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need help planning a route through asia and indonesia

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1. Posted by hellosweet (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

hey all im lookin for some advice from people who have travelled or planning on travelling through asia and indonesia. i want to go to cambodia, thialand, bali etc and possibly nepal, malasia. i dont really know what countries are where..need to study a map properly in the very early stages of getting a travel plan together :) if any one can offer advice on a good route to take it would be much appreciated. also are visas needed?

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

You're right that a quick look at a map would be a good idea, and it will answer most of your questions for you. First of all, you'll find that Indonesia is in fact actually in Asia, albeit on the very bottom. You'll then notice that Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia all connect and a route through these countries is pretty self-explanatory. With few exceptions it's all pretty safe in this area and you can easily connect the dots of tourists spots and travel by bus train or whatever through these countries. It's a very very popular and well traveled route. Very generally speaking, you could spend a month or two getting from Bali to Singapore, then a month getting up to Bangkok via Malaysia and Southern Thailand, and then another few weeks to a month or more in Northern Thailand and Cambodia. You could make it an all overland journey, flying into Bali and out of Bangkok, or you could throw some internal fights in the mix - the possibilities are endless.
You see on the map that Nepal in not really near the rest of the countries on your list. It will require a flight, or a very long (though definitely worthwhile) jaunt through Laos/Vietnam to China, Tibet, and down into Nepal, because Myanmar, which stands in the way between Southeast Asia and South Asia, does not allow overland crossings.
Visas are required for many of these countries. I don't have up to date info on them all, but Malaysia and Thailand don't require visa for travelers from most countries, and the one required for Cambodia is usually easily obtained at the border. I've never been to Indonesia or Nepal so I don't know for sure about them.
Once you get a bit more organized and figure out where you want to go we can help you with more detailed info on what to see etc...

3. Posted by hellosweet (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

hey... thanks since the last post I took a good look at a map :) lol... I will only have 2 months to travel and ive decided id rather wait and do SEA properly, so I´m not going to go to all the places I previously mentioned... i´ll do that another time when I have more time,... but another question - do you think 2 months is a good amount of time to travel Thialand only.. i have a friend who said 6 weeks is enough.. would you agree?

4. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 9y

Hey there

I LOVE Thailand, but don't think I could manage 2 months there. If you want to rush it a bit and see a few cities in a hurry you could do Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

From my on experiences, I'd suggest something like this:

Fly into Phuket and overland it from there... Koh Samui, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai back to Bangkok and then take a train to Thailand/Cambodia border bound for Siem Reap, Cambodia. Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and pop down to Sihanoukville. Then over to Ho Chi Minh City and train it up the Vietnam coast all the way to Hanoi. Whilst in Hanoi do an overnight trip out in Halong Bay. That will probably take 2 months easily and if you can manage it, a trip to Laos is worth the effort. It is such an amazing and beautiful country!

If you want to take things slowly I'd just go to Thailand and Laos.

Ahhhh... there's never ever really enough time for travelling!

5. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

Quoting soapsuds

I LOVE Thailand, but don't think I could manage 2 months there. If you want to rush it a bit and see a few cities in a hurry you could do Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

WHAT???????? Couldn't manage 2 months in Thailand? Oh dear, I dread the day when I think 2 months is too long to try to see a whole country!! Why is everyone in such a rush? Is it so you can just add names to the list of countries you have visited? Thailand, spent a day in bangkok, right tick that country off my list....France, saw the eifle tower in the distance, right thats another one ticked off my list.....etc etc

The mind boggles, it really does boggle.