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1. Posted by aledshiv (Budding Member 30 posts) 5y

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Hi all,

I'm currently organising my second trip to Asia and looking for further information to help me with this. I'm looking to visit Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines but not quite sure of what order would be best to visit each country. Has anyone done this type of trip before and can you suggest how to go about it, where should I start and finish?? I would also be interested in hearing of other travellers experiences of these countries and recommendations of what to see and do, best way to travel around etc. Any help would be appreciated!!

Thanks
Aled

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2420 posts) 5y

Which guide book(s) are you using?

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by aledshiv (Budding Member 30 posts) 5y

I've looked at The Rough Guide as this is what I used when I travelled last time but I'm open to any suggestion really.

Cheers
Aled

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2420 posts) 5y

The reason I asked is because you're asking very general, sweeping questions regarding five complicated and very culturally rich locations so you can't honestly expect anyone to answer your queries with any sort of detailed response.

All your destinations are covered very well in various guidebooks - that's where to start your research so you can develop a general overall feel for the five locations, then come back with specific questions.

Cheers,
Terry

5. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 5y

Hello!

What you can expect:
- Hong Kong: a chinese version of london, with great shopping possibilities in Kowloon (mainland) and impressive skyline and cable car to the top of a hill on the island. It offers also a lot of outdoor opportunities, but these are seldom visited by tourists.
- East Malaysia (not borneo): most tourists travel across the length of west coast (george town, tea fields, etc), down to kuala lumpur, also popular the taman negara national park and rompin and surrounding islands. Most beautiful islands can be found along the shores of West Malaysia (ie Borneo). If you want some off-the-beaten track travel with locals, take the train along the rain forests in the center of the country.
- Singapore: one of the most modern and developed cities in the world. Usually, a tourist spends only one or two days. Visit: "durian", casino area, downtown, china and malay towns. It's six hours on the bus from kuala lumpur.
- Indonesia: too big to talk about it. Popular places include like: bali and java islands. Only jakarta is a bit dodgy.
- Phillippines: haven't been there, but I heard it offers beautiful beaches and splendid mountain sceneries.

Would make sense to travel like HK - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore - Indonesia. I think best connection to the Phillippines will be from Kuala Lumpur.

Singapore and KL are the hubs in the region. Note: if you fly from/to HK, you can also consider flying to Macau, as the two islands are just one or two hours from each other by speed ferry.
Airline services are world class with excellent coverage in south-east asia. Biggest one of the low costs are Air Asia, but there are many-many more that have domestic and regional connections.
See wikipedia for list of low cost airlines in the region: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_low-cost_airlines

Have great journey!

6. Posted by sebelasgal (Budding Member 57 posts) 5y

Hi Aled,

I think you need to read more on that guide book & do searching a bit over internet. There are lots of other websites which can be helpful, especially if you already have a rough itinerary & specific ideas or interests.

I live in Jakarta, Indonesia. You can either enter Indonesia from Malaysia (direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta & other big cities are quite much) or Singapore. Even from Manila, I think Cebu is flying down here directly.
Indonesia is huge & therefore you need to specify your interests as well as islands to visit here.
If you're our first time traveller & like to have a touristic vibe, don't hesitate to enjoy Bali island!

Skip Jakarta for longer time unless you're catching flights from here.

In any ways, we have volcanoes, beaches, cultural sights, way more than you can imagine :)

Glad to help out.
Cheers.

7. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member 216 posts) 5y

"The reason I asked is because you're asking very general, sweeping questions regarding five complicated and very culturally rich locations so you can't honestly expect anyone to answer your queries with any sort of detailed response.

All your destinations are covered very well in various guidebooks - that's where to start your research so you can develop a general overall feel for the five locations, then come back with specific questions.

Cheers,
Terry"

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