My girlfriend and I will be doing about 6 weeks (June 4th-July 13rd) in thailand, cambodia, and laos. It is our first trip. We both tend to really research things, and perhaps plan too much, but we accept that things may not go as planned and that's part of the adventure! ;)
We like nature, good food (especially vegetarian), swimming. we don't really do rock climbing or any 'adventure' sports.
Here is our rough itinerary
We will arrive in bangkok, stay for several days, then fly or take a train/bus to Krabi town. Then, we will boat to Ton Sai to visit a friend and stay there for 4-5 days or so. We may visit some of the nearby islands such as Ko Phi Phi. Anything we ought to see down here? We are more into natural beauty and not seeking the big city/ fast-paced environment. Really wondering about train vs. flying this leg, in terms of cost, comfort and enjoyment. I was looking at surat thani, nakhon Si thammarat, and trang as places to get off train- possiby spend a day or two, then bussing it to krabi town. would the bus ride be pleasant? worth seeing the gulf coast towns? Seems like round trip plane tickets are much cheaper, and wondering if we should do bangkok to phuket, then back to bangkok, and get our train experience from bangkok to chiang mai.
Then, we will quickly make our way up to Chiang Mai (again, train vs flight). We will hang out there 2-3 days, then head up to Huay Xai to catch the slow boat to Luang Prabang, Laos. Hang out there a while, eventually head down to ventiane. Perhaps do a one day excursion to the plain of jars. We plant to spend 12 days or so in Laos. Any other ideas for northern laos?
Then, we will fly into Phnom Penh, visit there and siem reap to our main cambodian destination, Ankgor Wat. We plan on spending at least 3 days there. we are interested in battambang and possibly seeing the bamboo train. We will then make our way back to bangkok. Overland or fly?
We don't want to be in transit the whole time, and are trying to leave enough space in the plan for enjoying all the surprises along the way. We decided not to do vietnam during this trip for that reason.
Any advice/feedback from those seasoned travelfishers would be much appreciated!!
#1 leones707 has been a member since 11/5/2010. Posts: 1