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Considering extending my trip! Please help me figure this ou

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1. Posted by kandauc (Budding Member 14 posts) 45w

Hi all,

Firstly, I'll say that this is a pretty involved question, so I'll appreciate any and all help. Thanks in advance.

I'm currently planning a solo trip to South East Asia in January. I've only booked flights (all AirAsia) so far. Currently the travel plan is:

17th Jan - Fly Sydney to KL, then sleep in airport :DD
18th Jan - Fly KL to Yangon
23rd Jan - Fly Yangon - Bangkok

I haven't booked any internal flights for this period yet, and the plan was going to be:

Bangkok for a week (+?), train up to Chiang Mai stopping at Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, etc. Check out Chiang Mai/Rai and then fly to Siem Reap, spend some time at Angkor Wat and PP, and then on

19 February - Fly Phnom Penh to KL and then to Bali, where I am meeting up with friends and staying there until March 3rd, then I fly home.

I'd appreciate any input on what I should do on the interior part of the trip-- I haven't really figured out how long I want to spend in each place, and I know that it makes sense to not figure that out, and just see how I like it, but some part of me wants to book hotels, and I'm not really sure what to do.

Furthermore, now I am considering extending my trip. Either forwards or backwards, bringing it forwards might be a bit tough, because I am cutting my Myanmar visa close at the moment (right now I'm waiting for my passport, so I can send in my application) so I might have to do something IN BETWEEN, rather than move everything forward. On the backwards side, I can only move it back 1-1.5 weeks, but that's pretty similar to how long I would move it forward-- I wouldn't want to go too close to the holiday rush period.

So where could / should I go for that period? Somewhere in Malaysia? I was considering going to Laos, Vietnam and China also in this trip, but Vietnam and China atleast seem like they really require their own trip and wouldnt really fit within my restraints. I can virtually fly anywhere in Asia because AirAsia is so cheap / always has sales. They carry a lot of smaller destinations as well.

http://www.airasia.com/ot/en/where-we-fly/route-map.page

Summary:

Please help me figure out how I should spend my time internally (Thailand and Cambodia and ?)
I am considering extending my trip either forwards (flying earlier than Jan 17) or backwards (flying home after March 3rd)
However, It'll be difficult to change the week in Myanmar unless I do major restructuring because I am currently waiting for my passport to arrive so I can apply for the visa, so I'm cutting it a little close.
I could probably only add 1-2 weeks, as forwards that'd be getting real close to the holiday flight period (high prices?), and backwards my uni actually resumes on the 2nd, so I don't want to miss more than a few weeks of it.

Thanks all!

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1763 posts) 45w

Sleep in KL airport? If you have time, and do not have to get a very early flight, do consider a nearby hotel. If you arrive earlier, that will give you time to spend in Malaysia. There is a general accommodation link at the top of the page.

Travelfish will give you some idea of those parts of Asia:

http://www.travelfish.org/

If you want another place to visit, you could try Hong Kong or Singapore. Or Laos if you want more "third world". I would say Japan, but that too deserves a long visit.

You are going in High Season, so do book some accommodation before arrival as places do fill up that time of year.

Bangkok and Bali, do watch out for pick pockets.

3. Posted by kandauc (Budding Member 14 posts) 45w

I have been to Japan three times now, and I'm planning on going again, but not this time. I'm looking for cheaper places.

4. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member 306 posts) 45w

AirAsia have a Tune budget hotel about ten minutes walk from the LCC terminal, dirt cheap and basic but vastly better than sleeping in that terminal.

If AA still do the KLIA-Taipei route, I'd recommend a few days there.

5. Posted by kandauc (Budding Member 14 posts) 45w

Why do you recommend Taiwan?

6. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member 306 posts) 45w

Taiwan is a lot different to the other destinations on your trip, and I think it's interesting and stimulating - as well as its own culture and sights you have the whole China schism thing.

You said cheap, it's much cheaper than Japan but maybe not in the same league as your other destinations so maybe not for you, though a short stay doesn't add up to much.

Taipei as a base lets you see the best of the country.

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1306 posts) 45w

I'm looking for cheaper places.

Thailand, Laos and Cambodia will be cheaper than Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea and Hong Kong. Japanese and Koreans visit Thailand for cheaper holidays.

Do some research on visa requirements.