Myself and a friend are about to book tickets for a 5 week visit in SE Asia (possibly a little longer as we're getting a flexible outgoing flight).
The plan was to fly into singapore and make our way through Thialand and Cambodia to Vietnam (flying out of Hanoi.
The first leg from Singapore to Bangkok - we have looked into a train journey for this (www.seat61.com) described as the 'jungle line'..any recommendations?
In general are tains/buses especially challanging in SE Asia?
Also any suggested routes? Do you think 5 weeks is long enough/is travel expensive? and any general advice?
Thanks for any help/advice given!
#1 srose88 has been a member since 26/11/2009. Posts: 1
If you want time to see/do anything, I recommend at least 1 flight.
Is there anywhere you want to stop between Singapore and Bangkok? The direct route is > 24 hours on the train, and "the jungle line" is NOT the direct route!
The timings for the Jungle Line aren't super-frequent (1 or 2 each day, early in the AM), so if you actually want to do this whole leg by train (including the Jungle Line) I imagine it would take about 3 days from Singapore to Bangkok (to get the timings right!).
If nothing piques your interest between Singapore and Bangkok, I'd suggest flying. Or at least fly from Singapore to Phuket or Krabi for a couple days at the beach, then travel overland to Bangkok from there