I'm new to this so any help would be much appreciated! I've got a ticket booked to Thailand on 26th March and home from Jakarta 5th June.
Can anyone recommend a loose itinerary/ any must-sees? Feels like the more I'm reading about this the more confused I'm getting... All I know is that a lone female I want to avoid the riskier places. Should I be worrying or just leave it and play it by ear?
You have about 10 weeks, so I would say that about a month in Thailand is enough. I take it you will arrive in Bangkok. Stay for several days, and go eastwards to fit in Angkor Wat in Cambodia. If you are so close, just visit it. From there go northwards towards Luang Praban in Laos.
I know, I mentioned two other countries, but actually they are more interesting than relatively boring Thailand.
But Bangkok and Changmai and a visit to Ayyuthaya are nice.
Then move on to some beaches in the south, for example Krabi or Koh Samui.
And of course in Malaysia Taman Negara NP, Cameron Highlands and Perhentian Islands and Tioman Island.
Kuala Lumpur, Singapore for several days is enough.
That probably leaves about 3 or 4 weeks to visit Indonesia or you could go to Malaysian Borneo and take flight from there to Java.
Check airasia.com for cheap flights in the region.
That way you avoid 'riskier' places or places harder to travel like Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Have fun, Michael.
Thank you for the help!
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 10, 2007, at 1:23 AM by stowaway ]
i'll b in phuket from 10/4 to 17/4/07.looking for travelling companions to share my costs and so....anyone interested please leave me a messsage...
Wow that's something to look forward to! You'll have a brilliant time.
I'd be inclined to suggest playing it by ear - you will undoubtedly meet up with another group of solo travellers and hang around with them for a while and go places with them. Tying yourself to an itinerary will just frustrate you (if you're anything like me anyway!) and you won't be able to hang around with the cool people you meet if you're tied to flights or hostel bookings etc.
Nevertheless, you absolutely have to see Phi Phi Island down off the Andaman coast, it's beautiful - my favourite Thai island, and no cars on it either so you can really relax away from crazy traffic!
Whatever happens have a great time and if you want any advice on Phi Phi or the general area around it, feel free to drop me a message and i'll try to help.
Coolio, thanks for the ideas guys, I am eternally grateful!
I m planning to go to Thai and Malay in Feb with a friend of mine. but he might ditch me at the very last moment and will find a kool excuse for that ... hez my friend, i know him...
so wanted to know if tat happens, would there be any other solo travellers or wud it just be me????