This is my first post to this forum but having read many of the post thought I would post up some of my own quetions.
I plan to take my first RTW trip at the start of November I have arranged 6 months of work and have about £6000 saved for the trip.
The flight that best seems to meet my requirements has been an escapade flight on the following route:
London-Bangkok-Bali-Austrailia-New Zealand-Fiji-Cook Islands-Tahiti-LA-London
Which is priced at £925 + Airport tax (this is from roundtheworldflights.com) - Can anyone tell me if this is a standard fare or could I get it cheaper elsewhere e.g STA?
I am also considering getting a flight to Malaysia or Singapore from Bankok (Instead of to Bali) then travelling to Bali over land (or sea) - how easy would be this be to do?
I know the question of how much money you need for the trip is a bit subjective - Though when you work £6000 in to a daily budget its not that much - will these be enough if I want to have a enjoyable time having a few beers most nights??
Lastly I will be travelling alone - is there anything in particular I need to look out for??
Has anyone got any suggestions of places I could book in to for when I first arrive in Bangkok as to meet up with a few fellow travellers?
That sounds like a fair fee really. You might get a few quid off somewhere else, but it won't be hundreds, so save yourself the bother.
£6000 is about right for a 'typical' backpacker RTW trip. I have a couple of friends who've done it for about that. You won't have the height of luxury, but if you spend a decent amount of time in Asia, you'll hardly spend anything!
Budget hostel or guest house around Kao San raod ( Bangkok ) would be ok for you... i think.
For cheap flight ticket from Bangkok to Malaysia to Singapore is quite cheap nowaday..you can fly with low cost airline such as www.airasia.com ..Not sure whether it will be a lot cheaper if you take the train to Butterworth or not.
How long would you spend your time in Bangkok?
A must see is Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha and it's wroth to go to Ayudya. These places, you can take bus. It's more cheap than buy a package tour or so.
Beach in the south is also interesting. Take bus from Southern Bus Terminal , fare is around Baht 500 - 600/person. For the time you arrive here..i guess in November, so you better go to west coast as no monsoon. Khao Lak is a new attraction , from there you can take a boat ride to Surin island..very fastastic diving/snorkelling point.
Or , go to Satun province to take boat to Tarutao ( Maldives of Thailand ) very nice place. I plan to go there early next year too. From Tarutao, you can take boat to Langawi of Malaysia too.
If you need more info for Thailand, do let me know
Thanks for the info - Not sure exactly how long I will spend in Bangkok but had planned about a month in Thailand - possibly going up north (maybe into Laos and Vietnam) first then later heading to the south to some of the beaches.
I had originally planned to go from Bangkok to Bali (as part of my RTW ticket) though now fancy taking in Malaysia as well and am trying to work out the best way to do this.
Might do Bangkok - Singapore- Bali ??
Just a note about accomodation in Bangkok, I agree with Chorpet, head to the Khao San road in the Banglampuo (spelling??) part of town. We stayed just around the corner at the myhouse hostel which was really good and just far enough from Khao Sound to get some sleep at night..
Yes..Bangkok Malaysia Singapore and Bali..is a good route.
From Bangkok you can go up north to Chiang Mai by overnight train ( 10 - 12 hours ) fare is around Baht 1,000 ( around US$ 24 ). This is a classic way to visit CNX.
There you can visit the highest peak of Thailand at Doi Inthanon ( about 2,656 meters high ) and Doi Suthep, the most sacred temple in CNX. Trekking in Chiang Mai is also interesting ( ride elephant into the jungle ) or rafting. From there, you can continue your trip to Laos and enjoy your trip there ( Sorry but I don't have information for Laos )
From Laos, you can back to Thailand again and head to South as planed, then continue your trip to Malaysia , Singapore and go to Bali by overland , sea or Plane as you wish.
Hope this info could help you a bit more.
I've booked my RTW ticket with www.roundtheworldflights.com and they are really helpful. I was going to do a similar route to you only in the opposite direction but wanted to change it slightly and it wasn't a problem to do this - the guy I dealt with gave me loads of advice and helped me plan a route that suited me. He even arranged my flights from Glasow to London and vice versa. Hope this helps and have fun on your trip.
Thanks for all the help
Finally booked my ticket today with www.roundtheworldflights.com. They were very helpful and arranged my connection from Edinburgh as well.
Have chosen a route of London- Bangkok - Singapore - Bali - Sydney - Auckland - Fiji - Cook Islands - Tahiti - LA - London
Reckon I'll go north when I try and arrive in Bangkok then go south as have to make it overland to Singapore for my next flight to Bali. Is this fairly easy to do?
Am leaving on Nov 3rd so have a fair bit to arrange before now and then.
If anyone is going to be in Bankok at the start of November or Sydney mid December it would be good to get in touch.
I am always in Bangkok ..Need any help you can call me all the time
Message me and I will leave my cell phone no.
I would be more than happy to help you.