I'm starting my year out next April and was trying to get an idea of how is best to travel from Bangkok to Laos and Ko Pan Ngan.
I'm giving myself about 4weeks to do this part of my trip. Is this long enough or too long? Would be flying into and out of Bangkok airport so including how to get back to Bangkok quickly and cheaply would be helpful. Also if people think 4weeks may be too long going into Vietnam would be an option, would this be feasible on a £25-£30 a day budget?
Any help on this would be appreciated greatly
#1 philmill05 has been a member since 27/6/2011. Posts: 3
Help 1 (I am smiling), you don't have to post it 3 times. the most recent post gets' pushed to the top of the queue. People WILL see it under most recent posts regardless of section.
Now young Phil, no it is NOT too long. Many will say it's not long enough. Look at a region map. Phangan is south. Outside of a night train to Surat Thani and then a ferry or a train to Chumpon and then a ferry...flying is the fastest. Fly to Samui and ferry over to KP. To Samui is an hour tops. Fly back if speed is important. The night trains are part of a great experience.
as for the time..people spend 2-3 months in Thailand alone so no it is not too long. Before we go on how long do you WANT to travel? Then we can help easier. You could spend a couple of weeks just messing around in the Gulf or going over to the west side islands. You could spend 2 weeks in the Chiang Mai area... Laos Could be 2-4 weeks depending on if you are just sightseeing or hanging out for more experiences.
You could fly or bus to Laos but decide where in Laos you are looking to go? Luang Prabang? VV?
Are you going alone? 32 pounds a day or about 50 dollars US is good. If you share rooms that could be say $10 a day on rooms. Food budget extra in case so $10. What you don't eat you can drink it. local travel $10 for taxis or moto rental or such...what you don't spend you have for extras...now separate costs before you leave will be insurance. Your big flights like Bkk to Samui can be figured out before you go. That is about 100 to 150 depending on the flight time. Only Bangkok Air flies to Samui. You could fly cheaper to Surat Thani then take a ferry etc. See? You have options. Have extra for emergencies. But that is why getting insurance is important.
Once you have an idea if you are going to visit north Thailand (you should) then you can look at crossing options and when you say.."I want to go to Luang Prapang" the options come in. So let us know! Good luck!
If you are unsure of what airlines to where? You can look up each local airport like Surat Thani and see who flies there. You will see if budget Airlines like Air Asia or NOK air fly there. They are cheaper than Bangkok Air or Thai Airways.