I am a 22 year old female setting out on a RTW trip with my boyfriend on 9th Feb 2011.
We are planning on spending 5/6 weeks travelling around Thailand, Vietnan & Cambodia. I have done up a brief itinerary up - so any help/ advice would be greatly appreciated. I am open to any suggestions u's might have on activities, places to see in each place. We are mainly looking to sightsee, trek, elephant ride etc. I am also a non drinker so quieter islands are not a problem for me as it is not necessary to be on the busy islands for going out!! Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this and for any advice u's have for me
10th - 13th Bangkok
13th - night train to Chiang mai
14th - 17th - Chiang mai (possible hill trek & elephant ride)
17th - 19th - Pai (any suggestions what to do here ?? Heard tubing is popular)
19th - head bk to chaing mai & fly to Hanoi (is there any direct flights or will I have to stop of in Bangkok?)
20th -22nd Hanoi
22nd - travel to Hoi An
22nd - 24th Hoi An
25th travel to HCMC
25th - 27th HCMC
28th travel to phom phen
29th -2nd march phom phen
3rd travel to Siem reap
3rd - 5th march Siem reap
5th - travel back to Bangkok & spend 10 days between ko Sami, ko phangan & ko Tao (have travelled southern Thailand before but just wanted to end with a week relaxing before moving on to Australia - so don't mind if I need to cut a few days from this part to another part of my trip)
Is this too rushed??
It's always too rushed. I spent 2 weeks on one island in October and when time was up I was scratching my head wondering where the time went. Given that time and money aren't unlimited, just do your best to spend your holiday NOT en route 12 hours to a place you're going to spend 2 days. Totally up to your own judgement, but take it easy on yourself.
A few tips:
Cut a day out of Bangkok. You don't need 3 days to see what there is to see for a tourist there. I always recommend 2 days or 2 weeks+, nothing in the middle. See the touristy stuff, or actually dig in and get a feel. Anything past 2 days and you're not gaining much.
Don't do a trek out of Chiang Mai. Instead, do one out of Soppong, an hour west of Pai . If you do a trek out of Chiang Mai, it will be really cheesy and not the "authentic" experience you're looking for. Tourist fabrications. That's what you get on a day trip from the largest city in the north.
Don't tube in Pai. During dry season (now), the water level is really low and you'll end up with a bruised ass. In Pai, there's not too much to do and that's kind of the point. It's just a chill, pretty town. Sure, there's a waterfall, hot springs, and a few villages, some more touristy than others (Santichan, for example). Pai is completely touristy, and there's nothing wrong with that, but you'll have to search harder for the hilltribe experience you're looking for.
For flights out of Chiang Mai, check AirAsia. Hope you have a great trip! If you have more questions, ask away.
#2 whardy has been a member since 14/11/2011. Posts: 66