When we first arrived in Thailand, we spent a week in Bangkok, a week in Koh Chang and then headed to Northern Thailand. Of course we took the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and then spent a wonderful 3 1/2 months in Chiang Mai. We had a blast and even made a Chiang Mai Guide – Family Friendly of course. We then explored Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia for a few months, on our Adventure333 (3 Generations, 3 Months, 3 Countries). This was all fantastic, even though most of it was inland or away from beaches.
In February, we once again returned to Thailand, though this time we were going to visit Southern Thailand! We had plans to visit many of the beautiful Thai Islands, surrounded by the majestic turquoise waters, in the Thai Gulf and the Andaman Sea. It was finally beach time!
As we have spent the past several months exploring Southeast Asia, we kept hearing people mention how beautiful it was in Langkawi, Malaysia. If at all possible, we were going to try to make it to this island to test it out on our own. After spending over a month in Southern Thailand it was time to make our move to Malaysia.
I originally planned to take the ferry from Phuket, Thailand to Langkawi, Malaysia. After some thought, I realized the family just wasn’t going to be up for a full day on the ferry and we found extremely inexpensive flights from Krabi to Penang. A new plan was hatched based on the deals we found. I know you are wondering, “So how did you get to Langkawi?”
We crossed over from Hà Tiên (border town), Vietnam into Cambodia. The first stop for us was Kep. We had plans of relaxing on gorgeous beaches in the south of Cambodia for a few weeks and then make our way north to see Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Well plans changed quickly, once we spent our first few nights in Kep, near the border. As with all of our other accommodation Gma Bev covered her portion of the costs, so we will show the full price. We will cover our costs in the post about our expenses in Cambodia.
I guess you could say everything wasn’t coming up roses with our accommodation in Vietnam. We spent 25 nights in Vietnam from the North to the South (Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City) and a few extra guests joined us on occasion.