Hi I was wondering if i could have a bit of advice?
Im travelling to Thailand in March/April and staying there for 6 months travelling to Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam. I understand this a quite a long time to spend in just those four places so was thinking about heading to either Singapore or Malaysia. Im going on my own so was hoping to meet other people that i could travel there with (thats the main reason why i dont know where im going)
Really i need to know if ill meet other people heading to these countries or shall i plan it on my own, i dont really know what to plan to be honest, i was hoping to meet others as i feel a bit scared!!
ALSO im planning to take 2500 pounds spending/travel/accommodation etc, is this amount ok? Do you think i could go to all the places that i want to (Not sure if the travelling/Visa costs will make my budget completely unrealistic.
Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated.
When i say that i have 2500 pounds Travel/spending/accomodation money i have already put some money aside for my return flight to Bankok!!
Don't worry about travelling alone. Unless you are completly socially inapt, you will meet more travellers than you can imagine. Plan it on your own. On every bus you take, every site you visit, and every restarant you eat at, it'll be filled with other travellers who will be heading in the same direction. So you can always join up with others if you are heading in the same direction and you'll always have people to talk to.
If you are nervous about the whole thing, make your first stop Kao San Road in Bangkok. Its a tourist ghetto and a good place for the solo traveller to get his barings and meet some people.
2500 pounds? No problem, that's way more than I've ever spent in the region. If you watch your budget than you'll be fine and will go home with cash to spare. I usually spend around 250 pounds a month in the region.
I spent six months in the region last year and it was fantastic. I did the vast majority of it on my own and you will meet a shed load of people while you are away - i met three lads from Reading and ended up doing Oz with them for the best part of a year! If i were you though, i would definately go down to malaysia, and malaysian borneo as you easily have enough time.
I have been away for 17 months and my favourite place in the world to date in Malysian borneo (Sabah to be exact). You can get cheap flights with air asia from kuala lumpur to kota kinabalu and i would recommend a month if you do both sabah and sarawak. Things to do include climbing the spectacular mount kinabalu, the limestone forest at gunung mulu, diving in the sipidan islands (which rivals anywhere in the world) and also the orangutan sanctuary at sepilok.
Enjoy your travels and teake it easy,
If you are going to be in the area, consider a visit to Myanmar/Burma. It's an absolutely fascinating country, and it's very safe and inexpensive to visit. But you need to fly into Yangon first and then choose your modes of travel from that point. Air Asia now has cheap direct flights from Bangkok to Yangon, so that lessens the monetary sting a bit.
Thanks Guys - looks like i have some planning to do then!!
I have heard that you meet loads of people i was just a bit worried because im useless at planning stuff, knowing me ill end up in some random Thai buddest house on my own, Im sure ill be ok!! As long as i have enough money to do it that would be a weight off my mind.
WOW Degolasse 250 quid a month, thats brill!!!! Is that including bus/train costs?
Did you have to cut back alot on stuff?
Sorry to go on... just one more question.... What would you recomend for me to plan this trip??? South East Aisa - Rough Guide, Lonely Planet or something else
Thanks again for all your help its been very usefull and encouraging!!
Make a rough itinerary before you go or at least a list of places you'd like to see. While you travel, you'll meet other travellers and get chatting (usually about where they've been or planning on going to) this is by far the best way to get an insight on a place, they'll let you know if it's worth going to, the best way to get there, a good place to stay etc. Guesthouses are the best places to meet like minded travellers, as well as trekking or diving trips & bus journeys. It's very hard NOT to get talking to other people. Be flexible, open minded & take your time.
Lonely Planet or the Rough Guide will have suggested itineraries. I had a Lonely Planet for SE Asia, fairly useful, but as it was only one book covering about 8 countries, so it obviously skimped on detail. You can easily pick up second hand or copies of individual country guides in most cities in Asia, I saw loads in Vietnam, Cambodia and quite a few in Thailand.
The cheapest way to travel in SE Asia is usually by bus, Thailand have an excellent bus service (government buses) usually cheap, comfortable & efficient. Beware of the so called "VIP" buses which are usually geared for tourists, while they can be cheap, they can involve scams, skimp on comfort i.e. less leg room, cramped conditions, and they will often hang around until the bus is full or stop to pick up passengers along the way.
Best of luck any more questions, please ask!