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1. Posted by Bekokstover010 (Budding Member 18 posts) 2y

Hi you all,

Just joined this forum because I'm planning to travel around Asia for about a year after college

So let me intoduce myself: I live in Vlaardingen, a fishing town in the Netherlands near Rotterdam, where everybody eats a lot of a fish called herring (always the Dutch way: raw with bare hands and dipped in onion). I had my best travel experiences in Eastern Europe and the Balkan, where I was travelling around the last few years in summer. So if you have any questions like about the best places of Romania or how to find public transport in Albania (they do have it), feel free to ask.

Now I'm planning to visit Asia (first time) solo (first time). Plan is to leave in March, travel on a budget, staying in hostels to meet other travellers and without a tight schedule/booking flights in advance. For about a year or less if I feel like going back. The places I would definitely like to visit are:
Thailand. For Bangkok, getting my diving licence, play with elephants and do crazy stuff.
Japan. Because I love NY and Tokyo is even bigger, the best tv shows when I was a kid were Japanese, and the Japanese do and invent all this crazy stuff.
Taiwan. I dreamed I hired a scooter on this island and can't remember what happened next. Just wanna do it.
Philippines. Everything and everybody over there looks nice on pictures, the people I know from there have really cool names and a mix of Asian, American and Spanish sounds fun.

Now I'm going to check the forum about the countries I'm gonna visit. If there are places I should really include in my 1 year journey, please let me know.

Adios,
Daan

PS: sorry if the English isn't so good.

2. Posted by faith92 (Inactive 8 posts) 2y

Hi, I'm Faith, 21 years old :) I'm also leaving for Asia as soon as I graduate! I'll spend a couple of month volunteering in an island in Thailand and then, from May, I intend to travel around...I absolutely want to visit Bangkok and other places in Thailand for your same reasons, and then I was thinking of visiting Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam...you should include them in your itinerary as well! From what I read around blogs, some places in these countries are really stunning!

3. Posted by Bekokstover010 (Budding Member 18 posts) 2y

Hi Faith,

Cool, what kind of volunteering are you going to do?

Yeah, the countries you mentioned must be great. I think I will visit at least a few of them. Would be great to sail a part of the Mekong-river!

4. Posted by faith92 (Inactive 8 posts) 2y

I'm going to volunteer with animals: dogs and cats abandoned or mistreated... I will be on the island of Koh Lanta :) From there I also want to go and spend a couple of days on the (in)famous Ko Phi Phi...I know it's probably overrated but it's worth a visit :) The Mekong delta must be beautiful! And I'm so jealous you get to go to Japan! Sadly it's too expensive for my budget :(

5. Posted by Sam93 (Budding Member 28 posts) 2y

Sounds like a really cool plan mate !
I should be around Thailand,Vietnam,Cambodia around July (Fingers corssed!)
You should definitely check out Nepal,I just came back from there it was awesome! :)

6. Posted by Bekokstover010 (Budding Member 18 posts) 2y

@Faith
Good you're helping those animals. Koh Phi Phi, I think I will go there too, maybe touristy, but looks beautiful. I think I will spend the most time on Koh Tao, to get my diving PADI. Yeah, Japan is a lot pricier than SEA, but not more expensive than US or western Europe, so I think I will make it with 50 euros a day.

Have fun!

@Yo Sam!
I saw some pictures of Nepal, looks great. Seems like best weater conditions are now, so you must have seen amazing views! When oct/nov hits next year, I will certainly think about going there.

You're from Bangladesh I see. Would you recommend visiting your country?

Hope you make it to travel in July!

7. Posted by Sam93 (Budding Member 28 posts) 2y

Hey man !
Yeah,the views were breathtaking! October is a good time to visit Nepal it's right after the monsoon season.They celebrate the festivals there around that time which can be a very unique experience.You should definitely head out there if you got some time
And Bangladesh can be a very different and unique experience for you,if you're up for it,in terms of being touristy,it's not.
I always found the cultural aspects,hospitality,history of Bangladesh very overwhelming,The capital Dhaka can be hectic,but enjoyable if you know what you want to do and some of the things here are very unique.You can always head out south-east to go to Cox's Bazaar known as the world's longest beach or south-west to the Sundarbans the biggest mangrove forest and home to the Royal Bengal Tiger or North west to enjoy some tranquility in the tea gardens up in the hills.
What you should know- Bangladesh still is a developing country,while you can get all sorts of modern facilities here a decent sum of people here are still living under poverty line.The amazing fact is that they will always smile,be very hospitable often be curious,very less materialistic and satisfied bunch :)
Cheers !

8. Posted by Bekokstover010 (Budding Member 18 posts) 2y

Thanks Sam,

Great that the best views and festivals are in the same period!

Bangladesh woud be quite an experience than I think. At the moment I'm not sure I'm up to it yet, but after a few more months travelling experience I think I will. Your description sounds great!

Greets,
Daan

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Oct-2014, at 01:31 by Bekokstover010 ]

9. Posted by Lady Hoops (Budding Member 6 posts) 2y

Hey guys am from the USA and would love to explore China more than I did last time I was there. So, anyone who is traveling to China in the month of January 2015 and would be interested in road tripping ADVENTURE from Hong Kong to Shanghai to Beijing PLEASE holla at me.

Thanks,
LadyHoops

10. Posted by detytety (Budding Member 7 posts) 2y

Hey,,,

its such a long holiday. lucky you, but it wouldnt be excited if you not put INDONESIA in your list. friendly people, hundreds of tribes and local languages, amazing culture. if you like to surf or love beaches. visit BALI/LOMBOK. you gonna love this place. if you plan to go to Indonesia, feel free to ask. Currently i live in BAli.

Cheers...