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1. Posted by fullofhope (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hiya Everyone,

I'm wanting to do a solo trip next year, starting in Europe, taking the trans-siberian into asia, then going down asia into australia, then over to the USA and back home to England.

I'll be able to get the money together, but I'm finding it hard to discover anything about the cost of travel in asia, im waning to spend three months there: in china, india, pakistan, nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos. Whats the most cost effective way to travel in these places?

Thankd for reading, have a good day.

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3. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

When you are travelling long distances in China, the best way is by train. It's efficient, safe and relatively comfortable. "Hard sleeper" class is the best deal. You don't want to travel "hard seat" for more than 6 hours (trust me, it IS hard!) and "soft seat" is so expensive, you might as well fly. "Soft sleeper" is slightly better than hard sleeper, but it isn't worth the extra cost. So, hard sleeper is the way to go. (Remember to bring your own toilet paper- there is none on the train!)

Buses in China are not always safe, especially down near the Laos/Vietnam border area. They can also be delayed easily- sometimes for hours- and they range from fairly comfortable to cramped, noisy and smokey.

Around any train station in China you will find lots of cheap hotels. They are NOT the safest, cleanest or quietest, but they are cheap, and convenient. Always negotiate the price, as only chumps pay the price posted on the walls.

Between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Singapore there is a really nice, affordable train. I'd recommend it.

Good luck on your trip!

4. Posted by dnicholson (Full Member 146 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Well, you can apply for a position on cruise ship jobs. its a great way to travel the world and earn money at the same time. It is a nice opportunity to meet new friends on board and learn about their culture in the way. staff on board are given time to travel the land when they are at port like tourists anyways, I mean some of them... this way, your accommodation and meals are also free. but, it wont be traveling freely, it will be working while traveling...