Hello, I am so excited to begin planning my trip to SE Asia. I have done some basic preliminary research and am beginning to draft my itinerary. I am trying to restrain from doing too many things but if it seems like I can comfortably fit more in, please let me know!
I really need feedback in terms of duration and best modes of travel between the locations. My time frame is about 30 days.
Thank you so much!
Flight to Hanoi, Vietnam- 1
Hanoi/Halong Bay- 4
Fly to Cambodia- 1
SiemRiep/Angkor Watt- 4
Train to Bangkok- 1
Train to Chaing Mai- 1
Chaing Mai- 3
Flight to Thai Islands- 1
Flight to Bangkok- 1
#1 cgamon has been a member since 1/1/2014. Posts: 8
its all in any guidebook. Its also the tipical 13 in the dozen well-worn route without surprises. Only ''island'' dest to be reached from CMai by plane is Phuket
Apparently you are USA-so you also need to think about visa.
#2 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
Siem Reap to Bangkok can only be done by train on the Thai side of the border. Take a shared taxi on the Cambodian side.
Read up on the islands a bit more, I think 10 days on just Phuket might get a bit boring. Check out Phi Phi, Lanta, Railay Beach, etc. See good summary here: https://www.travelfish.org/islands.php
Yep buy a 2nd hand guidebook.
#4 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Thank you so much for your suggestions!
I forgot to mention I plan to go late May/June.
And I don't plan to just go to Phuket (I will go to other islands)- I heard also Sumai side may be better in the season but not sure best way to go from Chaing Mai to Sumai (may have to go back to Bangkok first).
#5 cgamon has been a member since 1/1/2014. Posts: 8
I could spend 10 days in Phuket easily - maybe 3 in one of the big 3 beaches Kata/Karon/Patong - 3 near southern jewel beaches like Ya Nui, Nai Harn, Ao Sane (Google for Nai Harn and Rawai accommodation although the latter's beach is not worth writing home to mum about) - 3 in a much closer to Phuket island than Phi Phi (like Ko Racha/Coral Island/Ko Yao Noi/Ko Yao Yai) - and one in a nice close to the airport beach like Nai Yang, Nai Thon or Mai Khao.
But yeah, I kinda think for my first trip I would like to spread a bit further - 10 days based on a Phuket arrival suggests one of the above plus places Bob mentioned - Railay/Ao Nang in Krabi , Phi Phi and good ol' Lanta. If you want to shorten things a bit it is easy to return to Phuket after PP and Railay/Ao Nang via Yao Noi/Yai using Green Planet's speedboat service which can be booked anywhere in the Krabi area.