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Send In Your Southeast Asia Tips – Bangkok, Siem Reap and Koh Samui

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TPG Managing Editor is about to embark on a month-long journey through Southeast Asia and needs your tips!

A few months ago, a friend in Thailand suggested I come down for a visit in November since it’s low season in Southeast Asia (and I hope it’s not too rainy while I’m there because of it!), and after a quick search of award tickets back in June, I was able to book a first class award itinerary from New York to Bangkok on a combination of Lufthansa (in business class, but a first class ticket opened up this week, so I was able to change it to first class aboard the 747-400) and then continuing from Frankfurt to Bangkok on Thai Airways’ first class aboard the A380 – both of which I’m very excited to experience.

I can't wait to fly the Thai A380's First Class.
I can’t wait to fly the Thai A380’s Royal First Class.

I booked the return a few months later in August and snagged a first class award ticket on Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong directly back to LA, where I’m based – so I’m thrilled to get to experience that product as well.

Minimalist yet luxurious, Cathay Pacific's first class seats have been garnering raves.
I’ll also get to experience Cathay’s First Class.

While I’m in Asia, I’ll be exploring Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – starting with Bangkok where I’ll be staying at the Four Seasons and the St. Regis, Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat and to check out the new Park Hyatt that took over the classic Hotel de la Paix Angkor, and Koh Samui. I’ll also be heading to other parts of Thailand as well as Vietnam, but for now, I’d love tips and suggestions for the first few stops on my trip.

Cambodia's most famous tourist sight: Angkor Wat.
One of the highlights will be visiting Angkor Wat.

So I wanted to ask all of you to share your amazing finds, hidden gems and any other suggestions you have, whether it’s how to find the best guide at Angkor Wat, where to get a suit made in Bangkok, what the best beach for snorkeling on Koh Samui is and anything else you have to suggest.

I can't wait for some beach time on Koh Samui.
I can’t wait for some beach time on Koh Samui.

I’m really looking forward to getting to know the region much better, and I can’t wait to see what ideas you all have for me. In the meantime, I’m taking off later this week, so stay tuned for trip reports on my flights, hotels and more – and thanks in advance for your help!

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