Post # 1
So we have finally booked the first leg..yay! We were debating between Africa and Asia. we have chosen Asia 🙂 so we are going for about 21 days, and are starting in Japan for 5 days. We are looking at other options for the rest of our trip: cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, laos
We are not everyone’s type of travellers I must say. We do a lot in a short time. A few years ago we did the north of Vietnam and did a 2.5 week itinerary in 8 days. And we can do beach for a day or two but not up to sit around for more than that. Also we loved Vietnam because when we went it wasn’t extremely touristy. We are thinking japan, bangkok, and even. Sri Lanka. (3h trip direct from bangkok).
Any advice? Thanks bees
Post # 2
Honeybee2015: When is the honeymoon? That can kill or make Asian countries. We were going to go to Cambodia, but in August, that area of the world is a big no-no bc of hurricanes and monsoons (yikes)
Post # 3
IMO, bangkok kind of sucks. I liked basically every other place I went in Thailand more. I also really like wildlife, nature and more adventure soft of things though. Bangkok is interesting, but it got old for me.
Edit to add, I heard marvelous things about Myanmar. Tourism is still pretty slow over there comparitively.
Post # 4
Rappig: I agree about Bangkok but will throw in most of Phuket as being just as bad.
pinkorblue: I so disagree. I have been to the area you are talking about in August multiple times and aside from a little rain have never had a problem. I also lived in Cambodia and never saw a hurricane or monsoon. Do they happen sure but they are not the norm.
Honeybee2015: Sri Lanka is a beautiful place to visit so I really recommend it. Japan can be pretty touristy depending on where you go. I have realy only been in Winter for the snow fields but there are some really amazing places to visit. Myanmar is gorgeous. I love all of SE Asia so I am biased.
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j_jaye: I have heard that about phuket. I have heard it is terribly seedy too.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Phuket is seedy in places (Patong mostly!) but there are gorgeous spots there too. My SIL got married in Bangtao Bay and it was beautiful. Karon Beach and Kata Beach were both beautiful as well.
Post # 7
We are also the same type of traveller (with the odd exception when we are exhausted and just book all inclusive)! My dad calls us ‘whistlestop’ travellers because we do so much in so little time. Japan is amazing then in 21 days I would probably agree with what youve said, Id fly down to maybe Hong Kong then dip to south vietnam, cross over the border into cambodia then I would go into Thailand and see Bangkok, Chiang Mai and fly to one of the islands for a few days. I LOVED Sri Lanka but its a bit further out the way and I reckon theres enough to see in south east asia alone so I would probably stick to that. If you have extra days you could also visit Laos while in the area or finish in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur!
Post # 8
yes I was going to recommend looking into Burma too! Other than that I think Cambodia would be a great idea or if you wanted to get some beach time in, and do the adventure thing I think Indonesia has the best snorkeling and scuba diving based on species diversity.
Post # 9
KiwiDerbyBride: I used to think that about Karon as well until we stayed there late last year and it has gone the way of Patong. It is so sad, the tsunami was one of the worst things to happen to that area because the locals who had ma and pa type stalls and stores all feel for the big corporations scare tactics and sold up. It was pretty horrible what happened and how they were cheated. The whole stretch of coast now reminds me of Bangkok but with beaches.
The areas around Cape Panwa and Bangtao are stil largely tourist trap free but we prefer to go up to Khao Lak now as it is more like pre tsunami Phuket.