Me and a friend are setting off on our RTW trip in 27th October 08 starting in Bangkok, I plan to be in Sydney for Xmas therefore leaving us with 7 weeks to see as much as possible of SE Asia, personally I would like to leave earlier and spend a good 3 months in SE Asia but the funds won't allow!
Anyway.. my plan so far is to spend 4 weeks in thailand going up to chang mai and down to the islands after, or even squeeze in cambodia and then head off to china for the last 3 weeks, is this really unrealistic or has anyone got any better ideas?
Our route goes - SE ASIA (undecided) 7 weeks, OZ for 3 months or longer, Fiji, then hopefully South america. We are booking our flights in 2 weeks and I would really appreciate any advice, or even suggestions on how to do the route differently!
Thanks for reading guys!
if you can squeeze in flying to the Philippines... you can check out the Banaue Rice Terraces, one of the UNESCO sites in the country...
or you can check out the Philippine entries to the new 7 wonders of the world, namely, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, the longest underground river and if you dive, the Tubbataha Reef.. both location is in the island of Palawan... another is the Chocolate Hills of the Bohol island and the Mayon Volcano in the Bicol peninsula...
Try to get you visa's in order, especially for china if time is an issue. Realistic is up to you, what you said there sounds fine. One month in Thailand is about right, 3 weeks in china get you to see a lot of places, then again so does 6 weeks as it's suc a large country. I would try to head into cambodia though, or even laos while over there. Nextdoor to each other yet very different.
4 weeks in TL is good. How many days does "squeeze in Cambodia" mean? As for China, it is so vast that 3 weeks could be tight and will leave you wishing you had more time to understand the country and culture. Where do you plan to visit? Cross country travel or in/around a few locations?