ME AND MY GIRLFRIEND ARE GOING RTW IN MAY FOR A YEAR,STARTING OF IN CHINA AND FINISHING IN BRAZIL.IS THERE ANY THING THAT WE SHOULD GO AND SEE THAT DOSE NOT INVOLVE LOADS OF TOURISTS.
SADLY I HAVE MOST OF THE GEAR BUT STILL NO IDEA .SO WHAT I NEED AND WHAT I DONT WOULD BE GREAT.
You'll need to be a bit more specific! Have you bought your tickets yet?
sorry yes we have our tickets all the important things are taken care of.jabs/ insurance.
were going to china (Beijing)
then traveling down the coast for a while then down to Singapore ,Vietnam,then over to Thailand down through to bali then to oz nz then south America,over to Brazil then home..this is not all set in stone we might change when we are there but thats the basic route we have planed.
That sounds pretty much like our route albeit we will be a month behind you because of our time in Europe. It would be good to meet up if we overlap anywhere.
I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time & you're probs looking forward to it as much as us!
If you don't want loads of tourists you have chosen a pretty bad itinerary because all of the places you have mentioned are very touristy with the acception of some parts of China (Beijing not being one of those) and certain areas of South America. If you want to avoid many of the touristy things but still see a lot of great stuff, when you are in Australia you should try heading to Western Australia and also Tasmania. Tasmania does have some touristy things but overall it isn't crowded with tourists even in peak tourist season. Western Australia is just huge and very diverse and although some things like the Dolphins at Monkey Mia are a little touristy, you can always find places to get away from the tourists especially if you could hire a campervan to see around in detail.
Something you should definitely do on your trip is the day hike from Jinshaling to Simatai sections of the Great Wall of China. That has a lot less tourists than the Badaling part which is where a lot of tours run to and is far nicer. You do need to be quite fit though and take plenty of food and water with you as it is 18km (and includes about 5000 stairs that are each about 50cm high). No places exist in the 18km section to buy food and drink so if you don't bring much at the start, you are going to be having to break for about 5 minutes after every few steps on the last big walk towards the heavens. In many areas it is like you walk 100 metres of ups and down to actually only reach 20 or 30 metres across, but it is a really nice and picturesque walk on one of the wonders of the world.
Thailand is an amazing place. Chiang Mai, in the far north, is a beautiful city to base yourself for trips around the Golden Triangle.
Singapore is very commercial but has a rich history - make time to visit Sentosa Island, take the cable car, it's a great day out.
I appreciate what you're saying about the "touristy" bits but don't knock them; sometimes it's good to visit the popular destinations too!