During my first trip to Asia I spent two weeks in Southeast Asia visiting Hanoi and Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Siem Reap in Cambodia, and Krabi and Bangkok in Thailand. I spent the first few days in Beijing, China that covered in a separate trip report here. March is a good time to visit Cambodia and Thailand, but not the ideal time to visit China and Vietnam.

THE PLAN
Day 7: fly from Beijing to Hanoi, dinner with friends, overnight in Hanoi
Day 8: shuttle bus to Ha Long Bay, overnight on junk boat at Ha Long Bay
Day 9: junk boat in Ha Long Bay, overnight on junk boat in Ha Long Bay
Day 10: junk boat in Ha Long Bay, shuttle bus to Hanoi, explore Hanoi, overnight in Hanoi
Day 11: explore Old Quarter of Hanoi, fly from Hanoi to Siem Reap, overnight in Siem Reap
Day 12: explore Angkor Wat on foot and via tuktuk, evening explore Siem Reap town, overnight in Siem Reap
Day 13: explore Angkor Wat on bicycle, overnight in Siem Reap
Day 14: rest day in Seam Reap, overnight in Siem Reap
Day 15: fly from Siem Reap to Krabi via Kuala Lumpur, overnight in Krabi (Ao Nang)
Day 16: 4 island boat trip around Krabi, overnight in Krabi
Day 17: fly from Krabi to Bangkok, shopping in Bangkok, overnight in Bangkok
Day 18: explore Bangkok, overnight in Bangkok
Day 19: visit Royal Palace, explore Bangkok, overnight in Bangkok
Day 20: fly from Bangkok to NYC via Tokyo

FLIGHTS
Delta (economy): BKK-NRT-JFK
China Southern (economy): BEI-HAN
Vietnam Air (economy): HAN-REP
AirAsia (economy): REP-KUL-KBV, KBV-BKK

HOTELS

Hanoi Sans Souchi IV, Hanoi – basic
Recommend: no

Santa Maria junk boat, Ha Long Bay – moderate
Recommend: yes

Bunwin Boutique Hotel, Siem Reap – moderate
Recommend: yes

Mercure Krabi Deevana, Ao Nang, Krabi – moderate
Recommend: yes

Baan K Residence, Bangkok – moderate
Recommend: yes

HIGHLIGHTS
Angkor Archeological Park
We’ve all seen Tomb Raider. This is what the movie was based off of and it’s an entire city of massive temples. We never tired of looking at all the temples, since they were all unique. We visited the inner circuit by tuk-tuk and the outer circuit by bike.

Ta Phrom, Angkor, Cambodia

Ha Long Bay on a boat
Our 2.5 day/2 night junk boat on Ha Long Bay was amazing. Ha Long Bay is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes I’ve ever seen. We had very cloudy weather for most of trip, but it added a mysteriousness to the entire area.

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Krabi
Krabi was our one beach destination during our trip and we were very happy with Krabi. There is one long, wide main beach. We took a bout tour to some of the surrounding islands and were able to see additional beaches.

Krabi, Thailand

NEXT TIME
Ko Phi Phi – island made famous by “The Beach” movie with Leonardo DiCaprio
Wat Arun in Bangkok – saw from the river but didn’t climb to the top
Countryside of Cambodia – only spent time in Siem Reap and Angkor, but the rest of Cambodia is supposed to be interesting
Bangkok nightlife – I was too tired every night to experience the famous nightlife

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