I've got 8 weeks to explore as much or as little of South East Asia and welcome any tips on tour companies, bus companies etc. Any ideas on the best way to explore south east asia
Forget the 'guided tour'. SE Asia is such a worn path that it's very easy to do it on your own (or with a friend). 8 weeks isn't a huge amount of time so it really depends on how 'absorbed' in the cultures you want to get.
You could spend 8 weeks in Thailand alone or do a flying visit to Bangkok, bus it north the Chiang Mai/ Chiang Rai (stopping of at Phitsanolouk). Then head up to Mae Sai on the Thai/ Myanmar border (crossing into Myanmar for a day), bus it east to Chiang Khong and get the river boat into Laos (Houei Xai). Fro mhere you can get a slow boat down the Mekong to Vientianne or get a bus and head into northern Laos and Luang Nam Tha and Muang Sing. Then bus it down to Luang Pra Bang, Vang Vieng and finally Vientianne. Fro mVientianne you could fly to Siem Reap (Cambodia) and do Angkor Wat for a few days then bus down to Phnom Penh.....
There are so many options. It took me 8 months of traveling in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and I still didn't get to see all that i wanted. My recommendation - start with a rough plan and be prepared to adapt it as you go. Some places you think you want to stay for a few days turn out to be a dump. Others you thought would be good just for a night stop-over, you end u staying for days. Be flexible, be open to change and enjoy!!! almost 8 years ago