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best route to travel in se asia

Posted by ctam2009 on 31/7/2009 at 13:04

just wondering the best route to travel while in south east asia. i'll be there with my girlfriend from september until december, and was initially planning to head from bangkok -> laos, then to vietnam (hanoi) and then back down south through cambodia and finishing up the last few weeks in the gulf of thailand. if anyone would suggest an alternate route (thinking perhaps heading the opposite way instead), i would appriciate the feedback. thanks.

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Posted by mattocmd on 31/7/2009 at 21:08

Looks good to me. I guess your next step is to research and choose all of the border crossings that you will use. Also if you want to head south through Vietnam or check out Southern Laos and cross into Cambodia that way.

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Posted by SBE on 1/8/2009 at 06:12

The Andaman coast will have better weather than the gulf of Thailand in December. Other than that it looks an OK plan to me too.

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Posted by MADMAC on 1/8/2009 at 11:27

I would recommend against taking sand to the beach... but that's just me.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 1/8/2009 at 12:42


I figure you'd be hitting Laos & northern VN at about an OK time.

Other than that, if you accept that you'll be in SE Asia from Sept - Dec, and so don't concentrate too much on getting at some place because the weather @ the place is supposed to be 'right', I suggest you'll be fine.

I made some comments here that I would have presented here. So, please pick up the ideas I was suggesting there and apply them to you.

Personally, with the time you've got, I'd be trying to steer clear of the Banana Pancake Trail as much as I could (go here to read that thread).

As has been said by so many others on Travelfish - the must see places aren't must see in the same way as Europe, etc. Rather, it's being in a (hopefully non touristy) place to soak up the way SE Asians live, enjoy and emote.

On deciding where to go, what to do, etc, try not to rush around like a blue-arsed fly. Just cruise!!! ...(on this, I wrote a few words here).

Hope this helps.


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Posted by peteverunka on 18/8/2009 at 23:28

ctam2009, i too have spent the last couple of months trying to decide the best route around. Alot of similarities with your trip (travelling from bangkok, with my girlfriend, starting in October09) except i have decided to go the other way. My route:

Bangkok -> Cambodia (Koh Kong border) -> Riverine crossing to Vietnam -> up vietnam and into Laos -> back into thailand -> down thai to Malaysia -> out at singapore.

I'm not quite sure why we are going this way round, i think it fits fairly nicely to potentially spend christmas in Chiang Mai and New year further down thailand. Also was told by a pretty enthusiastic guy that the journey down laos can be quite an adventure that way.

My main concern at the moment is thai visas, we plan to stay in thailand for the first part for no more than 14days. I'm hoping its safe to wait until Vientiane, Laos and apply for tourist visa at the thai consulate there [fingers crossed].

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Posted by Bien00 on 10/11/2010 at 19:56

There are several routes to travel to asia, I think that the best route can be throgh by air, it is the fastest way to travel.

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Posted by enigmatic on 12/7/2012 at 01:10

Laos to Vietnam could be a pain by bus - the bus journey from Vientiane to Hanoi is infamously bad and the possibility of travelling from Southern Laos to Hue is to be regarded as theoretical even if you find a travel agent that'll sell you tickets.
(I actually did the latter: after getting a partial refund for a joint ticket involving a change to a bus that wasn't going to turn up for two days I had two days of good fun meeting surprised locals and failing to flag down long distance buses whilst hopping between towns on local transport. Not a route I'd recommend though.)

Thailand to Northern Laos to Southern Laos to Cambodia to Saigon to North Vietnam and then a cheap flight to BKK from Hanoi (to finish up in the islands) is probably the most logical itinerary - if you book at the right time an AirAsia flight shouldn't cost much at all. Flights from Laos, on the other hand, tend to be quite expensive.

If you're intending on taking the slow boat in Laos between Huay Xai (Thai border) to Luang Prabang, you'll probably be sharing the boat with fewer first-time tourists if organise your itinerary so you go the other way (Laos to Northern Thailand), which may or may not be a good thing.

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Posted by mariajames on 10/12/2012 at 09:20

if you wish to arch south through Vietnam or analysis out Southern Laos and cantankerous into Cambodia that way.

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Posted by steevennsmithh on 11/4/2013 at 13:23

it is depend to where are yo go to in Asia.

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Posted by parveen7 on 23/12/2013 at 00:38

There are so many places. I recommend for Andaman Coast..

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 24/12/2013 at 04:12

No best route. Depends what u like. Following others around like sheep makes no sense unless you are all identical.

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