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Looking for a vacation that is big on culture but also includes beach time

by Joanna »

I'd suggest Bali.  It's small so suitable for any length trip and has a variety of destinations from beach to volcano and is lush with  Balinese culture.  There's also a wide variety of accommodations, resorts, small to large villas with staff for a pittance (all things being relative), family-run guesthouses or more intimate upscale hotels.  In other words, something for everyone.

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peggielv

RE: Looking for a vacation that is big on culture but also includes beach time

by peggielv »

Hello there, I'd suggest a Vietnam + Cambodia + Thailand combo. It's roughly like this:

Day-1 fly to Hanoi

Day-2 get to Halong Bay and stay overnight on a cruise junk (since basically nothing to see in Hanoi)

Day-3 get back to Hanoi and stay overnight 

Day-4 fly to Hoi An and visit the ancient town. nice beach at Hoi An also, n the hotels are great in general

Day-5 stay in Hoi An

Day-6 fly to Ho Chi Minch City n visit its city highlights (Ho Chi Minh City Notre Dame, Opera House, China Town and etc)

Day-7 visit Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple (interesting military system + quirky local religion) 

Day-8 fly to Siem Reap (I don't suggest any visit in the afternoon coz it's tooooooo hot)

Day-9 Angkor Wat combo (do remember to get up early to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat)

Day-10 Angkor Wat combo (get to Bantey Srei Temple before 8am coz the sun rises up at 6am or so)

Day-11 fly to Bangkok 

Day-12 Bangkok city highlights (Royal Palace,  Wat Phra Kaew, Wat  Po and China Town)

Day-13 fly to Krabi / Phuket / Samui (personally I'd suggest Krabi coz it's quieter )

Day-14 stay in the beach

Day-15 stay in the beach

Day-17 end of tour

 

It's all easy to arrange by using websites like Vetnam airlines, Bangkok Airways, Cambodia shares the code with Vietnam Airlines and the airfare is reasonable. 

This itinerary is based on my trip back in 2008. Hope you take it into consideration! 

Cheers! smiley

 

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the caspar

RE: Looking for a vacation that is big on culture but also includes beach time

by the caspar »

A friend has recommended the Philippines, but I've been thinking of Thailand. Anybody have suggestions? Will be heading from the West Coast of the US in November.

Thanks!

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alicewang

RE: Looking for a vacation that is big on culture but also includes beach time

by alicewang »

Hi, dude, why not try visting China, the oldest country in Asia, which is famous for its time-honored history, and beaches are also available in China.

As for beaches, you are advised to visit Silver Beach of Beihai in Guangxi Province in China.

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RE: Looking for a vacation that is big on culture but also includes beach time

by Pauline Frommer »

I would second the idea of either Thailand (legendary beach scene, great cultural sights) or Bali (ditto on that one). Let us know what you chose!

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