Hi, I'm going to be travelling South East Asia from November onwards (through Veitnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia) for around 3 months, I'm only 18 and was just wondering if anyone knew if I will meet many others my age or whether they will be older, or if there is anyone my age also doing a similar thing?
You'll have no problems meeting gap-year travelers of the same age and older, particularly where you are going (I looked at your Travellerspoint.com map).
This Web link might be helpful in your planning: http://wikitravel.org/en/Gap_year_travel
Cheers thanks very much for your reply
George, you'll meet all sorts of people on your trip. The best ones to travel with are those who will "watch your back." In other words, those who will watch out for you and help you; those you can rely on, who won't let you down. It's caring and sharing. It works both ways.
You'll want to avoid self-centered or self-absorbed people who only think of themselves.
I'll be in Thailand from the 15th December until the 3rd January and will then fly to Vietnam to travel for 2 weeks. I've travelled Thailand and Cambodia before and it's soo easy to meet people and the vibe is awesome compared to hostels in Western Countries. Everyone is there to have a good time and experience different cultures, embrace it!
If you're around at the same time as me let me know and I'd be keen to meet up for a beer.... Or 2.
From North to South of VN is easier for Cambodia
HCMC - Ben Tre - Can Tho - HCMC - Cambodia (flight or bus)
HCMC - Ben Tre - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Cambodia (bus or boat)
Hello, George! You'll surely meet someone like you along your travel. I think your trip will be more exciting if you add Philippines on your itinerary. Hope you'll have a good trip!
(through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia)
Make sure you understand the visa requirements for each of these countries before leaving home. Four countries - each will have their own specific requirements. Make yourself aware of the currency used in each country too.
Have you decided how to have access to spending money during this trip? If you are carrying a huge amount of cash with you be very careful of who you hang around with! If you are using a debit card for cash DO NOT rely on a single card! You could damage a card and make it useless in an ATM. Or someone can steal it or you lose it. Have more than one source of spending money. A credit card can come in handy if you are injured or sick and require a hospital. Before leaving home notify your bank that you will be using their card on your trip. Banks get a little concerned when ATM withdrawals suddenly come from overseas. You don't want a bank to deny ATM withdrawals worrying about fraud.
If you intend to rent motorbikes some countries may require an International Drivers Permit/License. You get that while still at home. Note that bike accidents account for quite a few injuries and fatalities. It is not how good you ride it is how bad the other people around you ride! Some of these "other bike riders" may be young kids driving crazy.
You may be careful, however too many people fail to safeguard their passports. They sometimes lose them or allow them to get wet or damaged. My advice is to make a photocopy of the information page and any of the visas you may get ahead of time. Keep those copies separate from the passport. A photocopy of a passport page may be helpful if you lose a passport. Replacing a passport when overseas is difficult!
If any people you meet up with are dopers keep in mind that in Asia punishment for drugs can be severe! My advice is to avoid traveling with dopers just in case they store their drugs in your bags and you go to prison for their stash.
Verify visa requirements for each country.
Know how to handle money overseas.
Perhaps some kind of medical - accident insurance too.
Three months is a long time. Guess you don't have to worry about losing work or missing out on classes. There are quite a few young travelers visiting this part of Asia. Maybe for less time. Some have rich parents who want to get rid of them for awhile. Some have less spending money and they are always using crappy cheap places to sleep at and eating crap food. If your spending money is limited spend less time overseas . For the Christmas - New Years holiday period Thailand will be more expensive for hotels. (High season!)
Up to you!