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South East Asia- Itinerary Thoughts?

Posted by cgamon on 28/1/2014 at 23:18

Hi All,

I am planning 22 day trip to South East Asia. I realize 5 of the days include flights but let me know if you think it is realistic.

Thank you!

May 30:
Begin flight from NYC to Hanoi , Vietnam with a layover in Taiwan.

May 31
Arrive in Hanoi around 10am. Take taxi to hotel and get settled. Explore till we're tired.

June 1:
Explore Hanoi.

June 2nd:
Depart Hanoi for Halong Bay where we will be catching a boat for a two day two night boat tour.

June 3rd:
Hang out in boat ride all day. Overnight.

June 4th:
Depart Halong bay after boat ride concludes and ride back to Hanoi.

June 5th:
Take taxi to airport and depart for direct flight from Hanoi for Siem Reap , Cambodia.

June 6th:
Explore Siem Reap

June 7th:
Head to Angkor Wat and explore temples.

June 8th:
Do some more exploring at Angkor Wat.

June 9th:
Depart Siem Reap and fly to Chiang Mai via transfer in Bangkok.

June 10th:
Explore Chiang Mai

June 11th:
Explore Chiang Mai

June 12th:
Travel to elephant camp day for one day

June 13th:
Depart Chiang Mai for Ko Sumai - beaches. Direct flight Chiang Mai to Sumai Airport.

June 14th:
Relax on Thai beaches (Ko Sumai, Ko Phangan, Ko Tao) etc...

June 15th:
Relax on Thai beaches

June 16th:
Relax on Thai beaches

June 17th:
Relax on Thai beaches

June 18th:
Relax on Thai beaches

June 19th:
Relax on Thai beaches

June 20th:
Depart Ko Sumai and head back to New York via stops in Bangkok and Abu Dhabi.

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Posted by chinarocks on 29/1/2014 at 03:35

I've seen crazier itineraries but this is still a lot of travelling in three weeks and in three different countries. This is quite a bit of checking in and out and lugging backs to airports etc.

My initial thoughts are that you have very little time in Hanoi, one of the best cities in SEA. Would you consider spending more time in Vietnam or are you set on Thailand? Three weeks is a great amount of time to explore Vietnam and have some relaxation time. If it is beaches and culture you are after then Hoi An is a great little town to relax in for a week.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 29/1/2014 at 08:31

Looks ok. Id drop Chiang Mai. City isnt much. Bangkok is more interesting.

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Posted by cgamon on 29/1/2014 at 08:54

Thank you so much for your feedback! I am always so impressed with this forums knowledge and that people actually take the time to respond :)

Based on some opinions, I think I will add a day in Hanoi in the beginning and only do a one night/one day halong bay cruise. This will also allow us to settle into the time change at the start of the trip.

Any other recommendations for tours or hotel accommodations in the locations? My hotel budget is $30-40 range and at the beaches I'm willing to go up a bit in price.

Thank you!

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