I am still trying to get my head around the route we can take though SE asia.
We have the luxury of not being stuck to a time limit so basically can stay in any country for as long as we like or the visas allow.
My latest idea for this part of our route is as follows, the bits in bold are the flights I am intending to include as part of the RTW ticket and we will be getting to Bali at the beginning of Feb 09:
Cairns - Bali - Singapore - Manila - surface to Cebu - Singapore - surface to Kuala Lumpar - Bangkok - London - Cambodia - Vietnam - Laos - China - Nepal - India
My main problem, and one I am probably getting a bit too hung up on is how we can get into Thailand. The tickets will expire at the end of May 2009 and I had planned that we would get to Thailand before this time so we could use the Bangkok-London flight as our proof of onward travel. We would however not get this flight but go overland through Cambodia and continue on from there.
Based on this route we would be fine if we raced through though in 3 months but I really really don't want to be restrictred with how long we can stay somewhere just for the sake of reaching Bangkok before the end of May.
Basially I would like some advice on the following questions:
a) Is this a good route in the first place
b) do people think I should get over the Thai visa thing and worry about that when we are there??
c) should I include less of the SE Asia flights as part of my RTW ticket and book them when I am there? Is this a cheaper option? I am also a bit concerned that we could end up wasting some of the flights if we stay somewhere that takes us beyond the 12 months.
I know it is a long way off but I am hoping to book our flights quite soon so need a rough itinerary sorted now.
Please help I feel like I've come up against a brick wall with this at the moment !!!