Ipoh, Ipoh, Ipoh! Malacca, Malacca, Malacca! They were my absolute favourite places, without a doubt. Ipoh is very quite (a wonderful hostel called Abby Hostel) which has nearly no tourists (if you like that kind of thing). Otherwise Malacca (Melaka) is also another quite place, with only a few tourists, but they have wonderful night markets (Sundays from memory) and frilled up, pink tuk tuks. I stayed at a place called Tony's Guesthouse there and it had a really homely feel and it wasn't over priced. Walking distance from everything too. Enjoy your trip! about 5 years ago
The best thing I did was buy a hop on and hop off bus. I bought mine in Hanoi, however, but if you're travelling down to the South, definitely get one. It does stop at cities near Halong Bay, and from there you can book a tour (best option) or a night cruise (which I did). Also, there's an island in the middle of Halong Bay called Catba Island and it's freaking incredible. They have a hospital cave there, from the war. Anyway, off track, the bus ticket costed me $50AUD and you can take any bus you like, stopping at around 4/5 places from Hanoi and HCMC. Enjoy Vietnam, it's spectacular! about 5 years ago
What's the most convenient way (regarding time, comfort and price) to travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?
I flew, and I was lucky enough to get a flight for around $70AUD. Try airlines like Virgin, Nokair, tiger and Air Asia if you're looking for a budget way to travel there. It's only about an hour/hour and a half, and saves you a lot of time mucking around with buses. Also, if you're going to Chiang Mai, you HAVE to head up to Pai. It's about 3 hours North (into the mountains) of Chiang Mai. From memory, the bus was about 300 baht, don't pay any more than that if you decide to head up there. Such a beautiful place. Best of luck! about 5 years ago