I'm going to be spending a few months backpacking around Asia this year and I have no idea how to go about planning my trip so I'm pretty desperate for advice.
I'm flying in to the Philippines in October and will spend about a month there with my family, and will eventually return there at an undetermined date to fly back to the US. I plan to spend 4-7 days with a friend in Singapore, and I may stay with a friend in Hong Kong as well. Apart from that I have a long list of places I'd potentially like to visit: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Macau, Taiwan, Beijing and/or Shanghai, South Korea and Japan.
I would be extremely grateful for advice on how much time to allow for each place (if I missed any other must see places in the vicinity feel free to mention them) and how to travel and stay as cheaply as possible.
Thank you in advance!
Oops I didn't mean to post this here, is there any way to change which forum this is posted to?
wonder why you left India out?
I would love to go to India but I think India+Nepal will be a separate trip since I know I want to spend a lot of time there.
If you need help in this part of the world, do check me up. Should be more than glad to advice and help.
Josy, with all due respect wanting to know everything about how to travel to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Macau, Taiwan, Beijing and/or Shanghai, South Korea and Japan is WAY too general a query.
You have to take some responsibility here and do some general research on your own, then come back with more specific questions.
Start by checking out the embassy websites of the countries you're interested in and confirm what is/isn't necessary for Visas. Buy some guide books. Google is your new best friend. Etc.
Have fun with your research.
kollasc- Thank you I appreciate it! I definitely will.
Terry- Thanks for responding!
What I was trying to ask is for recommendations on how long to stay in each place and what kind of budget I can get away with in order to narrow down my list and establish a basic timeline. I know that's still a huge question and that I'm probably coming at it the wrong way (ie. that I should research what I want to do first and use that to decide how much time I need and should expect to spend) but it seemed less daunting to decide on a timeframe and then choose enough activities to fill it with.
"... What I was trying to ask is for recommendations on how long to stay in each place..."
Josette, honestly, think about what you're asking... you have given no clue whatsoever regarding your nationality, age, interests, likes/dislikes, budget... NOTHING! How in the world can an anonymous stranger on the internet suggest how long for you to stay in each place?!
Do some simple, basic research. There are fabulous guidebooks, travel websites, blogs, etc. to help you decide what to do and how to do it. Once you narrow down what you're interested in accomplishing then there's lots of people here (and on other forums) to help you with the details.