I'm in need of some advice on where to go on my next backpacking trip. And what better place to go than this forum I guess.
I've seen a lot of SE Asia so far. Two months in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodja; Two months in South-China (Hong Kong to Dali) and Indonesia (Java, Bali & Lombok). In april of this year I did another three/four weeks in Thailand and Vietnam.
I'm really in love with the vibe over there. On my last trip I returned to some of the places I went before and I thought that was a lot less exciting. Still a lot of fun, but the surprise factor wasn't there. So I'm looking for something new!
For my next trip I'm travelling solo for the first time. I'm planning to go for three to four weeks in november/december of this year. What destinations can you guys recommend?
I'm still on a budget, so I'm looking for a place not that expensive to travel to (like Bangkok or Hong Kong). My starting point is Amsterdam. Since I'm travelling alone, I'm planning to stay in typical backpacker hostels. The ones with a place to hang out. Pooltable. Bar. Usually great to meet people. I've noticed that this differs per country. In Thailand and China you have a lot of those, where in Vietnam and Indonesia the hostels rarely have a communal space.
While backpacking I love to visit towns, jungle or a beautiful beach during the day. I love to rent a motorbike to get around. Going on a jungle trip of some kind for a few days is something I really like as well. At night I like to meet people and go for a drink or a party. Not Kuta, Bali, style by the way. More like Koh Chang or Hoi An.
I hope you guys can help me out! I'm open to everything. Central America or South-America has crossed my mind. Though other destinations in Asia would be great as well.
Thanks a lot.
Personally, after spending so much time in SE Asia I'd be giving the Latin side of things a try... Central/South America.
I'd also suggest breaking out of the usual hostel scene and getting off the beaten path a bit, away from the predictable backpacker crowd. With your travel experience it shouldn't be intimidating to check out interesting stuff that's slightly removed from the well trodden Gringo Trail.
I suggest Turkey and the Republic of Georgia. You could start in Istanbul and end up in Tbilisi. While Istanbul is on the pricey side, by the time you cross into Asian Turkey, you will notice prices drop considerably. Transport is excellent and the people extremely friendly. My favorite was Tbilisi.
What am I thinking - you wanted SE Asia, sorry! Maybe Burma?
Daawgon, read the end of the OP... he's open to anything, not just SE Asia...
Russia is a fun place to explore- and not that expensive. St. Petersburg is amazing, with it's canals and palaces, and Moscow (Red Square, the Kremlin) is a must-see. Lake Baikal, in Siberia, is one of the world's largest lakes, and really feels like no place else on Earth. If you go, stay at a homestay on Olkhon Island. It's a little primitive, with a banya (sauna) instead of a shower, and cows wandering down the village streets. But that's part of the charm, of course.
Getting a visa to Russia is a pain in the arse, but don't let that dissuade you. It's well worth it.
if you plan to visit SE Asia, Boracay Island in the Philippines is highly recommended. Apart from its great resort & hotel accommodations, there are lots of activities you can enjoy... windsurfing, parasailing, marine walk, etc. I'm thinking of visiting the island this Nov 30-Dec 1. Let me know.
[ Edit: Edited on 01-Oct-2012, at 23:04 by anthonydejesus ]
Thanks a lot for the tips so far guys! Gives me stuff to think about
Have you tried visiting the Philippines? Lots of great beaches there with white powdery sun, clear, turquoise water and friendly people.
If you love beaches, then I suggest that you go to:
1. Caramoan Island in Cam Sur (where The Survivor Series took place)
2. Boracay in Caticlan
3. The Pearl Farm in Davao
4. Amanpulo in Palawan
5. Misimis Bay in Albay
...and the list goes on - tons of water activities can be done at those places and world class accommodations are available and affordable.
But if you would like to go sightseeing and explore the richness and culture of the country (other than relaxing on the beach), you can always visit
4. Metro Manila
[ Edit: Edited on 06-Oct-2012, at 12:11 by luvtravelin ]