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SE Asia: Direction of travel during Monsoon season?

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Starting mid May this year, I'll be traveling through South East Asia for 3-4 months. I fly into Bangkok and plan on taking in Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. I'm completely flexible about what order these are done in, direction of travel etc.

I'm aware that it will be monsoon season at that time which I'm not overly concerned with, but I'd like to know whether people thought one direction of travel would be better than the other at that time of the year (Clockwise T-B-L-V-C vs Anti-clockwise T-C-V-L-B) in terms of minimising the impact of the wet season.

I'm also wondering whether to do Thailand's southern islands at the beginning or end of the trip, again taking into account monsoon season. Rain is generally something you can work around, but it's not too much fun when you're sitting on a beach.

It may be that it's all just too unpredictable and there is no best way to do it, but just wanted to see what people thought.



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