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2 months in asia and I need help!

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1. Posted by Gavin Sims23 (Budding Member 31 posts) 2y

Hi all

Im a 24 year old lad currently travelling around australia. I have been here 6 and a half months but have decided before i return home feb next year I want to see a bit of asia! The storys I have heard sound amazing and i need to see it but im really nervous!! I will be honest I have just blagged it here met great people who have helped me out but when i got here i had no clue what i was doing but its been easy!!

I am planning on going thailand around the 10th maybe 15th of december and travellling around seeing as much as I can for 3-4 weeks. Is 3 weeks enough time or am i better taking the 4? I want to be at the full moon party on new years ever any advice on that? after thailand i would like to travel to vietnam again is 3 weeks enough or do i require 4? What is the best way of travelling around I went in sta yday and they can organise buses has anyone ever done this before?? Im not really evn sure of the main places to stop in both of these countrys as im really struggling with all the names and which has what there!

In the sta guide I also saw a bus that you can jump on and off around thailand, laos and cambodia is this any good has anyone done it? If so how long would you recomend to do this? within 2 months would I also be able to fit vietnam in as well? I dnt want to rush it to much and want to enjoy it but do also want to see as much as I can while im there? what would people who have done any of this before advice be? Where is good to spend christmas in thaland im not to worried if its not like a traditional christmas as tbh I have had a few of them and no doubt will have a few more!!

Am i also better travelling on my own or trying to book a few of these tours sta offer ie 20 days in one place 14 in another has anyone ever done of these organised trips and what are they like? Can anyone give me any advice on how much money I should need in brittish pounds or the Aus dollar.

Sorry If anyone is board but I hope to hear from people that have experianced this sort of thing and no what there doing! Thankyou

Gavin

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1649 posts) 2y

Which guide book have you bought?

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1940 posts) 2y

I would avoid Vietnam from late Jan through most of Feb because of TET - high prices and transport that's very difficult. Maybe the rest of Indochina would be better - I especially like Laos.

(Vietnam before Thailand would be the very best)

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3540 posts) 2y

Gavin,
Johnny gave good advice on VN. I was in HaNoi during Tet one year and it is a tough time to be there. Basically most VN people home to be with family. That means all transport will be packed out a few days before Tet and packed again when it ends. During Tet most of the sightseeing attractions are closed. Many restaurants close as they do not have enough staff. Tet falls on Feb. 9-14 2013. I would try to be in VN before or after Tet.

I think the bus you are thinking about is the open tour bus in VN. It allows you to travel between HCMC & HaNoi or the reverse, hitting cities on the list. Stay a day or a week, get on/off when you choose. Very convenient for travellers. I don't think there is such a system between SEA countries.

Good luck with your planning.

5. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member 860 posts) 2y

Quoting vegasmike6

Gavin,

I think the bus you are thinking about is the open tour bus in VN. It allows you to travel between HCMC & HaNoi or the reverse, hitting cities on the list. Stay a day or a week, get on/off when you choose. Very convenient for travellers. I don't think there is such a system between SEA countries.

Good luck with your planning.

No Mike he is talking about STA the English travel company that is now offering buses in Thailand and Laos with Stray bus.

Gavin, don't waste your money on these kind of over priced buses. Travel in SEA is pretty easy and part of the adventure. The open tour bus that Mike talks about is one of many available in Vietnam. In my opinion it's better to have a rough outline of main areas to visit, then just get settled in your first town of arrival and check out the scene, you'll always meet up with other travelers, and then figure out your route and transport. Every street corner has at least one travel company that can book your bus. After you have talked to other travelers there, you will get feel for what to do and what not.

As far as having enough time. If you had about 20 years you probably still wouldn't have enough time! The answer is, take as much time as you can take and then make the most of it.