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1. Posted by pennynjon (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

We are hoping to plan a RTW trip for 2010-2011 and currently intend flying into Beijing and the out of Indonesia to Australia.

This would give us 2-3 months to travel from Beijing to Indonesia. Can this be done Overland, i.e. China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia.

Would you advise a flight in the middle or can it be done via train, bus and boat?

All input would be extremely appreciated.

2. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 7y

You can do overland right up to Singapore (mix: train & bus), and then onwards.. to Indonesia by flight. Internally within Indonesia, you can do island hopping by ferry, boats.. btu that would be tedious

3. Posted by m1ket (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

No problems at all see http://www.seat61.com/Map-SEAsia.htm for train details, http://www.seat61.com/China.htm and http://www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Oct-2009, at 07:09 by m1ket ]

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 7y

It's all no problem and it's quite a popular route. You can fly from Singapore, but as far as I know there are also ferries between Malaysia/Singapore and Sumatra if you want to do it all overland. Unless, that is, ferries have been suspended since last time I've been in the area, but maybe someone else can give some more up to date info on that.
My biggest concern is time. I would say with 2 months its impossible to get from Beijing to Indonesia and still enjoy yourself. Sure, it's doable as far as transportation goes, but you won't have much time to do much more than just travel. 3 months would be a bit more comfortable, but still a pretty rushed trip. If you can give yourself 4 months you will have a far better time.

5. Posted by pennynjon (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

Thanks for the replies.
We are still trying to work out how long we will have in each location during our RTW trip. I think we can spend a minimum of 3 months between Beijing and Indonesia.

Has anyone every booked flights while away? We would pre-book landing in Beijing and departing Indonesia but may leave the inbetween flights until we get to Asia. Is this a good idea?