South East Asia Itenerary

Feb 11th, 2007, 07:28 PM
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South East Asia Itenerary

I'm in the very early stages of planning a trip for next fall time. I'm researching flying into Bangkok and out of Singapore. Is this feasible? How long...2 weeks, 3 weeks? Of course I would like to travel longer but have work time restraints. Or would people recommen Thailand and maybe seeing Cambodia? Any suggestions/opinions would be welcomed. Keith http://rhoadeslesstraveled.com
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Feb 12th, 2007, 04:32 AM
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K-I suggest that you determine your intinerary based upon the length of your trip. From North America, 2 weeks is really 12 days in Asia, 3 weeks is really 19 days. For a two week trip, I suggest no more than three different locations, for three weeks, four locations. You lose 1/2-3/4 day with each change in destination.

As regards locations, if I would rank BKK at the top, second is Siem Riep (Angkor Wat is unique and incredible). Thirs would be dependent upon specific interests, Beach for relaxation, Northern Thailand for cultural exposure and scenery and Singapore if you're a city person. For logistics, I would split up the BKK time to have a few days at the front and a few at the back. It's likely that you will be flying to/from BKK at the start/finish.

BTW, we've gone to Thailand many times in late November and the weather has been very nice. By that time, Phuket and Krabi are past the rainy season.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 06:40 AM
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It sounds like this is your first trip to SE Asia. WHile you can fly into Bangkok and out of Singapore, the places I'd recommend most for a first trip would make in more convenient to fly in and out of Bangkok. Like Gpanda, I recommend you take three weeks if at all possible. Bangkok, Siem Reap Cambodia to visit Angkor, a place in Northern Thailand and perhaps a stop at a beach location would be a well-rounded first trip.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 07:23 AM
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i agree with both suggestions above...you have to determine what you like best....i think a first trip is best spent in thailand with maybe one outside foray, like to angkor wat (siem reap cambodia) or to luang prabang, laos....

from your name i assume you like country settings most....so some time in bkk to start and to adjust---suggest 3-5 days.....then angkor wat for about 4 full days....then bkk for a few more days....then head to the golden triangle in northern thailand for about 4-5 days and then return to bkk for a few days....you could even squeeze a few days at the beach in between...: hua hin, krabi, koh chang or koh samui might work for you??

singapore is an interesting place but it is very antiseptic....its best combined with a trip to malaysia, indonesia or other southern SE Asia locals... imo
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Feb 12th, 2007, 04:17 PM
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You have gotten some great advice. I have lived in BKK for 5 years and travel a lot. I would recommend flying in and out of BKK. Singapore is a bit boring to be honest and you do not get a real feel for Asia there. It is just another big city. Depending on where you are from and how well you deal with jet lag, you need to factor that into your trip for the return. You do not want to show up for work the next day and fall asleep at your desk. I would fly into BKK and stay a few days. Then I would fly to Cambodia and spend 2 days tops at Angkor (break to tour into 2 days and arrange to take a van out to the fishing village-really interesting) You can then fly into Siagon and tour the tunnels or fly back to the north of thailand. Depending on what month you are traveling does deterine where you go as the rainy season lasts from end of May to October depending on the region you visit. As for the beach, I recommend Krabi over Phuket. First it is cheaper and just as nice, but the boat trips from Krabi are so beautiful. The rock formations creating islands are really wonderul.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 04:24 PM
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Let me comment on the recommendation to spend just two days max at Angkor. There are many dozens of accessible temples. If you are at all interested in the temples, do give yourself enough time to visit the major temples. That takes three full days. if you are very interested in the temples, you'll want more time. I spent a week in Siem Reap visitng the temples, with a half day trip to Tonele Sap. I would have loved even more time.
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Singapore might be a great introduction to Asia...compact, easy to get around, great food. We are very much looking forward to our 6 days there in August. From Singapore, it is easy and not expensive to fly to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, Siem Reap or Phnom Penh...among other places. Jetstar flies to Siem Reap on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing early and arriving in Siem Reap in time for breakfast, giving you a full day for sightseeing on your travel day.

If you spent a few days in Singapore, flew to Siem Reap, then flew to Bangkok, and maybe added on a beach location or a northern Thailand location if you had 3 weeks....I think it would be a great trip.

I would start with Singapore as it is a gentle introduction to Asia. Spend 4 or 5 days there...there is plenty to see and do, as we've found in making our own plans to be there. What originally started out as a 2 day stay is now 6 nights because we found so much we wanted to do in Singapore.

Fly to Siem Reap, and plan to spend 3 - 5 days there so you have time to see temples, Tonle Sap, smaller villages around Siem Reap, and to relax, as it is hot and temple sightseeing can be quite exhausting...better to take it easy than to try to do a 2 day marathon where one temple blends into the next and you get temple burnout. Plan in some down time for a swim, spa, walk around town, relaxing time. If you have 3 weeks, you might add 2 days in Phnom Penh.

Fly from Siem Reap or Phnom Penh to Bangkok, and either fly right on out again to somewhere else in Thailand, or stay in Bangkok for 4 - 5 days. Plenty to see and do here too.

If you have 3 weeks, I'd consider adding northern Thailand for 4 - 5 days...Chiang Mai and/or Chiang Rai/Golden Triangle.

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