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1. Posted by brycemil (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hey Guys,

Im planning a backpacking trip with my girlfriend and we cant decide whether to go to SE asia or Australia. Its our first time overseas and we really dont know what we are getting into. Which spot would be better for first-timers? Australia or SE asia?
THanks

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

read about backpacking in both areas and make your mind yourself. Nothing bad would happen to you if you keep just common sense.

I would suppose SE Asia would be cheaper and nice weather all year round.

3. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

SE Asia ;)

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

SE Asia is cheaper to get to and cheaper when you are there. Whereas Australia is a pretty diverse country, if you travelled around SE Asia you would experience that little bit more (from a cultural point of view). I wouldn't worry too much about any language barrier in SE Asia because everything is pretty easy to do. Going both places has a lot of plus points, i think you have to decide what you want out of a backpacking trip and go for it.

5. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

If you are searching for cultural enrichment, then go to SE Asia for sure. There is so much to see there (I am actually going in April) that with all my research I hope I have enough time to see it all. The monetary part is true, it is incredible how cheap everything is in that part of the world.

6. Posted by charliebub (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Hi,

I agree with the above - SE Asia would probably be the more interesting trip from a cultural point of view. However, backpacking in Australia is soooooooooooooooo easy and ideal for first time travellers. The whole country is pretty much catered towards backpackers - travelling around the country is really simple (just get a coach ticket), the money is easy and they all speak the same language. What more could you want!!!!

I came to Australia for my first travelling experience and am now living here (from the UK originally)!!!!

Whatever you decide though you'll have a great time.

Charlie
:)

7. Posted by brycemil (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Thanks guys,

We've decided to go to SE Asia. We are going to land in bangkok, head north, then work our way down through thailand, through malaysia visit a friend in Singapore then spend the rest of our time in Bali. We are going for 6 months, but we dont leave til september so i have to wait for what seems like FOREVER!
Thanks again,

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting brycemil

Thanks guys,

We've decided to go to SE Asia. We are going to land in bangkok, head north, then work our way down through thailand, through malaysia visit a friend in Singapore then spend the rest of our time in Bali. We are going for 6 months, but we dont leave til september so i have to wait for what seems like FOREVER!
Thanks again,

Thats great Brycemil...I hope the responses were of some assistant to you. Time will fly and September will be here before you know it. I planned my trip to Asia in May of last year so you can imagine how far away it felt at the time. Now, it is almost here!! Good luck with your trip!

9. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Malaysia is in the midst of rainy season! Lucky, we(malaysian) have a cooler weather after months of hot sun!!!

IN se asia, Thailand has the very renowned Royal Palais and many (too many in fact!)Wat all throughtout Thailand..tho Thailand is one of my favourite but update yourself about the political there...the Islamic extremists is having some battle with government in South Thailand..Chiang Mai and Ayuthaya are a must to go!!!!!!!!!!! Cycling along the trees with pinkish flowers is so unforgettable!

If you come to Malaysia, YOU MUST GO TO BORNEO - SABAH and SARAWAK. I still miss my university life there until today the people is so friendly(not all of them, of course) They speak the purest accent of our national language - Malay and it's different compared the accent in Indonesia! Don't forget to learn some traditional dances in Sabah n Sarawak..they have certain periods to celebrate annually festivals - Gawai, Keamatan and many more!!!

Till here...i can't continue...i am so jealous of you!

Lee:)

10. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

For those who wish to know a cool trail follow the Mekong River ( from Thailand) , there's a chinese newspaper "SinchewJitPoh)on every Tuesday reporting the latest condition of 2 dispatched travellers' - they are in Vietnam now. Every Tuesday in Travelling's Corner.

Lee