4 days in SE Asia- where would you go?

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May 8th, 2014, 10:12 AM
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4 days in SE Asia- where would you go?

Hi all,

Planning a trip to SE Asia for late September/October of this year. I think I'm going to hit Bali for an 8 day tour, as well as Hanoi/Halong Bay for a few days.

I have about 4 extra days that I can play with while I'm over there. For the purpose of this thread let's assume a few things:
I won't stay in Indonesia longer
I won't stay in Hanoi longer
I won't go to Thailand
I'd prefer to not take an overnight train (bad back) but a few hour train ride is ok!

Where would you go? Direct flights to/from (Denpasar) Bali and/or Hanoi would be lovely, but I'm ok with layovers! (I haven't decided on the order I'm going to do things, so it might be Hanoi-Bali-??? or Bali-???-Hanoi or something else!)

I'm big on culture (anthropology major- I love seeing how others live), but would like to keep my budget low, and I'd also like to avoid rainy weather (which I know is not possible to predict, but hey I can hope!)
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May 8th, 2014, 11:01 AM
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I'd add the 4 days to Indonesia, visiting central Java.

Four days isn't really enough time to add another country, IMO.

BTW, There is no reason to do a tour in Bali, so easy to do on your own. Just hire a car and driver for a couple of days. The people are warm and friendly and you will meet other travelers, so you won't feel alone.
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May 8th, 2014, 11:08 AM
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Given the stringent criteria you have set, Java would be my choice too.
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May 8th, 2014, 11:08 AM
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Yes, but if you had to, where would you go?

I enjoy tours, and don't feel comfortable as a single female hiring a car and driver. If my SO was coming with me, I'd probably do that, but not on this trip!
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May 8th, 2014, 12:00 PM
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It's not really long enough for Siem Reap, but it might be long enough for you. No reason you shouldn't hire a car and driver in Indonesia (in addition to planes, trains and buses). I did it and I'm a solo female traveler.
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May 8th, 2014, 12:03 PM
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I would get the overnight train from Hanoi to Sapa and spend the time trekking around the villages in the valley. - not great for your back!!!

One other option, avoiding the train journey would be to spend the time in a homestay the Mai Chau. Valley a few hours drive from Hanoi. Very peaceful, amazing scenery and great people ( would tie in nicely with your anthropology major) some photos of our time in. Sapa and Mai Chau
http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blo...ai/3/tpod.html
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May 8th, 2014, 12:13 PM
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You can fly nonstop from Hanoi to Luang Prabang, an interesting destination.
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May 8th, 2014, 12:23 PM
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Sorry, but that night train to Sapa was the second worst train ride I've ever taken, and I've taken a bunch. (The worst was an accidental night sitting up in third on a Thai train.) Incredibly noisy and incredibly bumpy and jerky - I wondered whether the carriage had been couplted properly. Not for someone with a bad back.
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May 8th, 2014, 12:25 PM
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And four days in Luanag Prabang would a nice amount of time.
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May 8th, 2014, 01:04 PM
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Luanag Prabang would be very interesting!!! Thank you!
I just watched AB's trip to Laos and it has sparked my interest in that country for sure.

Unfortunately, crellsston, I am unable to hike (although I've tried many a time!) due to my back problems
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Jun 12th, 2014, 12:09 AM
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Kuching. Sits in between your other selections.
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Jun 12th, 2014, 12:50 AM
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How about taking a trip to Komodo (or similar) from Bali...

http://www.peramatour.com/
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Jun 12th, 2014, 07:04 PM
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Flores tour on that link reads well.
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Jun 18th, 2014, 11:07 PM
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I think a few days in Jakarta would be good considering your conditions. There are endless nooks and crannies to be explored with plenty of good accommodation options as well.If you do visit I recommend the Keraton at The Plaza, Jakarta.
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Jun 19th, 2014, 05:24 AM
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Jakarta? That has to be one of the silliest suggestions I've read in a while. So many nicer and more interesting places to visit in SEA!
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Jun 21st, 2014, 05:50 AM
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I would go to Angkor Wat; 4 days is perfect and it is a lot different from your other locations.
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Jun 24th, 2014, 02:31 AM
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My vote is Luang Prabang. Four days is perfect!
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Jun 24th, 2014, 07:12 AM
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Most hate Jakarta.
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Jun 24th, 2014, 07:48 AM
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If you want leisurely, laid back and beautiful, then stay in Luang Prabang, a wonderful destination - while there are some sights to see, being there is the experience. I loved the place. I would recommend it, too.

If you want intense and overwhelming, and want to immerse yourself in history, go to Siem Reap to see the Angkor Wat complex. I loved the people that I met in our brief visit; really warm and welcoming. Know, though, that Siem Reap is a busy city, and there is a lot to do. Prices are very low, and you can find decent accommodations for not much. You can hire a tuk-tuk driver for very little, too. It's a remarkable place, but it's also exhausting.
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