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SE Asia/Aus Jun-Dec 2008 suggestions?

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

Hey all,

A good buddy an I (27 and 24 yrs old) will be flying into Singapore for June 1st, 2008 and beginning a loop that will take us from Malaysia->Bali->Aus->Thailand. As newbie travellers we are stoked to meet great people and have ourselves some good fun. We'd like to get in some surfing (believe it or not BC has some great surf, check out Tofino!) and are equally looking forward to some cultural sights/experiences and, of course, having a few bevvies along the way. As I hear this trip is quite common I'm sure we'll be following in the footsteps of many, so if there's any of you out there who'd care to share any suggestions/insight into these places or are even planning to be in any of these locations during these months I'd love to hear from ya.

Thanks :D

2. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

please try going to something off the common route... try including the Philippines in your itinerary...

you can visit the centuries old Banaue Rice Terraces.. which are whole mountainsides carved into rice paddies by tribals... or you can visit the remains of Spanish structures in Intramuros in Manila.. see the Tarsier, the smallest primate in the beautiful island of Bohol.. see the longest underground river of Puerto Princesa in Palawan... see the sugary soft white beaches of Boracay...

well.. you might want to consider those sites also..

3. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

I wouldn't recommend the Philippines during the months of June to December.

My boyfriend and I were there in Aug - Nov last year and got stuck in 3 typhoons in 3 weeks on the island of Luzon, making it impossible to visit the rice terraces as roads had been washed away. We then moved to the Visayas (specifically Dumaguete, Siquijor, Cebu, Malapascua and Leyte) and had constant rain. At the end of our time we went to the island of Mindoro and got stuck there due to another typhoon bringing storm surges. A concrete path 8 feet wide and 7 feet tall was crumbled overnight.

As to Bohol, Alona beach is overpriced at US$50 for a fan room with cold water, overpriced transportation too and the unfriendliest people we have ever met! Also the beach has been ruined there by one of the resorts sectioning a chunk of it for it's own private use. Boracay, yes a nice beach but again overpriced for what you get accommodation wise.

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

Quoting loubylou

I wouldn't recommend the Philippines during the months of June to December.

My boyfriend and I were there in Aug - Nov last year and got stuck in 3 typhoons in 3 weeks on the island of Luzon, making it impossible to visit the rice terraces as roads had been washed away. We then moved to the Visayas (specifically Dumaguete, Siquijor, Cebu, Malapascua and Leyte) and had constant rain. At the end of our time we went to the island of Mindoro and got stuck there due to another typhoon bringing storm surges. A concrete path 8 feet wide and 7 feet tall was crumbled overnight.

As to Bohol, Alona beach is overpriced at US$50 for a fan room with cold water, overpriced transportation too and the unfriendliest people we have ever met! Also the beach has been ruined there by one of the resorts sectioning a chunk of it for it's own private use. Boracay, yes a nice beach but again overpriced for what you get accommodation wise.

The Philippines overpriced!!!! Blimey you must have gone to some very strange places and got ripped off. I pay about £4 ($8) a night for a double room in the Philippines in places like Bacolod and Iloilo and in places like Sipalay which are just amazing beach resorts I pay about £7 ($14) for a double room. I recommend the Philippines, in fact I am going back there in 2 weeks and I cant wait!!!!!

5. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

oh.. last year we had one of the strangest weather in years.. we almost experienced drought for an over extended dry season which usually last for February to April.. but the rain came in mid June and these strong weather systems came in and wreak disasters on some of our islands specially those on the Pacific coasts...

I think that you might have gone to an expensive resort in Bohol specifically in Alona Beach and especially for the locals... yeah I think that there are expensive resorts there but there are other good resort beaches on that island that can be affordable.. I guess you were just pointed to a wrong place at a wrong time...

try to visit again.. but I recommend coming in around January and February when it is the coldest here...

6. Posted by algore (Full Member 88 posts) 8y

Well, since the OP wanted information on Malaysia, Bali, Australia and Thailand and not the Philippines I'll give him information on those places.

One general question first...why are you going on that route? It's be simpler for you to do Thailand first and then Australia last since Thailand is right next to Malaysia. It'd save you on flying all the way back to Thailand too (a ten hour flight!). You can bus overland from Thailand to Malaysia, then fly out from Kuala Lumpur (or maybe even hop down to Singapore and fly from there to Bali and then from Bali to Australia. To me that seems like a more logical itinerary, unless theres a specific reason you want to do Thailand last (in which case go to Australia first and do that trip backwards!)

I'm from Australia and am currently living in Thailand so I know both countries quite well.

For Australia, I have to ask how much time you'll be spending there. Sorry, but it's a HUGE country and so I'll need to know what areas you're going to and how many days/weeks/months you have.

Thailand's a lot smaller so I can give you some good spots off the top of my head right now. I'd recommend staying away from the very touristy places in Thailand because they're over-developed and have lost a lot of their sense of place making them seem like any old tourist spot on earth. Some of the lesser known places that are really good are the islands of Koh Chang and Koh Tao. Koh Tao is a diving island with some great beaches and Koh Chang is a huge island with trekking, beaches, and a relaxed atmosphere. On any of these islands you can grab a few bevvies too. On the mainland, I'd fully recommend the northern town of Chiang Mai. Relaxed, cultural, with enough entertainment to last for ages. Chiang Mai is easy to get around too and it doesn't have the headache of Bangkok for a first timer. While I do like Bangkok, which has a HUGE number of great bars, clubs, and other random entertainment, you can find a smaller-scale of these in Chiang Mai. As for small towns, I've been living in a town called Nan for the past ten months teaching English here. Nan is about a six hour bus journey east of Chiang Mai. It's a really beautiful place and I'd recommend coming here to rent a few motorbikes and driving around the mountains to check out the national parks and waterfalls here. There are also some rapids you can shoot but you need to come here at the proper time (ie, the cool season or the hot season and not the rainy season). For temples I'd recommend the town of Sukothai where you can hire a bike and go riding around the many, many ruins they have there.

I hope that helps and if you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask :)

7. Posted by stockamole (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

In Thailand, check out Ko Yao Noi-you can do a great day trip touring Phang-Nga Bay and I'd recommend a kayak to Ko Panak included. Further south, check out Laoliang. It's a very laid back private island, sleep in tents, lots of fun activities and a bar. You should also look into Khao Sok National Park and go out to the floating rafthouses on the lake. Have fun!