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1. Posted by sem rumo (Inactive 14 posts) 10y

i´d like to receive sugestions and advices to my trip with my wife

we are going to start at july 2007 in nagoya-japan because we live here and the goal is brazil because we are brazilian and we going to go back to our country

JAPAN (7 days)
nagoya >> nara >> kyoto >> hiroshima >> shimonoseki by tain

shimonoseki >> qingdao (china) by ship

CHINA (14 days)
qingdao >> beijing >> xi'an >> chengdu >> lhasa by train.
is the train to lhasa already?

LAOS/VIETNAM (15 days)

after lhasa, we have doubts. can i entry 2 times in vietnam? because the route is
hanoi >> halong >> hanoi >> luang prabang >> phonsavan >> viantiane >> hue >> nha trang >> ho chi minh

how i do to getting around hanoi >> luang prabang >> phonsavan >> viantiane >> hue? by bus? by train? how much is?

CAMBOJA (5 days)

phnom penh >> siem reap >> india
how we should getting around?

INDIA (14 days)

goa >> mumbai >> jaipur >> khajuraho >> varanasi by train

varanasi >> lumbini (nepal)

NEPAL (35 days)

lumbini >> kathmandu >> bhaktapur >> everest trail >> kathmandu >> thailand

THAILAND (14 days)

bangkok >> ayuthaya >> ko samui >> krabi >> ko phi phi >> phuket >> indonesia
how we do to get to ayuthaya from bangkok?? to ko samui from bangkok? to krabi from ko samui? and, to phuket from krabi??
by bus?? how much is??

INDONESIA (14 days)

bali >> lombok >> australia
i´d like to cross the boarder by ship from indonesia to cairns (australia)
is it possible?? how i do??

AUSTRALIA (14 days)

cairns >> townville >> rockhampton >> brisbane >> sidney >> melbourne >> new zealand


queenstown >> wellington >> auckland >> fiji islands
to get around at new zealand, how i do??

FIJI (5 days) >> TONGA (5 days) >> TAHITI (5 days) >> EASTER ISLAND (RAPANUI-CHILE 5 DAYS) >> santiago (chile) >> BRAZIL
from fiji to tonga is it only by air?? by ship is possible??
the same question from tonga to tahiti..

we have a lot of doubts more....

thank you very very very much...

2. Posted by Belliveau (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

You have a lot of questions! Since no one has answered, I would suggest (as a start) you break out all questions regarding ships and ferries and try them on the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree's A Life on the Ocean Wave branch, here:

3. Posted by aaabbb (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

too many questions!!! I think few people can answer all you questions in one time.

I suggest " Japan - China (if you are going to Lisa) - Nepal - India - Thailand - Cambodia - VN - Thailand (China) - Lao - Thailand - Indonesia ...."

although you need to go back to Thailand for 2 or 3 times, you can take a break for being a long trip.

and, the trip between Lao and VN is very difficult to make it. look at the map, the border of Lao and VN are all mountains. there are buses regular go between it. Local people told me that is hard to go. however, if you are very want to go that way, try it.

there is a beautiful highway between Lisa to Nepal border. from Lisa to Katmandu is just a wonderful trip.

I think your trip is being too long for going home.

good luck!!!

4. Posted by sem rumo (Inactive 14 posts) 10y

THANKS aaabbb
i had thought croos the boarder between tibet and nepal by the montains, but august isn´t a good mounth to do the trekking in himalaya, so after china i think get to vietnam...

i forgot the montains between vietnam and lao....
is it easy to cross between cambodia and lao?
if yes, should i do this route? ...china >> vietnam >> cambodia >> lao >> thailand >> india >> nepal >> thailand >> indonesia...???

thanks for the tip, belliveau
i will see the link

see you

5. Posted by aaabbb (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

you will end up Lisa in China. have you thought about how to go from Lisa to VN? if you go by land, you need to add up at least 10 days as your plan. so, still need to think about it for planning this long trip.

I have heard people told me about the boat trip from Cambodia to Lao. so, you can check about it. I am not sure whether it is available or not. so...

Good luck!!

6. Posted by sem rumo (Inactive 14 posts) 10y

hello aaabbb

how are you?

do you know if the train line to tibet is already?
if yes, we are going to do this by train,
and if not, by air from lisa (in portuguese is lhasa...) to hanoi or somewhere nest to the boarder betwenn china and vietnam

a boat from cambodia to lao. hummm i will check it

thank you so much

7. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

I took a boat from Lao to Cambodia about 5 years ago. They had just recently opened up the crossing and although it was dubious we managed to cross after the obligatory cigarettes and US$.
We started in Si Pan Don in Laos went to Tha Boei, took a small boat down the river for a few hours, hiked up a hill, got our passports stamped and headed down the river for Dom Krolor in Cambodia`s Stung Treng province. It then a one night stay in a sleepy town nearby and then most of a day in a truck or minibus to get to Phnom Penh.(It`s been a while so travel times may have changed).
I would assume you can do in reverse but then you never know....

8. Posted by ellyse (Full Member 195 posts) 10y

The train to Lhasa will start in July, but I hear that it's all fully booked up for the 1st couple of months already.

9. Posted by IceAxe (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Well you can think of adding a travel plan along the silk route entering from china into Pakistan. Traveling along the silk route will give you the opportunity to visit some of the most splendid mountain beaties on earth. I know your next question will be security, so I think I should answer it in advance. Pakistan is a safe place, much safer than people tend to think about it.
This year 68 expeditions are visiting Pakistan.

So, I think you should consider traveling to Pakistan. you can travel to China from PAkistan also.
If you need more help and information, do let me know

take care

10. Posted by sem rumo (Inactive 14 posts) 10y

thanks, iceaxe, ellyse and ghostdog...

iceaxe, the xxxstan (like pakistan, uzbequistan, ...) countries will be in other trip...i know that silk road is very interesting....thanks for the tip

ellyse, can i take the train to lhasa at chengdu???

i have thought more and i decided to take off laos of my plans...

i have more questions...

how much i will spend in a budget trip to get around these cities per day????

how much about meals???