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Posted by rossm18 on 6/4/2014 at 12:22

I am at the very early stages if planing a 3 week trip in thailand in 2015...was wandering if it would be possible to do few days tracking in Chiang Rai, visit Angkor wat (I know it's not in Thailand before any1 corrects me) and would also like to visit a few islands in the south...would this be too much for a 3 week trip, would appreciate any help and what would be the best order to do this in?

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Posted by MADMAC on 6/4/2014 at 12:43

This is easily doable. I would limit myself to one Island, but yes, you can fly to each of these places. With one week in each location, you could even take the shitty ass bus. You have time.

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Posted by rossm18 on 6/4/2014 at 13:00

Thanks...would probably fly some parts of it to save time but would want to experience the shitty buses at some point aswell...would you have any suggestions in what order you would do this or would it not matter much?

Thanks again looking for any help I can get.

Ross

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Posted by busylizzy on 6/4/2014 at 14:12

Buses in Thailand and Cambodia aren't all that shitty for the most part. If I were you, I'd look into flight options between the three just to check prices. In particular, check Air Asia as they are very cheap at times. That might help determine which legs you want to fly (if not all).

I'd do the islands last - it's nice to finish a trip with some relaxing beach time.

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Posted by Tilapia on 6/4/2014 at 14:21

You could save yourself some time and money by skipping the island(s) in the south and going to one of the islands in Cambodia (you're going to be there anyway) or in Trat Province, Thailand, which is close to the Cambodian border and less than a day away from Bangkok.

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Posted by rossm18 on 6/4/2014 at 14:26

Thanks will look into these suggestions.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 6/4/2014 at 16:51

Pick islands and beaches close together. Flights r cheap so can skip buses most of the time.

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Posted by MADMAC on 6/4/2014 at 23:13

"Buses in Thailand and Cambodia aren't all that shitty for the most part"

All buses are shitty at all times. Can't believe we got back to this again.

"You could save yourself some time and money by skipping the island(s) in the south and going to one of the islands in Cambodia (you're going to be there anyway) or in Trat Province"

I agree here. From a geograghic point of view it makes a lot of sense. Koh Chang is nice if you are looking for laid back.

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Posted by caseyprich on 7/4/2014 at 01:33

On the idea of limiting yourself to a single island, I'd say that you could explore a couple islands - so long as they are in the same area, such as the Koh Chang group (with Koh Mak & Koh Wai) which offers a variety of different experiences that can be had with a week of short hops about that don't take away so much as they 'add to' the feeling of holiday for some. I like packing up after 3 nights on one beach and taking a short boat ride to a new location to explore.

If you are going from Chiang Rai area down to Siem Reap and then back over to the islands around Trat I'd recommend a flight from Chiang Mai to Siem Reap. With only 3 weeks you don't want to eat up two days in transit from the north of Thailand over to western Cambodia. You'll be much happier with that time spent with feet on the ground somewhere.

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Posted by busylizzy on 7/4/2014 at 10:04

""All buses are shitty at all times. Can't believe we got back to this again.""
That's your opinion.

"Buses in Thailand and Cambodia aren't all that shitty for the most part"
That's my opinion. And I suspect the opinion of a majority of travellers on this forum, who tend to be trying to work to some sort of travel budget. And who just might enjoy the idea of a bus ride that allows you to see the scenery as you drive by. I'm all for flying to save long journey's, but sometimes, bus ARE good options. For many of us, at least.

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