I backpacked around Birma and Thailand for 60 days last summer and I'm so excited to go back to SEA. A couple of days ago I wrote a post on this forum about a potential itinerary for Thailand (return flight back to Europe from Bangkok), Laos and Cambodia. I'm travelling with my best friend (her first time in SEA!) so I'll have to revisit a couple of places in Thailand (not that I mind). After A LOT of research I've come up with this itinerary (and decided to skip Laos) and I'd like some feedback as well as some suggestions (daytrips/attractions/activities). So here it goes:
30/6 flight to surat thani with airasia + ferry to ko samui
4/7 catch the ferry to ko phangan
(anyone any tips on visiting ang thong marine park? any good tour companies?)
5/7 (half moon party -is it any good?)
7/7 catch ferry to ko tao
10/7 ferry to chumpon and hop on the bus to bangkok (arrive in bangkok around midnight)
11/7 fly to chiang mai
13/7 minibus to pai
16/7 fly to siem reap with airasia (2000 baht!)
19/7 hop on the boat to phnom penh (or better take the bus?)
21/7 catch the bus to sihanoukville
23/7 ferry to koh rong
26/7 (possible to take a daytrip to kep? or should i go longer?)
take the bus back to Sihanoukville and go back to Phnom Penh/fly back to Bangkok somewhere between 28/7-31/7. From Bangkok take a small trip to Kanchanaburi (Erawan Waterfalls + Elephant World Sanctuary). Fly back home on august 4!
So, what do you think? Thank you!
Don't put timelines on things. Go someplace, move on when you feel like it, not on a schedule.
Get to what you get to.
This place is about pace of life, not about seeing things. Go slow, relax and just enjoy the mood.
Blow off the full / half moon party. The general opinion by a lot of people is that it's overblown and carries more risk than it's worth.