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Thailand vietnam cambodia

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Thailand vietnam cambodia

Hi we are a couple mid 53 & 60 and looking for something different. We have holiday'd all over Oz, Maldives, Mauritius, HK & USA.

We are looking for some help and advice we want a restful holiday but with a bit of adventure have no idea what we should be expecting to pay or what food will cost us - most hotels look like they are B& B.

We would prefer to fly from Manchester and are looking at early June (poss not best time weather wise but what we are stuck with) for about 10 -14nights. It is likely to be a one off trip unless we fall in love with a beach somewhere like we have with the Maldives.

Look forward to your views and advice but please bare in mind my OH is not overly adventureous

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1. Re: Thailand vietnam cambodia

Hi,

Just one of MANY possibilities..

You could fly into Bangkok (BKK).. and from BKK go one of two ways..

1) BKK-Siem Reap-REP (via air) REP-Phnom Penh-PNH (via bus or air) PNH-Saigon-SGN (via bus) SGN-BKK (via air),

2) BKK-SGN (via air) SGN-PNH (via bus), PNH-REP (via bus or air), REP-BKK (via air)

There is decent cross-border bus service between SGN and PNH today and it only seem to get better.. Same apples to PNH up to REP and back..A very popular route.. There is also PNH-REP air service, but naturally it is markedly more expensive than the bus option.

You can easily fly into both SGN and REP from BKK, but the prices to/from REP tend to be more expensive on a relative per-mile basis as that market is dominated by one carrier.. The other route; BKK-SGN is flown by several carriers, so fares reflect a more competitive marketplace.

Travel Safe,

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2. Re: Thailand vietnam cambodia

Hi SOOBS

Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, first off you get a lot for your money. May want to post in each countries forum, to get better results, this is the Bangkok forum. Bangkok has some of the nicest, cleanest, most fabulous service staffed hotels in the world for your money. Keep in mind June can get quite hot in this area of the world. Make sure you find something with a pool.

Good Luck

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If you wish to save time waiting for Vietnam visa is to get the visa in advance from the embassy or by online visa. I would arrive in Bangkok first then Bangkok to Siem Reap by air which is a bit pricey operated by Bangkok Airways.[or bus much cheaper ... it would take 8-9 hours total ] Visit Angkor Wat and for 2 days, then bus to Phnom Penh take 5-6 hours, bus to Ho Chi Minh City , fly back to Bangkok.

You can get your Cambodian visa in Bangkok at the Embassy or at the border which will cost more than the official $20 fee. Also any travel agent can arrange for you.

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4. Re: Thailand vietnam cambodia

If you're looking for a beach destination then I would rule out Cambodia and Vietnam, these places are great for a culture holiday and ok for a couple of days on the beach at the end of a tour but they are not really known for beach destinations.

I would do a few days in Bangkok then head down to Koh Samui, this is nothing like the Maldives but in June it's the best beach destination weatherwise.

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5. Re: Thailand vietnam cambodia

From your post its not really clear what you are asking about???

You been to the maldives (from the sound of it several times) .. well if the maldives is in your budget pretty much all of S.E. Asia is in your budget...

What are the costs of hotels and food in Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam? Well you can pay from a couple of pounds to a couple of thousand pounds for a room... If you want advise on which hotel to choose then what is your budget? The same goes for food... You can get a local meal for a couple of pounds or less or you can use a thousand for a meal for 2... its all relative... In general however S.E. Asia is less expensive then your previous holiday destinations...

You can stay at hotels that looks like B&Bs and you stay at 5 star plus resorts that has similar services to 5 star resorts in the maldives (at half the cost) ...

As for a suggestion to a route... I dont know which direct flights there are from Manchester... But lets say Man - Bangkok (stay 2 days) Bangkok - siem reap (to see Angkor Wat -cultural part of the holiday - 3 days by air) - Siem Reap - Koh Samui by air for beach/sun part 7 days) - Koh samui - Bangkok (2 days fly home) ....

There are some great hotels in all 3 locations that have nothing to do with B&B...

It all depends on budget... If it is more or less limitless I would change Koh Samui out with Koh Kood - there is a Six Senses resort that will pick you up in Bangkok and flly you direct to the resort ... more similar to the maldives in luxury and tranquility...

Edited: 28 March 2012, 11:04
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6. Re: Thailand vietnam cambodia

I've been to all 3 places. You can't possibly do all 3 in 2 weeks and do them justice. We spent 3 weeks alone driving and flying around vietnam.

Looking at the places you've been to you seem more of a beach and westernised type holiday person. Also your closing sentence says my OH is not overly adventurous. For that reason I would recommend you stick with Thailand as Vietnam and Cambodia might be too much of a culture shock for him. Thailands got a good mix of the unfamiliar as well as being much more westernised and developed than the other 2 countries.

With the time available I personally would head straight to Chiang Mai for 4 nights. There are some fabulous tours to be had in this area to temples, hill tribes and national parks and the city itself is smaller and greener than Bangkok and you can easily walk between sights with a good guide book. This would be a gentle intro to thailand and less in your face than Bangkok.

I would then fly down to one of the islands for some Rand R. The gulf of thailand is better at the time of year you need to take your holiday, and given your previous choice of holidays I would recommend Koh Samui. On Koh Samui somewhere like Bhoput may suit as it has an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and night markets and is much more tranquil and upmarket than the aternative big resort (Chaweng) and in Fisherman's village, still has a thai feel. If you choose Chaweng choose the area carefully as in places it is loud, noisy smelly, full of McDonalds and pizza huts and bothersome touts and beach sellers. Its particularly bad in central chaweng (a backpackers and party scene venue). South Chaweng is the quieter of the 3 Chaweng area but its set on a busy ring road so while some rooms might front the beach, others back onto that noisy ring road.

Most hotels are B+B but that's because food is so cheap in Thailand and somewhere as commercialised as Samui would offer a wealth of cheap food and drink.

Edited: 28 March 2012, 13:56
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7. Re: Thailand vietnam cambodia

I would like you to visit Thailand

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manchester
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8. Re: Thailand vietnam cambodia

Gosh what a lot in interesting useful info. Going to spend the weekend researching the info you have all given me - now thinking on the lines that maybe a first trip to this part of the world we may be best sticking to

Thailand getting the feel for it and returning if we get the bug.

We do like the nicer things in life but can only afford 4* in the Maldives and only out of season we have paid in the past between 1500 for a week and at best 1200 for a 2 week holiday. We usually go AI again to keep costs down and we do like a drink or 2,3 4,5.

I was hoping to get a 2 week holiday for around £900 each + spends

thanks all for your help will keep looking for anymore help you all offer

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I would get quotes of Kuoni and trailfinders. They've got good offers on at the moment for thailand with free nights thrown in at many resorts. they can also put together 2 centre Chiang Mai/Samui or Bangkok/Samui holidays.

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