Where to spend 18 days in Southeast Asia
November 7, 2011 12:58 PM Subscribe
We've got 18 days in Southeast Asia - where should we go?
posted by JPD to travel & transportation (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
We will be arriving in Bangkok very early hours of 29/12. We will be leaving from any major city in Southeast Asia on 16/1. I do not want to commit the sin of "too many places."
Right now our plan is 3 days in Bangkok, fly to Siem Reap, 3 days there, fly to Luang Prabang, 3 days there. then we start to lose a clear sense of purpose. Spend 3-4 days travelling up to Muang Khua via Muang Ngoi and Nong Khiau by boat? Then make our way back around to Oudomxay and then to Vietiane and then the last few days on a beach somewhere? Where should we go to the beach?
Or go straight from Luang Prabang and spend 8 days in Vietnam? If we only have 8 days in Vietnam where should we focus our time? Hanoi? Hoi An? Hue? Ho Chi Minh City?
Or should we take a boat up the Mekong into Thailand and check out Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai? (Not too into the elephant thing - we went on Safari in '10 - loved it, but not looking for a repeat yet)
Figure money isn't so big of an issue and neither is flying. This is our first trip to SE Asia. Married, Early 30's. Reasonably seasoned travellers. Like a drink or two, but not looking to "Party"