I am travelling through SE Asia over July and August, and am planning on traveling through (in order): Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia. I'm traveling alone, and its my first time backpacking, so I would be most grateful for some tips, as well as answers to some specific questions:
1. Will anyone else be in these countries during this July and early August, who would like to meet up or travel together?
2. Is it easy to meet people and find travel companions along the way in these countries? Any tips for getting started?
3. Í'm arriving in Bangkok first (from India), using it as my gateway to the region. How long should I stay there?
4. Is Java safe, given the recent earthquake and activity of Mount Merapi? I'm dying to go to Borobudur, so some feedback would be helpful.
Thanks! Once again, I'd be super grateful for any tips, as well as any potential travel companions! I'm leaving in 2 days, but I hope I will be able to regularly access the internet and this forum in bangkok.
Don't forget to bring necessary rain gears, things that are easy to dry, waterproof stuff, and mosquito repellent.
You should to stay at Bangkok for 2-3 days,don't forget to go to shopping at weekend market(Chatuchak Market).For this month it's nice time to go to koh Pangan island because it's no big rain (it's rainy season but not at the koh Pangan island. Uthaithani is the small province not far from Bangkok and it's a charming place to take a fews day by the river.I suggest you to see the website www.rivermarinaresort.com I like this here and I just came to work here for 2 month because I want to get away of my house(Bangkok).
2. It's easy to meet people in Thailand, but you may find a few of people you don't really want to hang out with. Be sure you're with the right group before you decide to travel with them.
3. I stayed for one full day and that was enough for me... but i'm not a huge fan of big busy cities, so a day was enough for me to see a few sights and get a taste of Bangkok.
Yogyakarta and the outskirt is still damage because of the earthquake and Mount Merapi activity. However, if you really want to see Borobudur, it's ok to go there, just don't forget to bring a travel SOS guide book with you, which include emergency numbers and suggestions about what to do if you face any kinds of emergencies in each cities. I can give you some emergency numbers in Yogyakarta if you don't have them yet. Have a great trip and be safe!