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1. Posted by Shepwad (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

Hi,

I’m trying to plan my RTW trip, need some advice on my route. Looking at an Atlas it looks logical to visit the following countries:

UK
China
Hong Kong
Northern Thailand
Lao
Vietnam
Cambodia
Southern Thailand
Malaysia
Singapore
Australia
New Zealand
Peru
Bolivia
Brazil
UK

Flight wise I guess:

UK to China
Singapore to Australia
Australia to New Zealand
New Zealand to Peru
Brazil to UK

Is this feasible, how easy is it to go overland between the other places I have listed? Do I need to plan flights between some of these countries?

Particuarly interested how easy it is to travel overland in South America, and from China to Thailand (through Hong Kong?)

STA travel have quoted me a price of £1300 for this.

Any advice appreciated.

2. Posted by Hookey (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

Hi,

I'm currently planning a very similar-looking trip, except I'm going to start by flying to Moscow and doing the Trans-Siberian railway to China via Outer Mongolia. You can get from China to Thailand overland, but you'll have to go via Vietnam or Myanmar (Burma). Vietnam is probably best, and you can get trains out of HK. You are also probably best trying to sort visas for Vietnam in HK as doing it at the border is a nightmare (although someone told me its gotten easier recently). Once in South East Asia I'd recommend going overland as much as possible, either by train (reunification express down through Vietnam) or you can get minibuses from town to town (quite cramped but a good way to meet people).

In OZ I'm going to try to go overland as much as possible; trains from Darwin down to Alice Springs, cheap internal flight to Darwin and then work my way down the coast - there are some really good cheap camper van hire deals you can get; ditto NZ.

In South America I understand that internal flights and buses seem to be the way to go in most places, the rail network is pretty patchy.

3. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 10y

Its possible to travel through China through HK and into Vietnam or Laos, I met people who did it both ways. There is a huge train that you can board which takes you through China, its the best way to travel through according to those I met who had travelled that way.

Its also easy to travel Thailand to Laos to Vietnam to Cambodia as the border crossings are everywhere, but beware of corruption, dont let anyone carry your kit across. And if you enter Vietnam you must have precise entry and leaving dates, they are very strict with the visa there.

[ Edit: Edited at May 20, 2006 9:28 PM by Clanger ]

4. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

As far as I am aware, the only flights from Auckland to South America go to either Santiago in Chile or Buenos Aires in Argentina.
My wife and I did the Lan-Chile flight to Santiago in late January 2005.
Something like 11+ hours non-stop (of course).
You could then fly or take the bus north to Arica and take the train over the close-by border into Peru.
We flew Santiago to Calama for San Pedro de Atacama before heading by bus to Arica.
Can't recall how much the airfare was as it was included in the RTW package.
Might make sense going through Arica as you can get the bus onto La Paz in Bolivia before crossing into Peru.
Are you boating down the Amazon into Brazil or flying from Peru or Bolivia into Brasilia, Sao Paulo or Rio?
Still, sure beats the hell outa working!!

Enjoy to the max

Anthony

5. Posted by Hookey (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

You can fly from Auckland to Rio as well. That's the route I'm taking because the timing drops me in Rio just in time for Carnival After that I'm heading south to Ighauzu falls, then into Argentina to BA. Then the plan is get an internal flight down to Ushuaia and then had back up Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru overland, mainly by bus. From Peru I haven't decided whether to keep going north into Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Home, or to head back into Brazil.

6. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Hookey,
Does Varig now fly non-stop Auckland to Rio?
If so, I 'll be using it in 2008 for carnavale.

Kool

Anthony

7. Posted by Hookey (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

Quoting cobbana

Hookey,
Does Varig now fly non-stop Auckland to Rio?
If so, I 'll be using it in 2008 for carnavale.

Kool

Anthony

Bah, I'm an idiot. You have to go via BA or Santiago. But its only 1.5 hours wait in BA.

8. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Quoting Hookey

Quoting cobbana

Hookey,
Does Varig now fly non-stop Auckland to Rio?
If so, I 'll be using it in 2008 for carnavale.

Kool

Anthony

Bah, I'm an idiot. You have to go via BA or Santiago. But its only 1.5 hours wait in BA.

Join the club dude.
I've been an idiot for decades!!!
Have you thought of Lima to Iquitos then boat down the Amazon to Tatabinga and the 3 frontiers. Then fly to Manaus or Bogota.
I only got as far as Iquitos and 2 jungle lodges downriver for a weeks R&R, but that was pretty kool.

Anthony

9. Posted by Hookey (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

Well, my original itinerary was designed to get me to Rio in time for Carnival, and everything was geared around that. However, my trip's been delayed a few months so I'll probably rethink my South American leg anyway. Having said that, I definitely want to go to Argentina, and I really want to go down to Tierra del Fuego(if I have enough money I'd like to see Antarctica...) and work my way back up the Andes, its just a question of what to do once I'm back up as far north as Peru; do I go east into the Amazon, or keep going north up into Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela? I've had recommendations for both (although I'm a bit twitchy about Colombia ) and Venezuela's quite attractive because I could get a cheap flight and do a side trip to Cuba. Decisions, decisions...

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