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1. Posted by oj (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

Where is the best place to start travelling from in Asia?

I am planning on bookin a trip but dont know where to start from. I will be travelling alone (about 4months)- so its kinda intimidating. I want to fly somewhere first where their would be a good chance of meeting other travellers that may be be going similar areas.

Im thinkin either heading to India (city?) or Nepal (politics?).. im just not sure which one would be better to fly to first?

route will prob cover india nepal tibet burma vietnam cambodia thailand home ' ish

Anyone any advice on a good starter to get me into the way of travelling solo (only been through europe/usa which is easy, i presume compared to asia).. would be greatly recieved


2. Posted by Hannahwa (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

Hey Owen,

I am just as confused as you are! I am planning to go with my brother to pretty much the same countries at the same time!!

We were planning on going into Mumbai and around Inida - up to Nepal, Tibet.... but now we may just go to the north of India (time), to Nepal and Tibet and on to Thailand (we are not sure whether to fly to Bangkok (from india) or travel through Mynamar (burma) - is it safe?

Also, do you know if we need a tour guide to get into Tibet? (have heard that you need to be with at least 5 people to enter and it must be on a group pass!)
Oh the confusion!!!!!!

Have also only been around Europe, so yeah is daunting, but knowing there are people out there like you doing the same thing makes it a bit less so! really cant wait!

What vacines are you getting? and malaria tablets?

Han x

3. Posted by atchoum (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Hi oj,

Although intimidating, your stay in Asia will be wonderful. Congrats for doing it despite the fear !

I would first start by saying that you're planning on seeing too many countries. Four months for 7 asian countries is unrealistic because of the time you'll waste sitting in a bus/train... You'll be surprised how slow it can go.

India itself would be worth spending months, as it is so huge and dense. I would suggest you either chose one area (India-Nepal-Tibet or Thailand-Cambodia-Vientam) and explore it. Or, as I did, split your time to see different faces of Asia : Thailand-Cambodia for two months then India for two months, for example. I did Laos-Vietnam then Nepal all together over 5 months. Burma is complicated, you can't enter it from ground, only by the airport, beside from Thailand (by boat).

Thailand is central, cheap flights into/out of the country. You could get a return ticket from your home city to Thailand, there buy a return ticket to India or Nepal for a very low cost (in Bangkok).

Backpacking solo in S.E.A. is so easy, plus you'll meet plenty of other travellers. India and Nepal also are backpacker friendly countries. I had less moments alone there than in Europe... Don't worry...

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5. Posted by oj (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y


i kinda am not making any real 'set' plans but i have an idea for where i would like to go .. so i may end up, as you say, concentrating on 2/3 places ... i'll go with the flow!

thanks for your advice - it all helps to make it less daunting


6. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

I did my first big Asia trip on my own a few months back and dont worry It isnt scary at all once you get into it!!!I would say possibly start off in Bangkok, its sooooo easy there and its very backpacker friendly so for your first experience maybe Bangkok is a good place to ease your way into the swing of things!!!I agree that maybe you are trying to squeeze a lot into the about you pick 4 places and spend say a month in each?Thailand is not to be missed and its such an amazing could start in Bangkok, go down south to the islands and beaches then heas up north and see Chiang Mai?from there you could go onto Cambodia and Vietnam maybe?Bear in mind that Air Asia does super cheap flights around south east asia so you could save a lot of time by getting a couple of flights if you decided to visit anywhere like Malaysia or anything?
We are heading to India and Nepal this summer and we are struggling to fit everything we want to see in so I think if you were to try and do south east asia and India you would really be pushing yourselves!!!
Hope you have an amazing time!

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

Best starting point for traveling in Asia could be Singapore and Malaysia.. you’ll find all ‘Asian’ people around you. You can have Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Pakistanis, Arabs, and the native Malay.

Then only you would choose to go right or left in the map = you might choose right – to Thailand, Vietnam, Loas and ended up in Hong Kong or you might choose left to Burma, India, Pakistan etc. Or else you might ended up stay in Singapore/Malaysia because its all there… foods, girls, beers, nightclub, nice beaches and hot sunny day… perfect combination!