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I am leaving the day after Thanksgiving for a 6 week tour of Asia! I've never been before so I'm pretty excited!!!

I head first for Phuket/Phi Phi Islands in Thailand to scuba dive and sight see. Then on to Singapore for 2 1/2 days of sight seeing. December 6th I board a 12 day cruise to Hong Kong. I will spend 6 days (including Christmas) in Hong Kong with friends that live there, then on to Beijing for 3 days. I'll then have 10 days to spend in Siem Reap and Kuala Lumpur but do not know the best way to divide the time between them so am looking for advice! Or if there is a destination in the surrounding area that would be better, I'm open for suggestions on that too.

Thank you in advance any and all thoughts. :)

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    I would spend most of my time in Siem Reap - Angkor is amazing. You need a few days to see it all, plus a few days to rest from all your walking in the heat and to enjoy the local restaurants etc.
    If you have time, I'd suggest Luang Prabang, Laos too - magical! about 4 years ago

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    Thanks TravelEater! Someone suggested I skip Kuala Lumpur altogether.

    Another suggestion was Chiang Mai, Thailand? Would you choose either of these over KL? about 4 years ago

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    I would suggest spending five days in Siemens Reap. There is lot to see, experience there. Make sure you go to the temple about 60 miles northwest of Siemens Reap which is still covered by jungle ! You can get excellent local guide with car and driver for five days. Later, you can fly to Chiangmai and then to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle area. Hope this helps! I know excellent guide in Siemens Reap. Let me know if you need one. about 4 years ago

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    I don't know why I typed " Simenes Reap", it should be Siem Reap about 4 years ago

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    Thanks oknufsaid! My cousin suggested the same thing so I'm not going to go to KL at all and go to Siem Reap and Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai instead! I hope 5 days at each is enough!

    I might be interested in a guide if they are good and affordable! I generally do it on my own, but I might be able to see and do more if I have someone to guide me. about 4 years ago

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    Siem reap is amazing. Spend at least 4 days there, possibly one in bangkok, and if you're able to fly to chiang mai then go for it. Its a bit out of the way, but well worth the trip! You can do flight of the gibbons in both SR and CM- very fun! Also, if you make it to CM, go to the elephant reserve first! DO NOT RIDE ANY ELEPHANTS!!! You'll understand why if you go to the reserve. Sunday night markets are great, take a cooking class and trek as much as you can.

    KL is beautiful and well developed, but can easily be done in a few days.

    Check out koh tao for diving and phi phi as well. If you're not certified get certified in koh tao! Its cheap and professional. Crystal dive and bans diving are well known and great. The weather is starting to clear up there, so diving conditions will be better.

    I hope you enjoy your stay!! about 4 years ago

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    Thanks for the suggestions Ashley! I have actually decided to go to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai instead of KL because it has more of the things I love doing! I prefer country side stuff to citie! ANd I love trekking! Any suggestions?

    The first part of my trip, leaving Friday, takes me to Phuket and Phi Phi to dive! Can't wait. I will also be going on a cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong so I will spend 2 days in Bangkok along the way. :)

    I thought of diving in Koh Tao but I fly into Phuket so I decided not to waste precious time traveling! about 4 years ago

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    I agree with the others about Siem Reap. We are in SR for our first visit and love it. We also are DIY travelers, but highly recommend the guide and driver in Siem Reap. Guides are knowledgable and the hot humid weather means you can do more with the driver. Recommend you include Beng Melea, an unusual experience. Enjoy! about 4 years ago

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    Thanks foodnerd! How do you go about finding a good guide? This is the only thing I worry about this trip is the weather. I HATE heat and humidity! lol

    I'll check out Beng Melea. Thanks for the suggestion! about 4 years ago

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    Hope you had a good time! I think you were wise to skip KL. I'm in Siem Reap now, and it is great, and I spent a month in Chiang Mai over Christmas. Good places! :-)
    If you have any advice to share, it would be welcome, Got4Boyz. about 4 years ago

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