3 Weeks(ish) in Asia
Posted 28 June 2011 - 06:47 PM
I've only been to Singapore in this part of the world so its all new to me.
1)Is HK worth the few days I have allocated to it? Is it that much more interesting than Singapore? Granted the food is great, but accomdation ssems to be quite expensive and our time in this part of the world is pretty limited given what we want to see. I'm sort of mixed. My wife just wants to go straight through to SE Asia. Anyone done NYE there? Shit show?
So we've got basically 15 days in SEAsia - Should we just limit it to Thailand and Laos? Vietnam? Something totally different?
Must have 2-3 days on a beach somewhere as well - any suggestions?
For some reason I keep thinking we should spend more time in Vietnam - but maybe I'm an idiot.
Angkor? Crazy touristy and miserable or totally worth the experience?
Luang Prabang? Worth the schlep?
At this point my only issue is the change fee from HKG of 140 bucks.
(BTW if you collect BA or AA Cathay Pacific's redemption rate to HKG is 1/3rd BA's to Asia and they only charge you landing taxes as opposed to BA's insane fuel surcharges . Supposedly LAN Chile is similarly a much better deal.)
Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:01 PM
Just take those old records off the shelf.
Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:16 PM
I don't find HK to be that interesting. I'd do at least a night and long day, though, just for a good dim sum fix.
Then I'd go to Malaysia and eat. Cheaper and better than in Singapore, I think. But you'd have to have a car or a car and driver to make it worthwhile.
I might go to Vietnam and Laos--Vietnam for the food, Laos just because I'd like to see it.
If you just want to relax, Bali is great. I love Ubud--no beaches, but a great place if you just want to mellow out and if you're interested in arts and crafts.
I'd consider Cambodia for Angkor Wat, but the food isn't that interesting there, so I'd limit my stay to just long enough to see the monuments (three days max), and maybe hit Phnom Penh to see the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. (that's pretty much exactly what I did there, although I didn't make it out to the Killing Fields. If you're not planning on going to that area again, I'd definitely go to Angkor. It's pretty spectacular.
I don't know that I'd spend that much time in Thailand, but when I go there it's for family stuff, so my experiences there are different. I'm not one to lie on beaches, either, so that colours my opinion a little.
But Malaysia is one of the few countries I'd like to revisit and spend much more time in. Mostly for the food.