I hope everyone is well.
I have devised the following route through Asia.
Rough back-of-an-envelope so far is:
- Hong Kong
- Down through most of the Vietnamese coast
- Into/across Cambodia & Thailand
(then possibly Australia as I have family over there)
I am looking to leave around June/July for 3-6 montsh.
Does anybody foresee any problems with the proposed route?
Is it worth flying to HK or would it be better to miss this part of the trip and fly direct to Vietnam? I am more interested in the stages after HK/Macau i.e. Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.
Thanks for any responses!
I'm intrigued. You have only posted twice yet the first post of yours was very similar to this one but about S America!!!!!
After consultation with a couple of friends I have decided on Asia as a first trip
I've been looking at flying direct to Hanoi from the UK but that seems almost 50% more expensive for some reason. I can fly to HK for £400 with BA/Emirate/AZ or another well-established airline. I'd also get to see more I suppose training some of this leg.
Arrive in HK, tour a bit then train it to Vietnam, with a stop in Macau and other stuff.
Get into Vietnam and travel through to Laos with a view to crossing back into Vietnam for some coastal fun every now and again.
Enter Cambodia and travel through to the Thai coast, making a trek towards Bangkok.
I plan to have no strict time frame for this (probably for the best!).
Does the above route seem ridiculous?
Seems like a good trip to me!! I would definitely go to HK as, like you have mentioned, it is the cheapest way to get to SE Asia from the UK. Last time I got there for £304 return including all taxes with Air France. This time i paid £385 with Finnair. HK is a great stop over city as it is relatively small and very easy to get around. I nowadays always do a day or 2 in HK whenever I fly to SE Asia because of the cheapness of flights and because it is such a great city to spend a day and night. But also I could spend a lot longer there, the most amount of time I have stayed there at any one point was 3 nights and I didn't want to leave. There are so many islands to visit that unfortunately I haven't yet had the time to see. I will be in HK in a couple of weeks again but only for 24 hours, which is great as you can do a lot in 24 hours in HK, but I always wish I was staying a bit longer. Oh and the airport is amazing, check out the new terminal even if your plane isn't leaving from there as it is right next to the older terminal.
Thanks for the response - it always reassures me when an initial outline doesn't get shot down!
HK it is then. I was really surprised at the divergence between the prices.
Do you have any advice on Cambodia?
I have read very contrasting articles both for and against!
Do you mean there are lots of islands around HK?
Thanks again for your help, this is my first adventure
I haven't been to Cambodia, but yes there are many islands around HK. In fact HK island isn't even the biggest one, Lantau is. There are over 260 islands in Hong Kong plus the peninsular on the mainland of China. Kowloon is on the mainland (HK Island is a 7 minute boat ride away or a very quick MTR ride away) and is where most of the cheap places to stay are. To be honest HK Island feels like it is just on the other side of a river rather than looking like an island if viewed from the mainland. Some areas to look out for are:
Mongkok, Kowloon for cheap accomodation and street markets.
Tsim Sha Tsui for more cheap accomodation (Chungking Mansions) and Great food and nightlife
Hong Kong Island
Lan Kwai Fong for loads of bars and clubs
Soho for the really cool bars (take the amazing Mid-Levels Escalator)
Victoria Peak for stunning views of Hong Kong
Also make sure you ride the Star Ferries that cross from Kowloon to Hong Kong island, it is a great way to see Hong Kong. It only takes about 7 minutes and is dirt cheap, a few pence.
This is just a few ideas to get you started!
Thanks for the suggestions bwii, I'll definitely check some of those out.
I'm planning on leaving around July time - weather-wise I am unsure of how wise this will be. Would it be better to prolong the trip until the Asian summer months?
I've read that the Thailand "peak season" for example is around these dates but I may well be misinformed
I understand the weather will vary from country to country but I'd rather not go in the wet season if I have the choice.