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Itinerary Ideas SE Asia May-August 2014

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1. Posted by ladylish (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

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! :)

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3. Posted by offonadventures (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


I left London in September to go India, and Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia and currently I am in Indonesia,

I have put loads of tuff about my trip up on my blog, so tips, advice, where to go. Hopefully you might find bits that help.

Have a look and let me know. Would love to hear. And if you have any questions ask and I can help.

I was in your position and was so confused.


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4. Posted by adalaine.lia05 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Kuala lumpur, thailand, vietnam, indonesia and philippines are nice places to visit :) Backpacking is nice but I guess you can try couchsurfing, since it helps a lot, not just for free accomodation but great tips from locals.

Its a great help aside from reading forums :). Coz most of the people who will gave you tips are those who been traveled there or living on the place you want to go.

They can help you how to save on tours, what to do and not to do.. Where and what to eat:) and if your lucky enough, maybe they can host you and tour around :).

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Feb-2014, at 21:20 by adalaine.lia05 ]

5. Posted by nganhafdt90 (Inactive 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Vietnam - Cambodia-Laos - Thailand - Singapore - Malaysia, In Vietnam, there are many famous sights: Sai Gon, Cu Chi Tunnel, Mekong Delta, Dalat, Da Nang, My Son Sanctuary, Hoian, Hue, Phong Nha Cave, Thien Duong Cave, Ha Noi, Tam Coc Bich Dong, Ha Long Bay, Sapa,...and many beautiful beach: Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Con Dao. Travel costs in Vietnam are cheap, you can spend a lot of time and comfort with expected budget.
Have a good trip!

6. Posted by Auxuris (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Currently you'll want to avoid the haze though. Its pretty strong around Indonesia so you'll need to check the PSI levels of different parts of the SEA region to see if they are affected, otherwise outdoor activities will be rendered extremely uncomfortable.

Also, do visit Singapore! ^^ Though tourist prices are quite high, the culture is more than worth it.

7. Posted by francispereira (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hey do visit India.. Specially to Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand so that u will not face the heat. Then u can also plan to visit Agra for Taj Mahal......