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1. Posted by MrMoley (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Hey guys,

First time posting here, and I need some reassurances on the trip I'm planning.

I'm currently in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa, but once I've wrapped up my time here I'm planning on heading out to Asia for a year, maybe more. I've never been before, but it's always been a dream of mine to see the continent since I was a kid.

My plan is to head out in early April (I want to stick around Melbourne to see the Formula One) and jet of into somewhere in South East Asia.

My rough plan at the moment is to fly into Indonesia then bus, boat and train (where I can) my way up to Nepal and then into India. The idea is:

Indonesia
Singapore
Malaysia
Thailand
Cambodia
Vietnam
Hong Kong
Philippines
Laos
Myanmar
China
Taiwan
Nepal
India

So, yeah, that's Fourteen countries I plan to visit. My question to you is: Has anyone done something similar before? And is this a realistic amount to see in a twelve months? I can go for longer if need be, I really don't want to rush it.

On the budget side of things I'm thinking around £10,000 (about £850 a month) to cover the whole trip. I plan to eat mainly street food, and stay in dorm rooms where I can, with the odd splurge when I'm no doubt in the need of relaxation. Plus I'll no doubt stop for a bit if I find somewhere I particularly like. Do you reckon this will be enough?

Also, any recommendations on what not to miss are greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Mr Moley

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 2y

That covers a lot of really interesting ground.

Have fun and good luck with your research.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 430 posts) 2y

"Must Sees" are difficult to say when we don't really know what your interests are.

For wildlife, the national parks in Malaysian Borneo are brilliant, especially Bako. And there's excellent snorkelling there and in the Philippines too. If you want to see tigers, Ranthambore in India is excellent. And there are other great parks in other countries too.

For historical sights, the rice terraces in Batad on the Philippines, the Angkor complex near Siem Reap in Cambodia, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, the Great Wall near Beijing, China, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, China have got to be at the top.

Then you have Ha Long Bay near Hanoi. Vietnam, the Wagah border ceremony near Amritsar, India (& Pakistan), a sightseeing plane over Everest in Nepal and these only just scratch the surface.

For cities, Singapore, Bangkok, Siem Reap, Phnom, Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Kuala Lumpur, Varanasi, Shanghai, Manila, Mumbai, Kathmandu ... the list goes on and on for the countries you are visiting.

Perhaps you should narrow your question down to must-see places in each individual country first and then build your itinerary from that. There are lots of resources on this sight and others to help you plan a route.

Good luck! :)