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Beaches, Food, Culture

Posted by dazman85 on 8/3/2015 at 05:49

Hey I am planning of traveling with my wife to south east Asia for a 5-6 week trip in Late Feb Mar 2015.
My wife and I are 26 and 30, we would like to spend the majority of our time island hoping staying / visiting some gorgeous more secluded than crowded islands with fantasist beaches and food. Secondly we would like to incorporate a bit of must see culture on the way.
this is a first time visit and I am unsure if I am being to optimistic in terms of places we want o visit and or whether the iternary can be changed to make it all work. Any suggestions help will be much appreciated.
we will be flying as much as possible to save time and we are thinking along the lines of...
Fly into Bangkok 2 nights - Food culture
fly to the south west / south east of Thailand - still undecided where to fly into and what region would give us the best base to depart on a mini island hoping experience - 2 weeks (opinions ideas?)
fly back to Bangkok then flight to Siem Reap - Culture - 2 days
fly to Phnom Penh - Food & culture - 2 days
Mini bus and ferry to Koh Rong Island - 1 week island stay
bus to Ha Tien and ferry to Phu Quoc - 1 week island
Bus to Ho Ching Ming 2 days
flight back to bangkok and home

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Posted by amnicoll on 8/3/2015 at 08:03

Can't help thinking too much island time. Generally the islands are not renown for their culture and and good though the food is likely to be especially the fish and seafood you will perhaps find better away from the touristy areas if you want to experience some of the real special dishes to be found

Before deciding SE or SW Thailand have a quick look at weather maps for the time you will be there and even consider if you want to do the trip in reverse it is more likely to rain in S Cambodia at the end of April than the beginning for instance

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Posted by dazman85 on 8/3/2015 at 10:40

Thanks for your reply we would be looking to leave around the middle of Feb so would be getting to the Cambodia & Vietnam area mid March which I believe is the dry season
I have been doing some of research regarding the south of Thailand and I seem to be getting a some what contradictory picture. It seems like the Phuket Krabi , Phi Phi and surrounding area are very commercialised and filled with tourists making it difficult to find the "laid back, hammock reading, odd bar and restaurant type of islands" Would this be difficult to find in the South West, is the idea to use these (above) areas as a base and then head out by boat to find the desired islands a good strategy?
If not we would be looking to drop the time spent down south in favour of a bit more culture and food in the north of Thailand and focus our beach time in Cambodia and Vietnam as mentioned in the first post.
Although we like a bit of culture the main purpose of the visit is beach time but we are not ones for partying hard all night or for overly developed destinations and so would like to avoid the full moon and heavy partying spots.

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Posted by amnicoll on 9/3/2015 at 06:45

I like the area round Trang but there are also many places on the mainland that fit the "laid back, hammock reading, odd bar and restaurant type of" place and not stuffed full of partying tourists.

You could look at the coast between Surat Thani and nakhon Si Thammarat or the areas around Satun or Prachum Kiri Khan for instance

Yes at that time Cambodia and Vietnam should be dry

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