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1. Posted by iPlay (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I'm planning to embark on my first RTW/Working trip. I'm unsure of the best flight route but I'll outline what I'm looking to do.

Manchester > Tokyo (Obviously a transfer somewhere)
Tokyo > Hong Kong
Make my way down to do Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand/Laos and eventually down to Singapore.
Then to maybe Cairns, and make my way overland to Syndey. Then from Syndey fly to Christchurch. And from there on out travel upwards till I find my home, use my Visa and try and live as best I can until it's time to take the flight back to the UK. I'm really wanting to have a go at sustainning myself in NZ for aslong as possible and working hard. I'm uncertain (when it comes to SE Asia) when are where it's best to use public transport over a flight.

I'm really looking to spend most of my sight seeing trip in the cheaper regions of SE Asia and when it comes to NZ me and my friend are looking to work full time and we're treating NZ more as a placement than a holiday until our Visa's run out.

I know it's a vague idea but this is my first attempt at planning something like this, and was wondering if you could offer any educated suggestions as to how this should be done, cheaply. And any ideas on how much time you'd recommend spending in the certain places on my way to NZ and/or a recommended bank balance to go with (bearing in mind we plan to work our lil asses off in NZ)

I've got an appointment to go have a chat in STA Travel in Leeds but I'm too excited :)


[ Edit: Edited on Mar 13, 2007, at 4:07 PM by iPlay ]

2. Posted by Steph1985 (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

You have to come to Melbourne. Sydney is so dirty and unfriendly, sure they've got some nice landmarks (Opera House, Harbour Bridge), but Melbourne is the best city in Australia i love it to death (and i SWEAR it's NOT because it's where i live =P )

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 13, 2007, at 5:29 PM by Steph1985 ]

3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

I agree. Sydney does have some nice sights but Melbourne is a way nicer city.....

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Melbourne the best city in Australia, you've got to be kidding! I agree Melbourne is better than Sydney, but Perth is by far the best overall capital in Australia and I don't even live there so I am not being nice to my city either. Melbourne would rate about 3rd on the list.

For transport in SEA, Getting the opentour ticket from Hanoi-Saigon or vice versa is really good value at only $20US and the buses are reasonable quality as well. Getting a cheap 3 day 2 night tour from Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City-Phnom Penh is also really good. In Cambodia if you are only wanting to go to the main tourist places like Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, then you should have no problems getting public transport. I haven't been to Laos, so I can't comment for there. I got a cheap flight from Phnom Penh-Bangkok on Air Asia and then did some overland travel in Thailand before getting a flight out of the region.

At least allow a couple of weeks for the stop at Tokyo on your ticket, so that you can go and explore other areas of Japan like Kyoto, Nara, Osaka etc as well, because Kyoto is well worth going to as is Nara and Kyoto deserves at least a few days even if you rush seeing things.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 16, 2007, at 5:54 PM by aharrold45 ]

5. Posted by Dani girl (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

I think you will find it tough to just treat New Zealand as a base to work. It's such a beautiful and varied country you will want to travel about. Western Australia really also shouldn't be overlooked. Most people travel the Sydney to Cairns route...of course it depends what you're after. If you're real party people then the east coast is for you. If you prefer tranquility and nature, consider the west coast. As for working in NZ you would probably get more for your money by working in the UK first as the pound is still strong..but if you are desperate to leave and you really like the idea of working abroad then this will probably be a less important factor for you.

Whatever you decide, have a great trip!