Due to threats of terrorism etc in Indonesia we are thinking of changing our travel plans for the next few months. There are three girls travelling & we were going to head to Indonesia (bali/Lombok & Gili Islands especially) after travelling Sabah. We are now thinking of changing our plans as follows:
KL(3days)-Brunei(2days)-Mt Kinabalu-Seploik-Turtle Islands etc-Phillipines (where i dont know....any suggestions would be great)-......After this it goes a bit haxy, but i am thinking perhaps of catching a flight to Vietnam & travelling through to Cambodia before getting a flight back to KL. The only problem is that we only have 2months to do this as the other girls have to catch a plane home.....Is this enough time? I have done a lot of research on Indonesia but know almost nothing about Phillipines, Vietnam/Cambodia so am a bit stumped as to what to do!!!
PLEASE HELP!!! Thanks
no treat of terrorism so far - don't panic.
There's often terrorist problems in the southern Philippines
There are so many conflicting opinions on the safety of the places that i plan to travel to. I read in the UK/Ireland Sunday Times travel section yesterday that the UK govt had issued a warning re Indonesia and discouraged any 'non-essential' travel? Is this just a scare tactic? I know that we often hear ridiculously exaggerated stories of danger over here-was the same when i went to Mexico
The FCO warning is only for some parts of Indonesia - Aceh, Maluku and Central Sulawesi.
You can see the essentials of Vietnam in 2 weeks and Cambodia in a week easily. Fly into Hanoi and spend 2 days, 2 days in Sapa, 2 days in Halong Bay and then travel down through the country maybe stopping off at Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, and then hit Saigon for a few days, you can then get the boat from Saigon up the Phnom Penh, 2 or 3 days here, and then get the boat up to Siem Reap to explore Angkor Wat for 2 or 3 days. Ideally, 3 weeks in Vietnam you can see loads, but 2 weeks you may have to drop Mui Ne, Hoi An. Nha Trang is ok, but really just a beach resort same as Mui Ne.
There is no terrorist threat in Vietnam and it is very safe here.
Bali is very safe to travel.