Hi, I want to begin a year of backpacking in early July. As I'm in Aus, I thought a good cheap to start would be SE Asia (only a short flight from Aus). I am concious, however, that there is monsoons and the weather can be really uncomfortable this time of year. Does anyone have any suggestions as to were I should start (i.e. somewhere that won;t be to uncomfortable). I really want to begin somewhere cheap, as I am worried that in the first month I will be blow a fair bit of cash (until learn the tricks of the trade and find my feet in backpacker land).
I thought of starting in Thailand as its so cheap and supposably a good place for first time backpackers. I've heard the monsoon is different for each side of Thailand, and that in July, there is no monsoon on the East coast (just the west). Is this true or is it still to uncomfortably humid and hot all over Thailand in July?
Another possiblity I heard of is Nepal, again not to expensive and above the monsoon rains. Does anyone recomend starting in Nepal?
I also really wanted to see Angkor before I moved to another continent. How long would I need to hang around SE Asia before Angkor became accesable and the weather bearable?
There anre many other options, of course, like Indonesia, India, China (and probably others I haven;t thought of) or even another continent to begin with.
Thoughts, comments, suggestions; all are welcome from this excited yet innexpreienced traveller.
Im Emma and me and my mate Helen are going to be travelling around S.E Asia in July also!!!!We are starting in Singapore, moving up through Malaysia, into Thailand, followed by a short trip across so Angkor, then fly down to Bali and East Java!!!!drop me a line, be cool to exchange travel ideas and plans!!!!
I do not think you should be so affraid of monsoons.
Last year I was in Vietnam in July and August - and it was really fantastic. It is a fact that there is not a lot of direct sun - but it also has not been raining really a lot. And when it does rain it is not really a problem - sometimes it actually feels good. So if you do not mind getting a little wett here and then Vietnam is really a great place to see.
Apart from that people are really great in Vietnam and everything is cheap. I am planning to travel somewhere this year - I was thinking of some other continent, but because Vietnam was so great I started reconsidering to visit Asia again and maybe visit also Vietnam for a few days.
If you have any further question just write it.
Hi, I'm also going to be travelling around SE Asia in June & July - starting in Bali, Lombok & Gili Islands then onto Sulawesi and Borneo and finishing in Thailand.
Drop me a line if you're going to be in the same area - it's my first time travelling alone and would love to hear from anyone with tips for surviving!!!!!!
I travelled Thailand and Cambodia in July/Aug and monsoon - esp for Cambodia - means pissing down extreme rain for about 2 hrs every afternoon. It's not raining all day every day, it will just amaze you when it does rain that it can rain SO much.
Other than that, it is hot and humid (unbearable depends on different people). But I managed to visit Angkor on a dry day and honestly it was soooo hot at Angkor that the rain probably would have been appreciated.
You shouldn't worry too much about the weather - Thailand is just plain hot and the east coast/gulf islands will be fine during the summer months that you plan to be there.
I found that at least 1.5 weeks are necessary for Cambodia, maybe 4 for Thailand depending if you want to go up North.
I'm Leo. My mate (UK) and I are going to the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan on July 21! We also plan to stay in the island for the "warm up nights" leading to the FMP.
I posted a message previously on this and so far some travellers have replied saying they wish to meet up. I had a cool experience meeting new friends in that manner so if anyone of you have the same rough plan, you are welcome to join us!
Feel free to send me a private message and I'll keep in touch!
Hi Check out Pangkor Island, Malaysia if you're passing by! It's a great place to rest after all the travelling.
Will be with my sister in Malaysia in July. Any advise and trip tips will be more than welcome ! If we can meet somewhere there, it could be nice ! Keep in touch !
Anyone has a good accomodation address for Island Pangkhor ? Island Kapas ?
Any good tours to Taman Negara National Park ? I've heard that it's quite difficult to move over there without ? Is that true ?
you shouldn't bother much with monsoon - even when rains it's still very hot.
The last year the wet season in Thailand came only at the end of August.