This will be my first time backpacking out of Europe, and would really appreciate some advice from seasoned travellers!
The idea is to spend two months this summer (July/August) going from somewhere (!) to Hong Kong, ending up in Hong Kong in the last week of August...I need help in determining where to start!
Having had no experience, I'm not sure how much can be fitted into the 8 weeks, and whether my vague proposed route of Delhi, Kathmandu, through Myanmar to Bangkok, then Ha Noi then Hong Kong is at all realistic, and whether it's worth going to Kathmandu in the monsoon season, are there views to be had/treks to be done?
Anyway, any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
You need to have some directions for your trip. Are you more interested in culture, nature or something else? Once you've the answer, it's more easy for you to choose the destinations.
How many days are you going to spend in Hong Kong? Perhaps I can give you some suggestions for Hong Kong.
Hi Polly, thanks for your advice.
I'll be in Hong Kong for about 10 days, from around the 29th August until the 8th September. If you have any suggestions that would be great
In terms of what I'm interested in for my trip, culture and adventure I think rank as my top 2...although if nature means scenery and surroundings then that's pretty important too!
To save time I'm thinking of flying from Kathmandu to Bangkok...
U've already planned on HongKong..why not go up to China?
Hi . . just a word of caution about Nepal, my partner has a friend who lives out there and over the past couple of weeks he has advised us that the fighting is on the increase again. . .so although it is a wonderful place and the treking is amazing . . .you may wish to keep an eye on the Foreign Office website - http://www.fco.gov.uk/
Have fun planning and even more fun travelling . . . .
Thanks for the info, I've actually already decided to miss out Nepal, preferring to concentrate my 2 months backpacking from Thailand to Hong Kong, I didn't want to spread myself too thin...!
Orienteyec - Yes I will definitely be visiting China, prob the area south of Kunming after leaving Laos and heading down to Vietnam, and the route from Hanoi to Hong Kong. Looking forward to it!
I have heard recently that Myanmar is effectively closed to tourists, I cannot verify this myself, but I have heard it from several sources recently.
Have you considered Flying to Singapore and going overland to Malaysia, Thailand, Laos or Cambodia to Vietnam and then up to China?
If this route sparks your interest then I could recomend places some places to go along it.
Best of luck.
Yes that's more or less true...it's apparently very tricky (nigh on impossible) to get into Myanmar via the border crossings, but you can fly in apparently. I'm not going though. I've already booked my flights, flying into Bangkok on 6th July, and out of Hong Kong on 9th September. My proposed route (no doubt this will change somewhat) is Southern Thailand (maybe a trip to Kuala Lumpur), Northern Thailand, Laos, South Yunnan, Vietnam, then along to Hong Kong. Might do the trip to Ankor Wat, but I'm not sure. It depends how much time I devote to lying on beaches in Southern Thailand...!
Just a note. If you are travelling to Malaysia from South Thailand overland, than I would highly recomend Penang over Kuala Lumpur. It has such a beautiful culture on that island and very many things to keep you entertained... and driving wise it is about 5 or so hours closer. Just a thought. I think having been to Malaysia several times that Penang is my favorite place to visit, but most of my friends live around KL so I always try to make it to both.