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Is this itinarary realistic or too ambitious?

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1. Posted by jl130787 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Me and 2 friends (all in our early 20s) are planning a trip for about this time next year, and so far we have come up with a rough idea of what where we want to go. We each have a budget of about £3000 ($4653) and have about 2 months +/- a one or two weeks to spend away.

First we'd like to fly from the UK to Cairo, spending about a week travelling in Egypt before flying to Delhi. Once there we want to spend about a week in that area of India, visiting the Taj Mahal and some of the places in Rajasthan. Next we will get a flight to Bangkok. We'd like to spend a few days there, then go to one of the islands like Ko Samui or Ko Phangnan for a few days, then come back to Bangkok. Next we travel by bus to Siem Reap in Cambodia, visiting Angkor Wat, which I guess takes a couple of days. Then we make our way to Saigon, Vietnam, stopping over in Phnom Penh for a night. A couple of days in Saigon, then make our way to Hanoi, stopping at Nha Trang and Hoi An. We'd like to visit Ha Long Bay while in that area aswell. From Hanoi, we then take trains into China changing at Nanning and Guangzhou, then heading to Hong Kong. A few days there, then make our way by train to Beijing (Going to Shanghai if theres time). A few days there, visiting the Great Wall as a day trip. Then we fly to Tokyo, spending less than a week there, as I know it is expensive. Next we either fly back home or go to Australia to work.

After hearing about Vang Vieng in Laos, it sounds like great fun and I would like to somehow fit this into our plan without radically changing it, is that possible? Please give advice as to whether this plan is unrealistic in terms of time or money, and if you think so, please tell me how you would alter it. Keep in mind that we are young and energetic and we don't like to stay in one place too long, and we don't have to see every historical/cultural sight just the big ones. We also like to enjoy the nightlife, so would we need much extra money for that?

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 6y

Your plans really sound just a little too vague to comment on, but I do think cutting it down a bit would be wise. Asia is much larger than you have imagined! The money sounds fine, but your problem might be just too many climate changes. Even the E. Asia part would be ambitious, IMHO.

3. Posted by jl130787 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

I know its big, but i've looked into trains times etc. and we are happy to take overnight sleeper trains whenever possible. I'd rather spend longer than try to cut it down though, because I can't decide which parts to skip, so maybe 3 months would make it easier, but I suppose I would need extra spending money? I realise that doing more flying also saves time, but is it worth the extra money, and missing out on the countryside etc.? By the way, the main focus is on southeast asia, the other places I think we just want to sample rather than spend a long time there and travel properly. Also we want to book things as we go rather than in advance and sticking to a schedule, so that we can be flexible. Forget the Australia part, if we do that it would be outside of the allocated time anyway, hope that makes my question easier to answer!