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1. Posted by ellieboal (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi , im planning a trip to travel around southeast asia at the end of the year/january 2010 and i was just wondering if there was anyone who could give me any tips? how to get from place to place via train/coach/plane and how much it would be! also if anyone is going at around the same time give me a shout out! thanks :) ellie x

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1592 posts) 7y

Quoting ellieboal

Hi , im planning a trip to travel around southeast asia at the end of the year/january 2010 and i was just wondering if there was anyone who could give me any tips? how to get from place to place via train/coach/plane and how much it would be! also if anyone is going at around the same time give me a shout out! thanks :) ellie x

First get a map of this area. You can also use some of the travel books from a library. Figure out how much you can afford to pay on hotels. When you need recommendations on hotels mention how much you want to spend each night for a room. Use a specific figure, don't say cheap or middle priced because these terms do not mean the same to every one.

Travel during the December to January time period is the highest priced time of the year to visit. Good weather in many places but that is high season.

Figure out the places you want to visit. My advice is to start in Bangkok first. Spend a few days there. In Bangkok you can use bus or train service to get to many other cities. You can even use ground transportation to get to Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. In Bangkok you can purchase flights to other countries if you want. Choose a hotel in Bangkok near the Skytrain route so you can use that overhead rail service to get around the city; don't skip Bangkok and immediately fly out to somewhere else!

Check out the price of your plane tickets round trip to Bangkok compared to other flights that are one way. It might pay to return to Bangkok for your flight home instead of getting 2 one way flights if you intended to fly into one country and fly out of a different country.

You have to check on your visa requirements. In some cases you can get a free visa on arrival or similar entry stamp in your passport, some places it may pay to purchase visa stamps in advance. First you have to narrow down the places you intend to see. Don't schedule so many countries to visit that you do not actually spend enough time in one area to see or do anything.

At least you have some time to make plans for your trip. Got your passport? Check with your state department or foreign service websites for any shots you might need. Make sure your passport has enough pages in it if you need full visa stamps. Your passport should have around 6 months remaining by the end of your trip.

How much money you have may decide on how you travel locally, if it is by air (highest priced) or by cheaper bus. Speaking of money, usually you get your best return when you exchange money in the country you visit. In Thailand, for instance, when you change your money over you will get more in return in Thailand than in your own country. For Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam you can also use bring some American dollars if you want but you will still need local currency too. Don't leave these communist countries with their currency, too hard to get rid of it in a different country - spend it down or change it back to dollars or something more useful.

Plan now on how you will take cash with you. I have two credit union accounts which I use debit cards with. These debit cards are with MasterCard and Visa affiliations. When I am overseas I take money out of ATM's and these credit unions pay for my ATM fees. Some smaller towns may not have ATM's. (Thailand is real good for ATM withdrawals.) I opened these accounts up for overseas travel. I can move money from my bank account to these credit union accounts if I need more money on my trips. Credit card fees can be pretty high in ATM's overseas. Taking cash works too!

How much you can afford for your trip will determine what type of hotels you stay in and where you end up visiting.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Mar-2009, at 14:25 by karazyal ]

3. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 127 posts) 7y

Hi Ellie

Im in the same boat im planning to travel to south east asia in october 09. Im planning to travel alone so im worried about safety. Ive never travelled for 6mths by myself boo hoo! Ive been to Thailand in 2005 its a great place we travelled by bus and we got a cheap flight ko samui around 35 pounds return. Accommodation various from quality and price - lonely planet guide v good at giving different budgets etc
Im thinking of doing a tour with intrepid around India then doing some voluntary work in cambodia and Loas. Its all excitin but alot to organise. The lonely planet guides are just brill we give you loads of advice and intineries.

good luck with planning :)

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