northern and Southern Thailand andwe feel that we did just fine without compromising the trip or skipping thingswe really wanted.
Our trip highlights and what we loved most:
*Chiang Mai and a amazing tour with a personal guide,Jermsak, through Chiang rai hills, watefalls and Mekongraft trip.
*Phang Nga area with the limestone rocks and cavetours. We did miss an opportunity to goon a 2 day elephant, tree house stay and want to try to find a place to do thatin our future SE Asia trip.
*Didn't love the touristy part of Phuket, but stayed in aquiet resort and loved Phi Phi's beauty but really touristy!
*Canal tour through Bangkok
*doing tae chi in Lumpini park eating breakfast with thelocals in the park (they were quite impressed with 4 tall Americans wanting totry everything we could buy at the local food area in the park).

This trip:
We will have 17-19 days and we would like to do
* Angkor Wat and maybe Battambang. Being not HUGE all day, several day palacefolks we are hoping 2 days at Angkor wat issufficient and maybe 1 full day/overnight in Battambang.
(Read about Si Phan Don but unsure how effective we can getto and get out of there to hoi an)
*Fly from Siem Reap to Hoi An. Thinking 2-3 days to tour that area
(not huge beachy beachy people but enjoy it for a few days
*Fly to Hanoi and reallyinterested in halong Bay, maybe 3-4 days (readabout a slower paced less touristy Lan Ha Bay?)
*Luang Prabang (unsure how to get there if there is aflight) and the area of Nam Ha NPA sound amazing to do an eco tour, but need toresearch good one

If time, we hope to end the trip with a few days in Hong Kong before home.

Thoughts? Wecertainly loved the Mekong river boat afternoon with our personal tour guide onhis own wooden raft where they made food for us on the back and we are unsureif all of Mekong is a similar setting and views as we don't want to repeat whatwe have done in the past, but if there is a certain part of the Mekong that isworth doing please let me know.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 27/12/2013 at 04:04

You know what u want. Enjoy.

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