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5 months, best travel route?

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1. Posted by beyall (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Im in need of help!!

im flying to Bangkok on the 1 of october.
At first I had planned to go up north and travel to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.. Then back to Thailand and down south.

But now i have read so many good things about Indonesia as well. Is it to much of a travel to do all these countries or should i go either north or south? (I am flying home from Bangkok as well)

i will have around £4000 as a budget.

Which countries are your favourites?? Please help!!

2. Posted by boozyfloozy_si (Budding Member 40 posts) 5y

Hi there

If you find out a good route, then let me know please!!! I am seriously struggling with a similar dilemma - seen countless times that less is more but there is so much I want to see in SE Asia and struggling to plot a realistic route as the land mass is such, it'll be easy to miss great places out

You going on your own or with a group?

Cheers

Si

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 5y

I loved all of SE Asia and Indonesia is definitely worth visiting but your itinerary would depend on your time frame - how long do you have?

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5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Quoting bex76

I loved all of SE Asia and Indonesia is definitely worth visiting but your itinerary would depend on your time frame - how long do you have?

Bex,
There was a clue in the title. '5 months, best travel route'. I may be wrong, but I will go with 5 months!

'beyall',
You have enough time for all your countries, but I am concerned about your budget. Most spend roughly $1K/month while bumping around SEA. You are right at the minimum needed for a 5 month SEA adventure. You will need to economize the entire trip.

In Cambodia & Laos, you will use buses as the train is not an option. I would use the open tour bus system while in VN. In Thailand you do have a choice between rail & buses. Buses are generally cheaper than rail. Discount airlines might be a good choice between some cities as well.

Now route. I would see BKK, then Northern Thailand. Go into Laos at the Friendship Bridge, visa on arrival. Buy your VN visa while in Vientiane. Into VN, then open tour down to HCMC. Bus from HCMC to PP. My blog covers my bus trip tp PP. Bus or boat up to Siem Reap, bus is cheaper. One long day overland back to BKK after Angkor Wat. If you need more than 15 days in Tland, you will either have to buy a visa while in PP or fly: PNH-BKK.

I would then head south for to the Thai beaches. The Krabi area would be my choice, plenty of beautiful beaches you can day trip. Samui & Phanghan are worth visiting as well. Overnight bus saves 1 nights accommodation and gets you there early am. Best time to find a room. You can fly to Indonesia on Air Asia from Phuket or tour Malaysia & Singapore and fly from SIN.

Good luck with your planning.

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 5y

Quoting vegasmike6

Quoting bex76

I loved all of SE Asia and Indonesia is definitely worth visiting but your itinerary would depend on your time frame - how long do you have?

Bex,
There was a clue in the title. '5 months, best travel route'. I may be wrong, but I will go with 5 months!

Ha, yeah I guess that's a fairly big giveaway! That will teach me to do some work instead of paying sneaking visits to TP throughout the day!

In light of that then, I agree with Mike that you do have enough time for all countries including Indonesia; you can cover the hightlights of Java and Bali in around 2 weeks.

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Becky,
Almost all my mistakes have been while I was in a hurry to: leave the house, get to another task. Or try to do 3 things at once. Post on TP, talk on the phone and eat, all at the same time. No wonder we make mistakes! Oh well, hopefully members will cut us some slack when we screw up!

I hope all is well in NZ. Mike

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Jun-2011, at 10:35 by vegasmike6 ]

8. Posted by williamspencer (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Hi all

Any suggestions for a cheap luggage storage for approx. 30 days anywhere in Kuala Lumpur? We found only lockers at the airport, but they are expensive, RM40 per day...
does anyone know something cheaper???

we're gonna have a big tour of Malaysia and Indonesia before heading off to Turkey for 3 more weeks. so we'll have loads of winter clothes that we won't need...

Thanks in advance!!!

Cheers :-):)

9. Posted by Wanber (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hello Beyall,
I am Wanber living in Austin, Texas. And I would like to suggest you something. You must go to Thailand first. And it has many tourist spots, which have a gravity in them to pull your attentions. One of friends had just got back from Thailand and narrated his tale. He had gone along with his wife to Thailand on his business tour and got a holiday package package from-snip- one of the luxurious lodges located near Chiang Mai. They had been accommodated in that lodge and moved around and had a nice time in that country.
I would like you to be there first and enjoy the peacefulness of those cities.

Edited on 30-Jun-2011, at 04:07 by Wanber

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