I am a 24 year old Female from the UK and am at present preparing for my travelling adventure at the end of this year/beginning of 2011!
I am looking to go from Uk-OZ(Sydney)//Overland to Melbourne and perhaps other places on the east coast//-NewZealand-Singapore//Overland through Malaysia to KL then up to Thailand, starting at Koh Tao to visit friends and perhaps some of the other islands in south Thailand, then up to Bangkok, Then from there over the border to Laos//Overland to Vietnam//Overland to Cambodia then Back to Thailand where I will fly home from.
This is obviously still quite a rough plan, and some of the points where i have said 'overland' may well be using internal cheap flights etc depending on how difficult it is to travel by other means of transport over borders etc!
I have so far been given quotes from STA, roundtheworldflights.com and am waiting for a quote from travelnation.
So far Roundtheworldflights have given me a cheaper quote of £1,150 inc taxes etc whereas STA's quote was around £1,500 inc taxes. These were both for a ticket that goes from UK-OZ-NZ-ASIA-UK.
I am going to be travelling for parts of this trip on my own and will be meeting up with friends and relatives at various points on the way!
If anyone would be so kind as to give me some advice on a few things to ensure i get the most out of this experience then please leave a post, and be honest, you guys will have experienced some of the things I am hoping to do and been to places and cultures that i havent so im counting on you
Firstly- What companies have people used to book tickets and who have they found to be the cheapest/most reliable etc?
-Can anyone give me any advice on travelling overland through SE Asia, train companies,buses. is it better to use cheap internal flights?
- Can anyone, especially females give me some advice on travelling alone, what do i need to watch out for? is it a risky thing to do? etc etc
- What do people think of the route im taking? what should i definatly go and see/avoid?
I am planning to take around £3000 with me, obviously more if i can save this (and i will/may need more on top to purchase internal flights) does this seem a reasonable amount to take with me? I am perfectly happy to do everything on the cheap, i dont need a beautiful hotel when i am on the beaches of Koh Tao!
Any advice, input, qualms, queries whatever people have please get in touch
Travelling in Thailand by bus/train is very simple and quite cheap they have travel shops everywhere where you can get tickets and you can usually bartar with them although you are looking at 15 to 20 hour bus rides! which isn't to bad if you opt for the over night buses which also saves u money on accomodation for a night!
If you go striaght to Koh Tao you will miss out on Phuket n the unbelievable Phi Phi Island where Maya Bay is which is unbelievable.
If you are travelling alone i would definatly avoid the Full Moon party on Koh Phangnan unless you meet some trustworthy travel companions whilst you are there because it is definately not safe for you to be there at that time on your own.
Overall Thailand is not as dangerous as it is made out to be for travellers the people are generally friendly i would just advise not to put too much trust into people you dont no and dont go out at night drinking if you are going to be going back to your accomodation alone - just the usual female safety applies really!
Thailand is an unbelievably beautiful country u will have the time of your life! i am going on a RTW trip starting on the 21st June and will probably be in South East Asia May/June 2011 and i have to say i am really excited about that part of the trip!
h yeh and by the way i got my ticket from STA we are going Manc - Brazil, Santiago - Buenos Aires - Auckland, Christchurch - Sydney - Singapore, Bangkok - Manc they quoted us 1700 pounds but then they offered us one called a blue ticket which is 1300 pounds it is brilliant as well as you can change your flights for just 35 pounds at anytime during your trip.
I also no alot of people who have used STA and so i would recommend them :-D
I would advise looking at Round The World Experts or Flight Centre (underwritten by the same people). me and my girlfriend have just booked our round the world
UK-Bangkok-OZ-NZ-Santiago (overland to Argentina)-UK
This includes free date changes and was £1588 leaving in september...They also have a free butler service which means all you have to do is email them with what date changes you want and they will sort them for you saving time and money with airlines!...
We've just booked our round the world flights with STA for £1600, route: UK - Bangkok - Oz - NZ - Santiago overland Rio - UK. We had heard a lot of good reports about STA so we thought it was pretty safe going with them.
We were originally going to go with roundtheworldflights.com as the e-mail quote they gave us was better than STA but then when we called up to book, there was a lot more tax added on than they told us in the e-mail quote.
I've also heard good reports about flight centre and trailfinders also so maybe worth giving them a try!