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11. Posted by mattyd212 (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y

Quoting Sander

For Australia, note that you'll be arriving at the start of what up north (Brisbane and further) is the wet season. That's over by March, but if you indeed take Peter's advice to shorten it (which I echo; spend that time in New Zealand instead!) :) then you will run smack into it when following that route. Also, if you're thinking about spending New Years in Sydney: So is everyone else. Book accommodation by May/June if you want someplace decent.

P.s on a second read when you say 'you will run smack into it' are you referring to pretty much moving with the wet season up the sunshine coach and then 'running smack into the wet season' again in NZ?

12. Posted by mattyd212 (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y

Quoting Packbacker26

I just did that SE Asia circuit. Flew into Bangkok, went straight for full moon. Ended up down south (koh Tao, koh phangan, Krabi, koh lanta for a almost a month) koh Tao was my favorite. Then back up to Chiang mai and pai both really nice and the popular spots in north Thailand. Then head into Laos on the slow boat journey (good way to meet loads of people traveling Laos who you will run into off and on as long as your there). From pakse (laos) to Vietnam (hue) down to Saigon. Into Cambodia and back through to Bangkok. (have fun at the poipet border, don't fall for scams and be ready to wait for about 4 hours possibly)
Was my route. Loved it, worked out well

Cheers Packbacker26,

I did Thailand last summer for a month and Koh Tao was my favourite as well, the diving there is incredible! The route you said for Chiang Mai > Laos > Vietnam > Cambodia makes sense. Have you any experience buying motorbikes at north Vietnam driving them down the length of the country and then selling them?

13. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4428 posts) 1y

Quoting mattyd212

P.s on a second read when you say 'you will run smack into it' are you referring to pretty much moving with the wet season up the sunshine coach and then 'running smack into the wet season' again in NZ?

No; I meant that if you cut your time in Australia short (so would stay from mid-December through mid-March), then you'll run right into the wet season when reaching Brisbane going up north. (While if your trip lasted until mid April, then you might be lucky and go up north as the wet season was fading out.)
New Zealand doesn't have a wet season; just the regular four seasons you know.

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15. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member 335 posts) 1y

Personally for a trip so lavish on time I'd be aiming to do NZ a little slower and in more depth. From what people say it's also a bit cheaper than time spent in Aus too.

Some friends did the camper van thing at about the same time we went, the camper hire seemed expensive and we figured out that doing it by hire car + motel or hostel would have been cheaper - and that was against a basic camper with no shower. Depends if you want aspects that a camper brings like being out there early morning in the middle of the scenery.

We spent a month there and it was a quick dash round, without time for so many places (Dunedin, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Stewart Island, Greymouth, Invercargill, ...) and too little time for enough hiking for my tastes. I need to go back for a couple more months!

Contrariwise, three weeks seems a long time for HK, but maybe you've a reason for that. :-)

Andy

16. Posted by Packbacker26 (Budding Member 49 posts) 1y

I personally do not but ran across a few people who did. They all sold em at par with the cost or some made a profit. So factor in gas and it's probably quite cheap.

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