1st time SE Asia??

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1. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

So far I have planned a trip from Cairo to Cape Town, followed by a short stay in Madagascar and I am wondering where to go from there.
It appears that SE Asia is really popular at the moment, so, I am wondering.
Is it feasable to get from East or South Africa to Asia?
Where would be the best places to visit for a first timer?
Would I need to get visas befoe I leave UK?
Goodness, any advise would be great!
I quite fancy Borneo or even Papua New Guinea, or is that a bit ambitious? Budget is limited, but not too tight. Should have roughly £5k left when I reach Cape Town, so that will have to do flights as well.
Another option I was thinking would be:
Thailand, Burma, India, Nepal,Pakistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, then home through Europe.
Any views???

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

South African Airlines fly direct to Bangkok . . .

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The easiest place to visit would be Thailand. Its a well travelled place with thousands of travellers on any given day beginning their journeys abroad. Bangkok is a major airline hub and so I'm sure you can easily get flights.
Once you are there you have limitless options. You can spend a couple months doing a loop to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, or head down South to the beaches, Malaysia, and into Indonesia. You don't need a visa to fly into Thailand, and you can easily arrange all the ones you do need in Bangkok.
5000 pounds is also enough to last most travellers a good 10 months to a year in South East Asia, or even more in India if you choose to go there.

Doing an overland back home from Asia is also a popular option, though be forewarned that you absolutley cannot go overland between Thailand and Myanmar, nor Myanmar and India. Its flying only. However, you can get to India via China/Tibet which can be easily reached via Vietnam or Laos.

4. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Wow!! Thanks for that! Better get planning!!!