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1 month Thailand - include side trip? Laos or Cambodia?

Posted by noakess on 15/10/2010 at 01:10

Hi, will be visiting Thailand after 1 month in vietnam, would you recommend 1 side trip ? can't decide between Laos and Cambodia for 7-10 days...

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Posted by busylizzy on 15/10/2010 at 02:02

I think both would give you very different experiences. What sort of thing are you looking for?

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Posted by exacto on 15/10/2010 at 02:10

both are great places but for different reasons. like lizzy says above, what are you looking to do?

perhaps geography and logistics could help you as well. will you be flying or going overland from vietnam to thailand? any chance you could stop through cambodia or laos en route? if you picked up a thai tourist visa beforehand that would solve the 15-day only visa exemption issue if you arrived in thailand by land.

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Posted by noakess on 15/10/2010 at 04:12

Hi, need to start in BKK (meeting boyfriend), then thought of either doing:
BKK
Siem Reap
Phnom Phen
Chiang Rai+Chiang Mai
Sukhothai
Kanchanaburi
BKK
Island (already booked - 1 week)

or....


BKK
Vientiane
Vang Vieng
Luang Prabang
Chiang Rai+Chiang Mai
Sukhothai
Kanchanaburi
BKK
Island (already booked - 1 week)

or just do Thailand for full month - and explore the North properly.
a little worried about travel time in Laos....
what do you think? I like nature, temples not too into VV backpackers scene

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Posted by caseyprich on 15/10/2010 at 08:28

Well, if you like temples and nature you can just plan to make your way up through Northern Laos into Northern Thailand. Not being into VV you can just skip it and head straight for LP (Vientiane 2days/1night may be enough - and a couple days for LP). From LP you could work your way north to Luang Nam Tha for a day or two of hiking, then cross back into Thailand at Huay Xai to work your way over to Chiang Rai /Chiang Mai.

I believe it should only take a day (a full day) to get form LP to Luang Nam Tha, so with 10 days budgeted to Laos you could do this loop in 9 and have that extra day to get from the boarder over to Chiang Rai . . then down to Chaing Mai . . . and carry on.

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Posted by exacto on 16/10/2010 at 01:35

since you're keen to visit northern Thailand, i'd say Laos is a better choice than Cambodia simply because of distance and logistics. you could fly to or from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang to save time too if you can afford it.

spending the entire month in Thailand exploring the north isn't such a bad idea either. you'd get to really stretch out and enjoy the places you plan to visit. or there are lots of other great stops to explore as well, including Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Chiang Dao, and Mae Hong Son, just to name a few. have fun. cheers.

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Posted by noakess on 16/10/2010 at 14:51

Thanks exacto! might just stay in Thailand - Can you maybe suggest other places to see in the north/ central?
(will starting and ending in BKK - happy to travel by trains...), ill it be cold during Dec/Jan in the North?


Ayutthaya
Sukhothai
Kanchanaburi
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai


I started researching your suggestions as well - Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Chiang Dao, and Mae Hong Son - all sound doable and amamzing !

Will be happy to hear other ideas / routes etc. thanks !

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Posted by tonysplace on 17/10/2010 at 12:06

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Posted by caseyprich on 17/10/2010 at 17:53

It won't be cold in the planes - shorts weather. However, up in the highlands you'll want to pack some trousers and a fleece as the temperature will dip a little in the evening.

From Chiang Mai I can highly recommend the long trek with Pooh Eco Travel - it was an unforgettable experience and far less touristy than the stories I've heard about elephant rides and bamboo rafts. Even if you decided not to go I guess some of the guys at the station will hang out with you as my friends ended up throwing some back with them one evening even though the decided not to take the trek.

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Posted by caseyprich on 17/10/2010 at 17:53

'plains' - i always find planes cold.

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Posted by rachstex on 21/10/2010 at 03:29

flying to Bangkok in april however flyng out of Singapoor,any reccomendations on how to get to sigapoor under out own steam taking in as much of Vietnam and Laos as possible?

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