Planning a trip to Asia - help!
October 27, 2005 11:54 AM Subscribe
Please help me plan a trip to Asia (Thailand, China, and points in between).
posted by gottabefunky to travel & transportation (13 answers total)
I have friends in Beijing and Kunming, China that I'd like to visit next year, and I just won a 5-day cooking class in Chang Mai, Thailand. So I figure, why not connect the dots? I've never been there before, though.
What I think I'd like to do is do the cooking school first, then head across Cambodia (Angkor Wat) and up Vietnam, maybe hit Laos, and cross into China. I assume fly from Kunming to Beijing. (Or else do the whole thing in the opposite direction.)
I'm wondering if this is possible and feasible in a month or less. I'm looking at sometime early next year (before May).
I've done my share of roughing it but I'm not as young or as poor as I used to be. In other words, I'd like to keep it inexpensive, but I'm willing to shell out for a plane ride if it means avoiding 24 hours on a bus.
Can I cross into China from Vietnam/Laos overland? Can I fly into, say, Bangkok from the US and then fly back out of Beijing? Should I worry about bird flu?
What are some out-of-the-way spots along the way that are worth visiting? I dig the unusual/colorful stuff. I also like trains and boats, i.e. local transport, if they're not exercises in patience and discomfort.