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1st time SE Asia??

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1. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 10y

So far I have planned a trip from Cairo to Cape Town, followed by a short stay in Madagascar and I am wondering where to go from there.
It appears that SE Asia is really popular at the moment, so, I am wondering.
Is it feasable to get from East or South Africa to Asia?
Where would be the best places to visit for a first timer?
Would I need to get visas befoe I leave UK?
Goodness, any advise would be great!
I quite fancy Borneo or even Papua New Guinea, or is that a bit ambitious? Budget is limited, but not too tight. Should have roughly £5k left when I reach Cape Town, so that will have to do flights as well.
Another option I was thinking would be:
Thailand, Burma, India, Nepal,Pakistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, then home through Europe.
Any views???
Thanks!!

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

South African Airlines fly direct to Bangkok . . .

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

The easiest place to visit would be Thailand. Its a well travelled place with thousands of travellers on any given day beginning their journeys abroad. Bangkok is a major airline hub and so I'm sure you can easily get flights.
Once you are there you have limitless options. You can spend a couple months doing a loop to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, or head down South to the beaches, Malaysia, and into Indonesia. You don't need a visa to fly into Thailand, and you can easily arrange all the ones you do need in Bangkok.
5000 pounds is also enough to last most travellers a good 10 months to a year in South East Asia, or even more in India if you choose to go there.

Doing an overland back home from Asia is also a popular option, though be forewarned that you absolutley cannot go overland between Thailand and Myanmar, nor Myanmar and India. Its flying only. However, you can get to India via China/Tibet which can be easily reached via Vietnam or Laos.

4. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 10y

Wow!! Thanks for that! Better get planning!!!