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Early Itinerary Planning for SEA

Posted by robbydoc on 11/11/2017 at 16:23

Can I get a general critique of these two itineraries?

This will be out first trip to Southeast Asia. We have only been to India and Japan in Asia but was have traveled a lot in Europe. It's just me and my wife. We are a energetic couple in our late 30s. Does this itinerary flow OK? Are we spending to much time anywhere. We plan to travel use Bus expect for the flight and boat. Is this reasonable? I prefer option 1 but the cost of plane flight may force me into option 2.


Option 1
Friday, December 14, 2018 Leave USA
Saturday, December 15, 2018 Arrive in Chiang Mai (Late Night)
Sunday, December 16, 2018 Chiang Mai
Monday, December 17, 2018 Chiang Mai
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Chiang Mai
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Bus to Chiang Rai
Thursday, December 20, 2018 Chiang Rai
Friday, December 21, 2018 Bus to Border
Saturday, December 22, 2018 Boat to Pakbeng
Sunday, December 23, 2018 Boat to Luang Prabang
Monday, December 24, 2018 Luang Prabang
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Luang Prabang
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Luang Prabang
Thursday, December 27, 2018 Bus to Vang Vieng
Friday, December 28, 2018 Vang Vieng
Saturday, December 29, 2018 Bus to Vientiane
Sunday, December 30, 2018 Vientiane
Monday, December 31, 2018 Fly to Phnom Penh
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Phnom Penh
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Phnom Penh
Thursday, January 3, 2019 Bus to Siem Reap
Friday, January 4, 2019 Siem Reap
Saturday, January 5, 2019 Siem Reap
Sunday, January 6, 2019 Bus to Bangkok
Monday, January 7, 2019 Bangkok
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Bangkok
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Daytrip to Ayuttaya
Thursday, January 10, 2019 Bangkok
Friday, January 11, 2019 Fly Home
Saturday, January 12, 2019 Arrive Home
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Option 2
Friday, December 14, 2018 Leave USA
Saturday, December 15, 2018 Arrive in Bangkok (Late Night)
Sunday, December 16, 2018 Bangkok
Monday, December 17, 2018 Bangkok
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Daytrip to Ayuttaya
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Bus to Chiang Mai
Thursday, December 20, 2018 Chiang Mai
Friday, December 21, 2018 Chiang Mai
Saturday, December 22, 2018 Bus to Chiang Rai
Sunday, December 23, 2018 Chiang Rai
Monday, December 24, 2018 Bus to Border
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Boat to Pakbeng
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Boat to Luang Prabang
Thursday, December 27, 2018 Luang Prabang
Friday, December 28, 2018 Luang Prabang
Saturday, December 29, 2018 Luang Prabang
Sunday, December 30, 2018 Bus to Vang Vieng
Monday, December 31, 2018 Vang Vieng
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Bus to Vientiane
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Vientiane
Thursday, January 3, 2019 Fly to Phnom Penh
Friday, January 4, 2019 Phnom Penh
Saturday, January 5, 2019 Phnom Penh
Sunday, January 6, 2019 Bus to Siem Reap
Monday, January 7, 2019 Siem Reap
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Siem Reap
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Bus to Bangkok
Thursday, January 10, 2019 Bangkok
Friday, January 11, 2019 Fly Home
Saturday, January 12, 2019 Arrive Home
Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Posted by somtam2000 on 11/11/2017 at 18:55 admin

Hi,

They both make logistical sense. A minor thought on the second version:

I'd overnight in Ayutthaya then get the train from there to Chiang Mai. It is a long trip, more comfortable by train than bus and the trip is quite scenic (if you take a day train!)

Christmas in Luang Prabang will most likely be pretty busy and reservations would be prudent (obviously you have loads of time to make them!). The trip is peak season, so you should expect significant crowds in Siem Reap, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang.

More questions, ask away

Cheers

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Posted by amnicoll on 13/11/2017 at 06:17

I basically agree with Somtam but rather than overnight in Ayutthaya I would spend the day in Ayutthaya and catch the sleeper from there - the best scenery is in the north

Also you may wish to be aware that there is a new daily bus service from Nan to Luang Prabang if you want an alternative way to get to LP but I am guessing the boat trip is part of the adventure
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1357420/new-nan-luang-prabang-bus-service-launched

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