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Train/Bus Travel in Southeast Asia, Cultural Cities

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1. Posted by Erykann23 (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Hello everyone,

I'm planning a trip in 2011 to backpack around asia. I'm interested in really speaking with someone about train/bus travel in SE Asia (Malaysia/Thailand/Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam) also in China and Mongolia, and maybe some other places that I don't yet know about. I really love culturally rich cities and would like to know if anyone has been to any cities they thought were really worth stopping at. I've heard of the main ones but there seem to be other cities off train/bus routes that I'm really curious about so if you've ever travelled like that through SE Asia I would really like to pick your brain.

I'm a female in my 20s, going alone at this point. I don't mind roughing it and have a limited budget.

Also, if you're interested check out my blog to see what I'm doing first -snip-. :) I hope to post more about my plan once I know more about the places I'm looking to visit.

Thanks!

-Erika

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2. Posted by faysie (Budding Member 9 posts) 6y

Hi Erika,

First place to check out is seat61 which will show you all the train routes around SE asia and i found it a great help when in China.

I love travelling by train, its so much more relaxing then by bus!!

3. Posted by marky27 (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Hi ... Just to let you know that bus travel through Asia is so simply, I spent nearly 5 months travelling and took buses pretty much all the time. I never prebooked, just turned up at the bus station and waited for the next bus. They are cheap and easy. Although if you plan to cross a border by bus it might be worth buying your ticket a day or two before you want to leave.

Night buses are even better because obviously you are travelling while you sleep. I never felt unsafe on a bus, although just to make sure I always wrapped my bag strap around my leg.

Enjoy!!

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