I'm planning on travelling through SE Asia at the beginning of April, leaving from Cairns in Oz.
I have around 12 weeks to do it, finishing in Thailand at the end of June.
I'm thinking of starting Indonesia, then going to Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.
Is that too much to fit into 12 weeks and if so, what are the highlights for backpackers?
Where would you suggest are the best places to stop along the route and what sort of a budget is require?
Look forward to hearing from you.
You like heat? (as you are going in the hottest part of the year.)
December onwards is much cooler.
12 weeks should be ample time, depending on how much you want to see in each country.
Try the travelfish site for each country for places to see.
How much? Depends on what kind of lifestyle you want. Basically as much as possible. Singapore is fairly expensive, especially accommodation, but the rest are quite cheap.
You could use travel to Singapore then up through Malaysia to Kuala Lumpur where you can get a cheapish Air Asia flight (KL is their travel hub) to other places.
Thailand is handy for visiting Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Traveling in Vietnam!
Saigon, Cu Chi tunnels, Mekong Delta, Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An, Phong Nha cave & paradise cave (in Quang Binh), Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Sapa are highlights for traveling in Vietnam. I think the budget to travel in Vietnam is so cheap. The transport fee between differents places by train or bus, the hostels for backpackers, and the food,… are really cheap.
I’d say just go with the flow. When I did South-East Asia I met so many great people my plans changed all the time to fit in with what others were doing. It is very cheap, for instance I left a friend in Koh Phangan who had two weeks left before she flew home to England and she had almost no many left. She was living on £5 a day for the week we spent together - £1 on accommodation and £4 on food! Obviously you won’t be sticking to that budget, but it is very easy to get by on very little if you want/need to.
Make sure you have a Chang or two in Thailand in honour of the mighty Toffees!
Thanks for the replies!
Got a set out plan all sorted now.
Heading to the Thai islands first then onto Bangkok for Songkran then across into Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos then back down through Thailand.
There for three months so should be flexible and hopefully will meet some people in the same boat :D