Any suggestions for an extended regional itinerary (6 months) including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos? We are an adventurous family of five planning a trip without time limits at each destination, but would like to leave with a directional itinerary in mind. We hope to do mostly overland travel once in the region, but will probably fly a few long legs. Also open to boat travel. Any suggestions would be great so we avoid backtracking.
#1 Clarkfamily has been a member since 2/9/2011. Posts: 2
Hi there - what an awesome experience for your family!
THere are some excellent suggested itineraries on this site found here: http://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/ that I find invaluable for starting to plan a trip.
They will give you an idea of the typical places that people like to visit, and there is a regional one in there that will give you an idea of how to put it all together. I would start there to get your head around what each country has to offer, what the travel options and distances are like (at the bottom of each page) and go from there.
The other thing that will dictate the overall plan will be weather - you'll want to avoid the worst of the wet weather as you go, and you will want to aim for the cooler climates where you can during Apr/May/Jun. Each country section on this site has info about the weather so again, you should find that useful.
Six months is a fantastic amount of time to do this - you'll have the time and flexibility to meander your way around. The key thing is to not overplan it - but have an overall plan sketched out. I would suggest that you aim for a month per country (which fits in with most visa limits), work out your overall direction, then start finetuning your plans as you go. You just mind find, for example, that you fall in love with Indonesia and want to spend an extra month there. So don't pre-book too many flights, hotels, etc to give yourself maximum flexibility to change your mind.
Great advice from miss lizzy, as always. The only thing I might add to that is to emphasize what she mentioned about visa limits. You'll definitely want to work out the logistics of the required visa for each country, whether you qualify for a free visa, visa on arrival, visa exemption, how far in advance you can arrange them before they expire, how many days they give you in country for each country, etc. etc. etc. Plus, particularly for those visa on arrival countries, you'll want to make sure you've got your required passport photos and the type and amount of cash they expect you to produce when you arrive. It usually isn't a big deal, but when you multiply the visa question by five passports then a little visa logistics planning will go a long way towards a smooth holiday. Have fun!
Thanks for the replies. Had already seen the proposed itineraries, but they do not show a route linking the different countries in the most efficient order. We a re trying to get a handle on which segments we will need to fly to avoid too many long, rough overland distances. If anyone has travelled these countries in a loop, it would be great to hear the path you took.
We're sure to have fun, but with three kids, want to have the route mapped in large terms, but allowing for veering off the path when we wish.
#4 Clarkfamily has been a member since 2/9/2011. Posts: 2