Hey guys im thinking of embarking on a trip to south east asia on my tod. Has anyone got any advice on how to get the best out of the trip, get together with other travellers etc. Or is anyone going at same time as me? Around feb 06. i plan to go to thailand, cambodia,vietnam,and generally wherever the wind takes me.
I'm setting out at the end of the year for a 3 month solo trip around SE Asia taking in HK,Thailand,Cambodia,Vietnam,Phils and Indonesia. Solo travelling can be daunting but you're free to set your own schedule and don't have to worry if your plans are clashing with your friends. I tend to be pretty disorganised and this can be quite frustrating to others but poses no problems if I'm travelling solo.
You'll meet plenty of great intresting people along the way so you won't be lonely and travelling solo can often push you to be more sociable and make new friends.
All the best!
Sorry for moving your thread all around. I'm afraid it was first moved to the Central/South American forum. Since you are going to be visiting S.E. Asia - I have moved it to the Asia forum. You will get the most traffic here and hopefully the answers you are seeking. Again, apologies for the first mis-direction!
Travelled in those countries myself. I would recommend spending some time in Cambodia, loved it there. Total change crossing the border into Thailand....from bad dirt roads in old minivans (that`s the charm of it though right?) to luxury buses and paved roads. Of course Thailand is great, make sure to taste lots of different food... yum yum, and if you like diving (scuba) it`s fab. Also go north.
In Vietnam it gets more and more touristy the further south you go. Hostels are always an easy way to meet people. If you decide to go to see the Cu Chi tunnels near Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City, whatever)be sure to ask others about the different tour operators... some of the tunnels aren`t the actual ones used during the war. You may end up feeling like tourist cattle.
We rented mopeds everywhere in Vietnam...great way to get around (into neighborhoods where everyone wants to come and talk to you, but not tell you that the road doesn`t actually lead anywhere).
B.t.w. vietnamese people like to touch your skin...and other things. Very funny, someone told me: One freckle, one boyfriend....hehe...
I know you`ll have a great trip!
I would encourage you to visit DaLat when you get to VN. It was my favorite; cool, pretty and several days worth of sightseeing. I caution you on renting a motorbike in Asia. Unless you have some experience riding, it can be a very bad decision. If you fall off or get hit, it can easily ruin your holiday. The roads can be terrible and many Asian drivers do not obey the rules of the road. If you want to try it, rent in a small city or rural area. That is my best advice.
Yeah, I agree with Mike! I wouldn`t dream of renting a bike in a big city....sorry I left that part out