Hello all -
Bit of a ramble to contextualise our trip: I'm a 23 year old woman from London, and along with my boyfriend, we'll be backpacking Asia for a few months from April this year. The original plan was to do a trek in Nepal and then visit India, but we've had it convincingly pointed out to us that May/June/July will be an awful time of year to visit India, for the heat. (At the very beginning of our planning, we were intending to be out there right now, but work commitments have forced the trip back).
As a result, we're suddenly now back to the drawing board. We are still going to be doing a trek in Nepal in April, as this is booked, but we're now considering SE Asia to follow.
Money is unfortunately not limitless - I will probably be looking to take around £6000 for the whole thing. The flight to Kathmandu is already booked and we have paid the deposit for the trek which, once we've fully paid, is going to total around £800 each. So, I personally will be looking at £5200 ish for the remainder of the journey. We're hoping to be away for as long as possible, but realistically, we'll probably be heading home in late July/mid-August.
Knowing that the summer is not the best time to visit SE Asia, however, I'm at a bit of a loss as to where to start with planning a new route. We want to avoid retracing steps as much as possible, but also want to work with the weather patterns to make the best of it. I've heard Malaysia and Indonesia are both good at that time (and we can fly direct from Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur), but we are very keen to see Cambodia, Vietnam and, of course, Thailand.
I know that's probably a LOT of countries for only a 3 to 4 month trip, so I'm keen to hear peoples' opinions regarding what would be a good route from May-August, particularly regarding what the weather is like in Thailand & Cambodia over that period. We can always save to come back to see countries we might miss, though it'll probably not be for as long a travel period again!
Also, I know Thailand and Cambodia are theoretically relatively cheap for backpackers (which is how we'll be travelling) but does anyone know how Malaysia and Indonesia might fare in comparison?
Many thanks for any input!