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1. Posted by james1988 (Budding Member 25 posts) 7y

Hello

Im lookin at going travelling for as long as possiable from about 15th June - 1st Sept 2009!
SE Asia is where im looking, going Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and would love to go Boreno too.

Looking for areas with nightlife, relaxing, amazing scenery, things to do...just want to get as much in as possiable but enjoy it too.

Any advice wud be great! Budgets? Things to do? Accomodation? Hidden jems to discover?

Let me know!

If you going at the same time, send me a message! :)

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 7y

Quoting james1988

Hello

Im lookin at going travelling for as long as possiable from about 15th June - 1st Sept 2009!
SE Asia is where im looking, going Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and would love to go Boreno too.

Looking for areas with nightlife, relaxing, amazing scenery, things to do...just want to get as much in as possiable but enjoy it too.

Any advice wud be great! Budgets? Things to do? Accomodation? Hidden jems to discover?

Let me know!

If you going at the same time, send me a message! :)

Read several travel guides on this part of the world. You probably can get some of these books through your local library. When you leave on your trip bring a Lonely Planet travel guide with you.

Your list is ambitious! Hong Kong might be the most expensive place for lodging. From Thailand you can go overland to Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. From Bangkok you could fly to Hong Kong if you want, the air fare is not that bad and during the off season you can get some good deals on hotels too!

Thailand has excellent transportation, buses and trains are efficient and cheap compared to the US and Europe.

Budget is something you have to figure out. Not everyone spends money at the same rate. Some places will be cheaper than others. You have to decide how much you have that you can spend on hotels/hostels per night and then fit the hotel to your budget. In Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and even parts of Malaysia you can eat pretty cheap.

I would fly to Bangkok first. See that city, find a hotel near the Skytrain, if you are young you will be encouraged to stay in the Khao San Road area - but no Skytrain there. Read up on taking taxi cabs and some of the scams. Often you can simply Google up a question and several links will show giving you info.

For nightlife Bangkok and Pattaya is pretty well known. Pattaya is a beach town of sorts. Beach is mostly okay for sunbathing, shopping, bars, malls but not so good for swimming by tourists. Hotels, transportation and bars are cheaper than Bangkok or Phuket.

Lots of places you can go to on your own but if you want tours they are often found through local travel agencies.

Now is the time you have to decide how to carry cash or get cash during the trip. You also have to plan on visas. You have to get a passport if you do not have one. Debit cards work in many places, Thailand in particular is pretty good for cashing travelers checks, lots of ATM's too! For Vietnam and Laos often you can use US currency. Hong Kong is okay for ATM's too!

So, get info, get passport, set up a debit card account (a credit union is a good place to get debit cards that they pay the ATM fees on,) check on visa requirements for your country and decide when to leave. Cheapest time for hotels is in the "low season" highest prices for hotels and often airfare is close to Christmas and New Years or when it gets cold in N. America or Europe.

Good luck.

3. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

James,

Get yourself a 3 or 6 month return ticket to Bangkok and take a good guidebook - prices start from around £400 inc tax. I flew with Swiss Air on my trip in 2005 - it was £410 inc tax and was a 12 month ticket as my trip was pretty long.

Anyway, from Thailand you can easily explore laos, vietnam, cambodia and malaysia. You could possibly fly to Borneo (I did for £70 return from Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia) as well. Its quite pricey there though.

buy yourself a lonely planet se asia on a shoestring or similar - a quick skim through that will show you what is possible in 3-4 months.

I would save up as much money as I could but to put you in the picture a bit - I spent around £500 a month on average on my trip. I stayed in cheapish places, ate whatever I fancied, bought clothes, cds and partied like a maniac for much of the trip.

Its an easy, relatively safe and inexpensive place to travel. The nightlife in Thailand is superb, there are some great places to party in the rest of se asia too - Vang Vieng is fun in Laos, Nha Trang in Vietnam, Sihanoukville in Cambodia.

If you need any more help just shout.

Joey :)

4. Posted by james1988 (Budding Member 25 posts) 7y

Hi

Thanks both for the replies.

Joey, did you book any accomodation etc before you left or did you organise it when you arrived there? Is it relatively easy to find accomodation or would you recommened booking something through a company like STA travel?

Thanks for the help! I just wanna go now! :)

5. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

James,

I booked my first night in bangkok online myself. I would recommend you do book your first couple of nights with STA (I used to work for STA and they do have decent places to stay in BKK) and consider treating yourself. The first night or two is where you will be tired, jet lagged maybe and perhaps a bit daunted. So stay somewhere nice. Ask at STA for somewhere on Soi Rambuttri which is a few mins away from the action of Khao San Road but much quieter.

After that it is a piece of cake finding places to stay. The backpacker trail in SE Asia is so well-trodden and established. I'm not just saying that either - I have travelled a lot and would consider south east asia, particularly Thailand, among the easiest places to find good, simple, clean places to stay. And eat - the food at hostels/guesthouses is always pretty decent. bnaana pancakes, eggs, and of course thai dishes. All yummy!! Much easier finding good healthy food there than in india for arguments sake!

Def take a Lonely PLanet SE Asia on shoestring and you can't go far wrong.

Mate, ask away if other stuff is bugging you!!

Joey :)

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