We are a couple from the UK who sold everything and left the UK Feb 2011. We've been to North and South America and we are now in New Zealand and need to leave in July 2012 when our visa expires. Our funds are reducing and we are looking to fly from NZ to somewhere in SE Asia where hopefully our money will last longer.
We love to experience food, culture, people, temples, landscapes and beaches. Not serious party animals....but enjoys life :-). We are looking to explore Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia - not sure of time limit, it's more about budget.
We've had a quote for a flight from NZ to KL and then back to the UK...eventually (sadly) the cheapest is NZ$1300 each.
A few questions:
1. we know we are likely to hit the rainy season at some point....so should be head south from KL and then back up north?
2. should we just buy a flight to Asia and then book a flight when we are ready to leave?
3. how cheap is it really? we've been to India before and couldn't spend our money - is it similar? How much should we budget for as a couple staying in a cheap double room and eating from street markets and using local transport and maybe the odd massage?
4. Any recommendations of what not to miss and what we should miss would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
That's a fairly good price for NZ to KL to UK. I've been thinking of visiting NZ early next year but so expensive.
I would go to Penang Island. Quite laid back unlike KL, with some nice beaches.
I had a look on hostelbookers and some very cheap rooms there. If you go south to Singapore, it's very expensive to stay there.
See the war museum, butterfly farm, museum and art gallery, etc and have some nice "ais karim" (ice cream).
If you go to Thailand from there, take a cheapo flight (Air Asia) to Bangkok so you get 30 days visa free. It's only 15 days if you go overland.
NZ is quite expensive, especially if you want to participate in lots of activities. We have been picking apples and now kiwi fruit to save some money and are hoping to spend 2-3 weeks exploring the south island before leaving NZ.
Looks like we could get a flight from about £240 each from Bangkok to the UK, so yes the price from NZ via SEA back to the UK is a good deal. At least if we run out of money we've always got a flight home!
We'd like if possible to avoid the worst of the rainy season. Would be nice to have good weather...we seem to have hit lots of places in winter so far. We were thinking of Bali and / or Borneo.
Thanks for the info re a flight into Bangkok.
As to Thailand, it seems that wheather depends more about east or west coast than north/ south. Malaisian part on Borneo is for nature lovers :-) Mountain trekking, rainforest trips, caves etc. If there, it is worth to visit Phroboscis monkey sanctuary- I liked it the most in Malaisian part of the island (didn´t go diving, it is definitely good also). Bali seems a bit more relax-enjoy. In Borneo, Kota Kinabalu center, normal hotel is about 37 EUR. It can be found better price, but the very low price means bugs in room :-( Thai massage in Thai was 200-300 THB (7 EUR). You could eat really cheap if choosing places for locals. Have a nice vacation !
Hey Debs, You mention a flight for 240GBP from Bangkok to the UK... Who's that flying with? (As I'm in a similar boat to you guys, flying from Christchurch to KL next week)
Good luck living on your budget!
Thanks for all the advice and tips so far.
Rory_7 I found a flight with qantas online (with the following disclaimer - After you have completed your booking you will need to visit our office below within two working days for credit card and signature verification. Your ticket will be issued once your credit card has been sighted.) - for 17880 bhat or £340 for 16 March 2013. I did find it with another company but can't remember who as I've searched so many over the past few days.
Good luck with your trip and let us know how you find it there.
Debs. NZ is increasingly expensive with the strong dollar there. It was two and a half to the pound when I was last there and now it's two. I have been looking at flying there from Thailand in January but with the expensive flight and expensive car hire, I think it will be too costly for just a few weeks.