My friend and I are planning on studying abroad in Europe in the spring but thought we'd see a bit more of the world while we are away from North America.
We'll have approximately 3 weeks to travel before reporting for classes in Florence. Is this enough time to backpack from Singapore to Bangkok? We want to enjoy the islands and we aren't really looking to spend all of our time in the big tourist traps.
So I guess my questions are, what form of transportation should we use? Is this enough time? Is this even something that would be possible for two travelers?
Definitely possible. Bangkok-Singapore is one of the biggest backpacker routes out there, no harm in doing it the other way! I'd probably take the bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. From KL you can either go straight to Penang or bounce off to check out the Perhentian Islands for a bit.
After that you can get a minibus from Penang that'll take you to Krabi and then you're off in Thailand. Pick which beaches you like the look of and you can't go too far wrong. Phi Phi, Koh Tao, Railay... Buses and ferries will get you around for the most part. Keep an open mind, you'll meet a crateload of people along the way. You might want to head on with them, or you might want to be getting away from them as asaply asap.
If you're not super keen on buses you can always fly from KL to Phuket, cost you a bit more cash money but it'll save you hours and will be a fair bit more comfortable. Once you're in Thailand you'll pretty much have to take buses and boats though.
Hope that helped some! almost 4 years ago