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Second time Asia 3-4 month away. Advice?!

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1. Posted by keerin (Budding Member, 3 posts) 1 Apr '07 14:31

Hello, I have been back from india for about a month now. Originally I was going to "start my life" in the UK where I'm from, but I've shelved that and want to go again.

I spent 4 months in India - (im 20) and it was the best decision I have made in my life, it opened my eyes to the world. I dont have a career or any responsibilities yet and I would like to go one more time before I "settle" in the UK, which eventually I would like to.

My favourite parts of india were as follows

Mountains- I was at the base of the himalaya for 1 month and the landscapes and vibrations up there is what started my spiritual realisation , I also went to a teaching with the dalai lama and smoked tons of charas - i am looking to start this new trip in the same fashion (to a mountanous area of asia where ganja is readily available)

I visited delhi mumbai, diu, goa, kerala, chennai which was all worthwhile then for 20 days or so was in the andaman islands

This area was the stereotypical, picture dictionary image of "paradise" with palm tree laiden, white sand beaches with virtually no tourists. It was also very cheap. Not to mention the coral reefs surrounding these islands! I'd like to find this type of area for the 2nd half of my trip

In between these two different environments I would like to visit a "big city" or two. I dont "enjoy" the big cities but they teach you things you dont get out in the bush

With a budget of around 15-20 dollars per day (7-10 pound), a maximum of $500-600(max) per month (I lived extremely well and travelled the whole country of india on this budget inc travel) do you know where I could journey to with these two environments in mind? mountains - tropical beaches.

Has anyone here been to the nepal or pakistan side of the himalaya? is it any different to india?

If, as Im leaning towards, I start in India/pakistan/or nepal in these mountanous areas, can I get to cambodia and vietnam from india by land? Is burma (the country where you need to pay 300$ on entering) not slap bang in my way if I go by land? (very unsure about getting past this area - or could you pass it by travelling through laos?)

I might spend a few weeks in thailand just to see what its like, particularly bangkock, but I'm told its double the price of india which it something im not keen on! Are laos, vietnam and cambodia cheaper than thailand?

I may start in north india but I want to get to the vietnam/cambodia area but its imperitive id be able to get there by land if I did go back to north india at the start

I am well aware this is asking alot of one person to help me with but if you know answers to any of the questions I would be very very greatful.

thanks for reading!

2. Posted by keerin (Budding Member, 3 posts) 3 Apr '07 14:00

this is on page 2 without any correspondance and im worried its going to melt into oblivion.

please help!

3. Posted by the_wynner (Budding Member, 17 posts) 6 Apr '07 13:36

Quoting keerin

In between these two different environments I would like to visit a "big city" or two. I dont "enjoy" the big cities but they teach you things you dont get out in the bush

I also get little enjoyment from the big cities. Bangkok in Thailand is very big and very busy. Phnom Penh in Cambodia is also very busy, but I enjoyed it 100 times more than I did Bangkok. Chaing Mai in North Thailand is also very nice.

Quoting keerin

With a budget of around 15-20 dollars per day (7-10 pound), a maximum of $500-600(max) per month (I lived extremely well and travelled the whole country of india on this budget inc travel) do you know where I could journey to with these two environments in mind? mountains - tropical beaches.

Thailand is amazing for both mountains and beaches and you can travel on that budget providing you resist the temptations. The jungles are awesome.

Quoting keerin

If, as Im leaning towards, I start in India/pakistan/or nepal in these mountanous areas, can I get to cambodia and vietnam from india by land? Is burma (the country where you need to pay 300$ on entering) not slap bang in my way if I go by land? (very unsure about getting past this area - or could you pass it by travelling through laos?)

You could travel through south china but I have been told travelling through bangledesh is difficult. Burma is accessable but you need to organise a visa beforehand. Laos is between Thailand, china, vietnam and cambodia. Another very nice place to visit, but no beaches.

Quoting keerin

I might spend a few weeks in thailand just to see what its like, particularly bangkock, but I'm told its double the price of india which it something im not keen on! Are laos, vietnam and cambodia cheaper than thailand?

Thailand isn't double the price of India, but the tourist areas can be. It doesn't sound like you're too keen on those though anyway. You can live in a beach hut in ko phi phi and survive on less than 5 pounds a day, and it really is paradise. You can live in chang mai for the same. Issan is even cheaper.

Laos, vietnam and cambodia can be cheaper than Thailand, but also more expensive. It's all about the same in general bar the tourist sites.

I really recommend Thailand, despite what you may have heard about the country. As for Ganj, it's available just about anywhere you go, along with opium, mushrooms, etc. Especially in Thailand and Laos.

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[ Edit: Edited on Apr 6, 2007, at 1:37 PM by the_wynner ]

4. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member, 142 posts) 6 Apr '07 19:08

If you loved the mountains in India(I am assuming you were in the Leh,Darjeeling area) than you will love them in Nepal. Plus the charas is cheaper and better there. You could check out Sikkim if you haven't already, great mountains and really different from most of India.
I would give Bangladesh a pass, interesting country but not much tourist infrastructure and we had a lot of bureaucratic hassles and left.
Cambodia has cheap, available smoke and a great lonely beach called Sinoukville(sp?). Laos is similar and the southern tip has great islands Si Pan Don and the North has some nice mountains. And you can go wrong with the Thai islands, especially the Adaman side.

5. Posted by Mr Gee (Budding Member, 91 posts) 10 Apr '07 04:12

I was looking to do a trip similar to yours man, but found that to travel by land you'd need to travel through china as there aren't any border crossings in/out of Burma, well, thats what i've read pretty much everywhere.
as for vietnam and laos, they are both very cheap, perhaps not as cheap as india, but its quite reasonable to get by on $15-20 a day comfortably