Planning a trip to Asia? On a budget? Want to make the most of your travel period? Here are some friendly ideas and tips to help you out plan your trip to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Victory Monument is best place for food trip and is the transport capital of the Thailand. The place also boasts shopping malls and stalls.
Visit Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest building in Bangkok. Train tickets are 40 THB and admission tickets to the Hotel Skyline and Roof Top Bar inclusive of complimentary drinks are 464 THB. Mingle and drink to your delight.
Explore the Wat Phra Kaeo and the Grand Palace on Thanon Na Phra Lan. You can also see the Wat Pho, the Reclining Giant Buddha and Wat Arun on a side trip via land and boat respectively. All entrances are free.
Go wild in Khao San Road. Go food tripping, clubbing, experience Thai Massage and drink local beer. Or you can just people watch and enjoy the street culture this bustling road has to offer.
Ride the tuk-tuk to Ayutthaya and take a temple tour. Ayutthaya is now an archaeological ruin, characterized by the remains of tall prang (reliquary towers) and Buddhist monasteries of monumental proportions, which give an idea of the city’s past size and the splendor of its architecture. You can go to Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol (50 THB), Wat Maha That (50 THB), Wat Lokayasutharam (free), Wat Thammikarat (free), Wat Phu Khao Thong (free), Wat Phra Sri Sanphet (30 THB), Wat Chain Wat thana ram (50 THB) and Chedi Phukhao Thong (free). Negotiate terms of tour payment with the tuk-tuk driver before riding the vehicle.
Start off at the Vientiane City Center and give the Patuxai Arc a climb. From there, Pha That Luang is a close distance and easily accessible by walking.
You can reach Wat Si Saket some distance away via tuk-tuk or if you fancy a long walk, you can go on foot. Wat Si Saket is famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of tiny Buddha images and rows with hundreds of seated Buddhas. These images mainly date from the 16th and 19th centuries and come in all sizes and are made from wood, stone and bronze – more than 6,800 Buddhas in total.
Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) is also near. The park is famous for its sculptures with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image. The park also has statues of Hindu gods as well as demons and animals from both beliefs.
Start off at Siem Reap and take a self-tour of the Angkor Wat. You can also take the Angkor Wat Sunrise Tour for 24 USD. The place contains the magnificent remains of the capitals of the Khmer Empire, dating from the ninth century. Head out before dawn to catch the sunrise behind the site’s most famous temple.
Inside the Angkor Wat Complex, it is a series of elevated towers, covered galleries, chambers, porches and courtyards on different levels linked by stairways. You can explore the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Central Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Baphoun Temple, Terrace of Elephant, Terrace of Leperking, Takoa, Ta Prom, Bantay Kdey, Sra Srang. There are also food stall and stores inside the compound.
Take a bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh then another from Phnom Penh to Hochi Minh. Visit the famous Saigon. Stroll around the Saigon River, Saigon Opera House and Night Market and Ben Than market.
Take a Cu Chi Tunnel Tour. The tour lets visitors experience what it must have been like for soldiers who used an extensive network of tunnels to move around undetected by their enemies.
Walk around Hochi Minh. Stroll around and explore War Remnants Museum and see immaculately preserved tanks, planes and other war machines in the outside grounds. Photographs, exhibits and written documentation show the horrific lengths that the American Army did to try and defeat the North Vietnamese Army.
Go to mass in the Notre-Dame Basilica (English mass Sundays 9:30am), another relic of French colonial times kept in perfect condition, and try mailing a letter at the Saigon Central Post Office, a glorious, perfectly preserved building of French colonial architecture.