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short trip... countries/places to cut out or add in?

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1. Posted by jalf (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

My two friends and I want to visit our friend in Perth this summer. We're from ireland and want to visit other places too while we're all the way over the other side of the world.

We went to travel agent and roughly planned 1st stop, 1st week bangkok thailand.
week 2: laos, cambodia, vietnam.
week 3: perth.
week 4: sydney
week 5: new zealand
& max 5days in LA.
All the flights are going to cost us €1241.00 which is fine.
But its the spending money we're worried about. We want to try cut down by one or two weeks or take out any expensive place to stay in.
I know south east asia is going to be cheapest, and probably LA the most expensive.
Our priorities are Perth, LA, Thailand.
Any ideas what countries/places we can cut out or add in instead? I was thinkin sydney but isn't that supposed to be amazing? Anyway personal experiences would really appreciated and also how much money did you need/want?

And also i've been to bangkok before so i know what thats like. But i'm worried my 2 friends aren't going to like vietnam, cambodia and laos. I'm up for anything but i'd rather not go if they're gona complain.
Maybe some of the gorgeous islands like phuket would be better?

All help appreciated thanks!

2. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Quoting jalf

week 2: laos, cambodia, vietnam.

3 countries in a week?

3. Posted by jalf (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

ye i guess... never thought about it like that.
Its just that they're the cheap countries. But anyway think we'll just go to vietnam out of the 3 and then cut out sydney too.

4. Posted by melwurmus (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y

With just 6 weeks I would stick with the priorities and make the most of it. I've never been to Thailand but I'm sure there is loads to explore outside Bangkok, same for Perth. Personally I would rather visit San Diego or Santa Barbara instead of LA if it should be Southern California.

5. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 6y

If you are only going to spend a week in Vietnam, I would maybe just concentrate on one region, otherwise you are going to spend all your time travelling between places, and not actually experiencing them.

Everyone has a different opinion on whether they enjoyed the south or the north most, but personally I enjoyed the north more. With a week you could check out Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa, and that would give you a good taste of city life, the coast and the mountains.

I know Air Asia fly from Bangkok to Hanoi, so that will cut down on travel time too.