Next summer I'm going to be travelling for just a month (can't afford to take any longer off work, boo!) and want to spend it in Asia.... but obviously I am going to have to be very select in my choices!
It is between these:
1. 2 weeks in Laos and 2 weeks in Cambodia
2. One month in north India or Nepal
3. One month in China
Or does anyone have any other good suggestions, I don't want to be too rushed or try to fit far too many things in! I hve travelled to asia once before (to thailand, hong kong and macau) and are't planning on re-visiting those places, and I am also ruling out Burma.
China will be the biggest challenge, India will be the most interesting, and Laos and Cambodia will make the best vacation.
Personally, for just a month I would pick Southwest China - flying into Hong kong and visiting Guilin and Yunnan. Makes for a fantastic month.
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I did one month in northern india and it was great.
And ive been to laos and cambodia........ Never been to China but from what ive heard its hard work (you dont want to be struggling on your vacation from work).
Id do laos and cambodia. If you do northern india....you are only getting used to india after 2 or 3 weeks and then you have to go home. Laos and cambodia are easy and fun, lots to do if you want, and loads of beautiful places to chill if you dont.
That would get my vote.
Done them all, and if I had a month and the situation was good I'd spend 2 weeks in Myanmar and two weeks split between Laos and Cambodia with most of the time being dedicated to Laos, but catching Tuel Slung, the Killing Fields (1-2 days) and Angkor Wat (worth at least 2-3 days). If you like the history and ruins a lot I'd consider ditching Laos and seeing a little of Thailand especially places like Sukuotai.
If you are just looking to chill you probably should skip parts of Cambodia it's very intense and the party/social scene isn't as developed.