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1. Posted by Kayla1 (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y

Hi all,
I'm a few days away from booking my RTW ticket, and would like someone else to cast their experienced eye over my grand plan. I am doing the following on the One World Explorer with some internal flights, starting Jan 06.

South America: London To Peru, Bolivia, Rio, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago (3 months)
New Zealand: into Auckland overland to Christchurch ( 1 month)
Australia: Melbourne overland to Cairns (1 month)
Asia: Tokyo via Hongkong to Beijing overland back to HongKong.

Hongkong to ?? (this is where I get confused),I want to see Vietnam, Laos and Thailand and not sure where to fly into from Hongkong - my ticket doesnt allow me to fly into Hanoi so would have to add that in, or I can fly into bangkok and do full circle? - or fly into somewhere else? (Asia 3/4 months)

I then fly out of Bangkok to Mumbai - UK.

Time scale is about 8/9 months - am I cramming too much in?
Budget is around 9k (excluding flights).

Any advice and comments would be appreciated.
Thank you!

2. Posted by speedo (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

hi there i am starting my world tour on oct 3rd but am going round the other way , from experience travelling before but never on this scale i would say you are probably cramming a bit much in i am travelling for 12-18 months and so far have planned s/e asia 3-6 months oz 3-6 months and america 3-6 months i have a rtw ticket but can change the times and destinations and accept that i may lose my final flight back from america if the tour takes to long but it is a small price to pay for doing it at my own pace ,i have applied for extended visa's in thailand (base for s/e asia) and australia. 1 month to do the gold coast in australia is going some ,in my opinion you will either end up travel sick or miss alot out ,for me travelling is about enjoying the experience rather than the amount of destinations i have seen .Most people aggree after they have done a rtw trip if the could do it again they would take less equipment and go to fewer countries but spend more time there, as for your hongkong problem fly to bangkok and get flights from there to hanoi etc they are really cheap
hope this helps

cheers jon

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Quoting Kayla1

Hi all,
I'm a few days away from booking my RTW ticket, and would like someone else to cast their experienced eye over my grand plan. I am doing the following on the One World Explorer with some internal flights, starting Jan 06.

South America: London To Peru, Bolivia, Rio, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago (3 months)
New Zealand: into Auckland overland to Christchurch ( 1 month)
Australia: Melbourne overland to Cairns (1 month)
Asia: Tokyo via Hongkong to Beijing overland back to HongKong.

Hongkong to ?? (this is where I get confused),I want to see Vietnam, Laos and Thailand and not sure where to fly into from Hongkong - my ticket doesnt allow me to fly into Hanoi so would have to add that in, or I can fly into bangkok and do full circle? - or fly into somewhere else? (Asia 3/4 months)

I then fly out of Bangkok to Mumbai - UK.

Time scale is about 8/9 months - am I cramming too much in?
Budget is around 9k (excluding flights).

Any advice and comments would be appreciated.
Thank you!

I guess time in south america is enough, but in NZ and Aus a little too short. Especially the melbourne cairns route in 1 month is pushing it.

But about the Hongkong to SE Asia thing: why don't you travel overland from Hong Kong to Hanoi (2 days or so), travel down to Saigon, into Cambodia, Laos and down to Bangkok? No need to fly from Hongkong.

4. Posted by Kayla1 (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y

Hi both,

Thanks for your advice. I do agree that I am cramming alot in a short space of time, so will look to take some things out - as I dont have the ability to extend by time (I'm taking a career break).

I think I will leave Japan out (as much as it kills me), as I wont have time to do it justice and its expensive, that buys me a bit more time and money to play with.

I've been told the Hong Kong to Hanoi overland route is quite difficult to do, as hardly anyone speaks english so its hard to buy tickets and get around?.. would love to hear from anyone who has done it with little hassle?. I may just fly into Bangkok and do a big loop through Laos, down vietnam and back through Cambodia?

Cheers,

Kayla