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1. Posted by marshal (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

I'm wanting to travel through Asia and am just starting to plan my trip now. I've got nearly a year and I'm wanting to see the culture, way of life, meet other people etc. Where should I go? Any amazing experiences anyone's had, please share Also when do I want to visit? I've read some on the weather but I'm really stuck. Thankyou ;)

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

What about a round the world plane ticket Marshal since u dont have any destination in mind and u have plenty of time?:) If that seems interesting u could go to the forum on this site that caters especially for round the world trips and ask somebody to help u plan it.
Where are u starting from anyway? If it is London u could try this http://www.oz-bus.com/
In case u are new to travelling(?) I will recomend u buy good travel guide books such as those Lonely Planet produce. They are available at most book stores around the world for around 26 Euros. U can also buy them at various sites online including this site. They are aimed at backpackers but they also have information for people on higher budgets. The sections about recommended routes should be helpful to u.

Mel

3. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 8y

Quoting marshal

I'm wanting to travel through Asia and am just starting to plan my trip now. I've got nearly a year and I'm wanting to see the culture, way of life, meet other people etc. Where should I go? Any amazing experiences anyone's had, please share Also when do I want to visit? I've read some on the weather but I'm really stuck. Thankyou ;)

I would go when it is convenient to you and when the prices for flights is at it's lowest cycle. I can't speak for your country but when our students get out of school in June the price of flights overseas skyrockets! Same for Christmas and for us U.S. Thanksgiving and New Years - prices are high!! But there are parts of this cycle that ticket prices go much lower and some bargains can be found.

When it rains in Southeast Asia it does not rain everywhere at the same time. There are times when the rain falls a lot in one country and not so much in another country. But most of the time when it rains it does not fall continuously, there is almost always enough sunshine to make your trip pleasant. Even within a particular country you may get rain in one area and the rest of the country doesn't get wet at all!

When it is cold in N. America and in Europe it is high season in Asia. This means that hotel prices will be higher and more tourists mucking about. This means you may have to look a little harder for walk-in hotel bookings or make reservations (usually more expensive hotels show up on booking lists.) During "low season" it is easy to stop at a hotel and book a room without reservations.

You can plan your trip to take advantage of cheaper prices during "low season" and still avoid areas of high rainfall and potential flooding and have a good time in the process!

Or play it by ear! Go somewhere that interests you and mess around there for a while and when inspiration or perspiration changes your mind then move on a bit. Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea will be more expensive than Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Up to you!

4. Posted by Moony Moon (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Get yourself some Lonely planet books.......i have nine on order for planning my rtw trip in July.

They are a really good starting point and full of good info/maps etc.

I am just reading as much as poss and using the forums to read other peoples experiences.

Dale

5. Posted by cmdrgabee (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi, marshal :D! Congrats on wanting to travel to Asia :D! Though I live in the Philippines, I'm looking forward to visiting other Asian countries soon :)! I can only give you tips on visiting the Philippines (since I live here)...

1. January to June are the best months to visit the Philippines if you wanna soak up the sun and enjoy our lush beaches :)! July is the start of the rainy season, but it's still pretty warm (Heck, we're a tropical country :)! The sun is everywhere, even in the -ber months.)

2. Food here is relatively cheap. You can get a really good meal (like in a known restaurant) in the 100 to 200 PHP range. If you wanna eat fast food, the price may drop to as low as 50 PHP per meal ;)! I'm vegan, btw, but I love Mexican food, tofu dishes, vegetables and fruits. FYI, an apple here in the Philippines is around 15 PHP a piece :). Eat all you can buffets are usually 300 to 500 PHP per head :)!

3. Hotels and hostels are everywhere here in the Philippines. Prices may go up to as much as 5,000 PHP to 10,000 PHP a night, depending on the hotel and/or location, of course :)! The cheaper ones can go as low as 2,000 PHP a night. Look around online :D!

4. Where you'll wanna go will depend on what you're into. Are you into beaches, nature, diving, partying, night life, shopping? Are you considering joining a tour group or something?

I'll post that for now :)! Just got back from El Nido, Lagen, Palawan (elnidoresorts.com), and I'm rather tired. LOL! Have fun planning your trip to Asia ^o^!

6. Posted by kekiliu (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hi marshal,
I want to give you some tips on travelling in China, because I live here.

Seasons: If you go to the north China, June to October are the best time, because at that time, no sand storm, no freezing air, no drought. If you go to the south China, November to March are the best time, maybe Demember is a little rain in the tropical area, but the temperature is above 10 centigrade.

Hotels: If your friends in China, you can let him/her reservate for you. Or you can reservate hotel by tour agency, and look into on the internet and so on.

Entertainment and Food: I think it is very interesting to have a try to taste the local food, it stands for the local characteristic. Take the Hainan food for example, Wenchang Chicken, Jiaji Duck, Dongshang Sheep and Hele Crab are the four famous dishes!

Items: It is great to take something along with you, such as, camera, telephone, towel, toothpaste, toothbrush, sunblock and so on.

Hope these help! Have you a good trip!