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    3 weeks in SEA in December

    My friend Mike was going to get married to a lovely little Thai lady in Bangkok in December, but due to the passing of the beloved King the wedding has been postponed.

    I was looking forward to the wedding and shagging Mike's mum, but it was only ever going to be a precusor to 3 weeks of debauchery and occasional sightseeing.. so the show must go on regardless.

    I'm flying in to BKK on the 9th and back out on the 28th.. will have a couple of nights in Bangers to celebrate.. er, I mean commiserate Mike's unfortunate situation and then then the world is my shaven clam.

    I'm thinking of Chiang Mai, maybe Vientiane, even Myanmar.. then off to Hanoi and going way down south in 'Nam to Que Phoc and crossing the border to Cambodia to visit a friend in Kampot, before heading back to Thailand and flying out... 3 weeks, plenty of time.

    Suggestions of a practical and/or downright diabolical nature needed please
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    I hear Cambodia now has Thailand beat when it comes to naughty ladies.

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    Oh joy. Can we look forward to another 3 week its Robslife style meltdown?

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    ah it's mr no life right on cue come to suck the joy out of the thread.. rant will be along soon with his predictable 'meltdown' wibble.. boring cunts

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    A couple of hours in Vientiane will be enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    My friend Mike was going to get married to a lovely little Thai lady in Bangkok in December, but due to the passing of the beloved King the wedding has been postponed.

    I was looking forward to the wedding and shagging Mike's mum, but it was only ever going to be a precusor to 3 weeks of debauchery and occasional sightseeing.. so the show must go on regardless.

    I'm flying in to BKK on the 9th and back out on the 28th.. will have a couple of nights in Bangers to celebrate.. er, I mean commiserate Mike's unfortunate situation and then then the world is my shaven clam.

    I'm thinking of Chiang Mai, maybe Vientiane, even Myanmar.. then off to Hanoi and going way down south in 'Nam to Que Phoc and crossing the border to Cambodia to visit a friend in Kampot, before heading back to Thailand and flying out... 3 weeks, plenty of time.

    Suggestions of a practical and/or downright diabolical nature needed please
    I'd avoid Hanoi in December. Hell, I'd avoid Hanoi full stop if it's fun you're looking for.

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    I'm at present thinking about my Jan-Feb SEA getaway.

    I'll have 14 days. Have been to most countries in the region, bar Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei.

    Of the others I've been to I haven't explored them thoroughly.

    No mongering for me, just rest and relax, some snorkeling and swimming, reading and a little bit of sightseeing.

    Choices are: Indonesia (far away from Bali), Philippines - Puerto Galera (as per Katie's thread), Palawan or Bohol, Malaysia - possibly Kota Kinabalu, Thailand - hmmm, been to most of the islands. Vietnam would be nice, but I feel I need a full month to really get the most out of the country, two weeks wasn't enough on my first visit.

    My trip coincides with Chinese New Year, so I need to choose carefully as I want peace and quiet above all else.

    Suggestions?

    <Don't mean to hijack Neo's thread>

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    I'm flying in to BKK on the 9th and back out on the 28th.. will have a couple of nights in Bangers
    So you have about 16 days from the 12th to the 28th.

    If you have done most of Thailand before, I would probable fly to Vietnam, rent a motorcycle and do a North to South 2 week motorcycle trip.

    Maybe a bit shorter if you're a pervert, in which case I would make it shorter and head to Pattaya for Christmas until you fly out on the 28th.

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    Sounds like a great trip........ for a group of stinkin degrnerate backpackers.

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    @Shadows - Chinese NY isn't a big deal in PI, since we don't really celebrate it as it's a Christian country, not a Buddhist one. No mass exodus to the provinces or beaches, that happens during the Holy Week - Holy Thurs until Easter Sunday. Usually in April. So CNY is usually peaceful, good weather too since it's still a bit cold. You can prolly spend1 week in PG, then another in Palawan or Bohol, but you'd need flights to both islands since rhey're far apart. From.PG, you can travel by land to Calapan, then take ferry to Boracay, another island destination. It's a lot more commercial than PG. I also have a Boracau thread & Bld has one, dig them up.

    I've also been to Kota Kinabalu, it's a laid back beach town. Also did a thread on it, dig it up. Terry also has a thread on KK.

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    @neo - I did Kuala Lumpur, then Vientiane (flew via Air Asia). Spent 2N in Vte. Met up w/ Bld & family. Then land travel to Thailand via Udon Thani then Mae Sot. Then crossed border to Myanmar, then took shared taxi to Mawlamyine. You could also go to Hpa-an, there are caves there, accdg to Phuketrichard. Then night bus Mawlamyine to Yangon. Spent 2N in Yangon. All in all, 12 days but very hectic. Got ill afterwards. Had to take 1 day off from work when I came back. Lol.

    Depends on you where you wanna go. Check the visa reqts too, for sure you'd need a visa to Myanmar, but u can do it online, I think. As a Vrit, you'd need it. (Heh!). As a Flippa, I didn't need visa for all those countries.

    Check out my Myanmar thread, if interested. It's still unfinished, lots more pics, but my net is crap & it's tough to load pix.

    Be sure to take pix for d gals too, and not just for the guys!

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    @shadows - some add'l info. If coming from PG, there are taxis being offered when you alight from the boat in Batangas port. It can take you to Manila (airport or hotel), for a pre-arranged rate (non-meter).

    If coming from Boracay, you have several options to get back to Manila. Easiest would be to take minivan or bus from Caticlan port to Kalibo airport, 1.5 hrs I think. Option 2: take the 2go ferry (O/N trip) back to Batangas port, then land travel to Mnl. Option 3: take ferry to Bulalacao or Calapan port from Caticlan. From Calapan, there are ferries to Batangas, then land travel to Manila.

    I think there are inter-island ferries from Caticlan to Dumaguete, Bohol or Cebu, but am not sure.

    Palawan - you have to take a flight from Manila. I haven't been there, but I've heard that it's beautiful. The karst mountains/islands are said to be more beautiful than those in Halong Bay (Vn), and the water much cleaner.

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    Too much culture caries. Itsrobslife needs booze.girls and footy.

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    Anyone have info on crossing the border from southern Vietnam into Cambodia?
    Would I need to sort a visa in HCMC beforehand or can I do it on arrival, I'm a UK passport holder. Would like to visit a friend and spend time in Kampot.
    How is it traveling through the Mekong Delta from HCMC?

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    ^did the opposite in 2015, Phnom Penh to Saigon. Was around 7 hrs due to traffic (they asvertise it as 6h). Took Mekong Express bus, fare was 15 usd, I think. You'll have a lunch break at some border-town eatery. I didn't need a visa for both countries, but I think most barang/falang need it for Cambo. If you're in Saigon, go to Pham Ngu Lao St, it's near the Central Market (Ben Thanh). There are lots of tour agencies who can fix your visa & arrange your bus ride. It was a comfy bus w/ aircon, 4 seats per row.

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    Thanks Katie... outa greens for now

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    ^welcome. You owe me a coffee, or a pina colada. I don't like beers.

    If you're crossing the border via tour bus, I think it's best to have a visa beforehand. The conductor of the bus checked the visas of whiteys before we left the station. It's supposed to be a stamp in, stamp out affair. If you'd have to queue at the border to buy your visa, then your busmates will cuss this stupid barang who didn't get his visa prior to boarding and is making the journey even longer. Lol.

    At Pham Ngu Lao St, there are tours for Mekong Delta, Cu Chi tunnels, Vung Tau, etc. If you can't go to Phu Quoc coz it's an island & logistics are tough, you can try other beaches in Nha Trang or Vung Tau. Or go to Da Lat for the mountains & cool climes. Cheers & take pics!

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    I heard from a work mate that Phu Quoc is becoming quite developed with a lot of building work and the beaches getting privatised by resorts. Think I'll give it a miss.
    He flew there from Saigon so couldn't give me much other info. So thanks again Katie sounds like somewhere near Pham Ngu Lao St would be a good base whilst in Saigon to take advantage of the tours and to get over the border to Cambo... let me know where to buy you that drink and I'll put it on the itinerary

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    ^Near Pham Ngu Lao St and Ben Thanh market, there are lots of 3-star hotels, restos and pubs. Lots of travel agencies and money changers too. I think if you wanted mongering, you could find it there too, or the desk clerk would know. Heh. I can't recommend a hotel, since I've always stayed with relatives when in Saigon. If you're posh, you can stay at the Rex Hotel or Caravelle Hotel - they're centrally located as well. From pics, there's a nice resto-bar at the Rex Hotel rooftop.

    I've got a thread buried in the Vn section, it has some pics of Pham Ngu Lao (the equiv of Khao San Rd), Saigon, and the Cu Chi tunnel tour. BLD and crocman have some recent threads too.

    Re: the drink, since you'll not be visiting PI, you can donate the amount to my paypal account. The number is #12345-crowdfundingforkatiesnextrip. Hah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post

    I'd avoid Hanoi in December. Hell, I'd avoid Hanoi full stop if it's fun you're looking for.
    I've heard that Hanoi is quite an interesting city, more so than Saigon which has become a westernised clone. I will find out for myself which I prefer, but why do you advise against visiting it in December.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    I've heard that Hanoi is quite an interesting city, more so than Saigon
    That's what I think too.

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    If I were going to Vietnam, I would land in Hanoi and stay pretty far north since south Vietnam holds no interest for me personally. Much more history shown in the north from what I am told. If you want to shop, I guess Ho Chi Minh City is the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo
    but why do you advise against visiting it in December.?
    Winter.

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    Hanoi was pretty cool, lots of traffic, great food, nice place and a good jumping off point if Halong Bay holds any interest.

    Personally didn't care for Vietnam and wouldn't return

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