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Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:59 PM
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2 Weeks to visit Thailand and 2more countries

My husband and I are hoping to travel to Asia on October 15 for two weeks, can possibly be extended to 3. Thailand is at the top of my list as I have always dreamed about visiting, but we also would like to see one or two other countries. I was hoping to visit Indonesia and Vietnam, but it seems that it would make more sense to see Cambodia.

We like to do outdoor activities, so we are interested in hiking and seeing things off the beaten path, we like culture and food.

We hope to fly quite a bit to get to destinations to save time, but I'm not sure if that will take away a lot of the scenery worth seeing.

The more I research Thailand the more confused I am as to where to start!
I can't decide if the north is better option than the south, what do you guys suggest? We love beaches, but I'm worried since we're going in October it may rain a lot, and if we can do a beach in another country I am okay with that.

Does anybody have any ideas on itineraries and what is worth seeing and what neighboring countries would be great to see? We want to see as much as possible but we also don't want to overdo it and rush to see too much.
Ultimately we want to choose places that will have great weather (not too much rain) and where we can absorb as much of the culture as possible.

We are flying from YYZ, any suggestions on best connectors? We might spend a few days here too.

Thanks!
Any help is great! We are starting the planning a bit late and Im so overwhelmed!
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Sep 2nd, 2012, 07:44 PM
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October is the most difficult month for beaches in SE Asia mainland. Let me suggest that you start by choosing what is most important to you.

If Thailand is at the top of your list, then devote enough time to see some of it. The idea that you want to see three countries in two weeks is... not a good one. Logistically, you can do it, but you'll have no experience of the places. If you can make it three weeks, you have more options.

For a first Thailand trip, I'd suggest time in Bangkok, some time in the north, perhaps the Golden Triangle area, and if you want a beach add that in. If you have three full weeks, I'd suggest a side trip to Cambodia to visit the temples at Angkor. If you choose to cut the beach because of the weather, you might substitute Luang Prabang, Laos.

If the rain puts you off, opt instead for Singapore and Indonesia. They are affected by different monsoons, so the Bali weather will be good. Again, I'd suggest three weeks if at all possible. Indonesia is vast. For a first trip I'd suggest Bali and Java.

Take a look at www.weatherbase.com to get an idea of the typical weather in each location you are interested in.
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Sep 2nd, 2012, 09:07 PM
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a foray to singapore, or bali or both might be nice..
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Sep 3rd, 2012, 04:12 AM
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I agree Angor should be after the North of Thailand. You might want to locate a firm that might bbe qualified to take you to visit the trbis north of Ching Mai and the Keron spread out just south. Very interesting. If you want culture I might suggest Jojgakarta in Java with their amazing temples. We used a guide who is excellent [email protected]. He can take you on some hiking on the still active Mt. Merapi volcano up to 2/3 mile before the peak.Further he can show you villages that arethroufg backs to the Indonesia of 1920-1930's. In Bali their are several oppertunities for hiking off the main roads to lovely waterfalls, They are not large but are 30 fy and serene.Singapore we found to be worth 2 days of sightseeong but not much more, in our opinion.
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