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3 months in SEAsia. Itinerary ideas?

  • diabololiam

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    Location United Kingdom
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    Hi I'm 27, from London.
    I'm heading to South East Asia in January. On my own, with the hope of meeting people to travel with. If you want to join me, or if you have any ideas or input for my itinerary, speak up. Cheers.
    Here's the itinerary so far:
    Jan 17th – Flight - London toKuala Lumpur (Booked)
    18th – Get to know KL, maybe go to Penang ?
    22nd – Thaipusam – Batu Caves
    24th – Flight - KL to Hanoi (Booked)
    26th – Hanoi to Halong Bay
    29th – Train to Hue
    31st – Danang
    Feb 2nd – Hoi An for Tet
    6th – Hoi An to Bo/Y bordercrossing into Laos (this possible?)
    7th – Attapeu to Champasak
    8th – 4000 Islands
    14th – Bus to Stung Treng andlater Kratie(Mountain Biking/Kayaking?)
    18th – Kompong Cham and on to Phnom Penh
    196h - Siem Reap and Angkor
    23rd – Back to Phnom Penh
    24th – Flight - Phnom Penh to KL (Booked)
    25th and 26th – NotSure!
    27th – Flight - KL to Yangon (Booked)
    28th – Train to Mandalay (maybe)
    March 3rd - Boat to Bagan?
    6th – Bus to Kalaw
    8th – Trek to Inle Lake?
    13th – Back to Yangon
    15th – Flight - Yangon to KL (Booked)
    16th – Penang or Taman Negara NPmaybe?
    22nd – Flight - KL to Kuching (Booked)
    25th – Flight - KL to Mulu (Booked)
    26th – Pinnacles Trek and Caves(Booked)
    29th – Flight - Mulu to Kuching (Booked)
    30th – Bako NP, Beaches, otherstuff?!
    April 6th – Flight - Kuching to KotaKinabalu (Booked)
    7th – Flight - KK to Sandakan (Booked)
    8th – Treks with Uncle Tan’s (Booked)
    10th – Bus to Semporna
    11th – Advanced Diver coursewith Scuba Junkies (Booked)
    13th – Dive Mabul and Sipadan(Booked)
    16th – Flight - Tawau to KL (Booked)
    17th – Flight - KL to London (Booked)
    18th – A nice cup of tea!

    I look forward to hearing any input people have.
    Dates are mainly just rough ideas (apart from the booked dates of course).
    I need to work on Burma and Cambodia a bit more, and any suggestions for more relaxing, beachy things would be great - as its so far pretty hectic! Also, any less touristy ideas would be nice.
    Thanks in advance,

    #1 Posted: 15/11/2010 - 03:54

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  • diabololiam

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    Just to clarify - I won't be totally sticking to this itinerary - its just nice to have things in mind, that i could do if I wanted.
    Flights we're all very cheap, (between £5 and £20 each) so it won't break the bank if i miss one or two. I should be able to get another one....
    I've booked quite a few things in Borneo because it seemed necessary to make sure they don't get booked up. And I haven't actually paid for them either - so I can still skip them...

    Thanks for listening!

    #2 Posted: 15/11/2010 - 04:22

  • busylizzy

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    Hi Liam - I am at work at the moment so don't have time to have a good look at your fairly comprehensive itinerary, but there are two things that strike me:

    1. Even though you are going for a decent amount of time, you are trying to cover off a massive area. Vietnam and Laos in particular struck me as being very rushed, it not impossible.

    2. Many of the items have 'booked' next to them - primarily in Malaysia. I would be wary of committing to too many other arrangements (travel, accom, tours) as this takes away all prospect of flexibility. One of the things that happens once you actually land in SEA is that you will want to change your mind: stay longer in a place that you fall in love with or skip over a place in preference for some other 'must see' destination that a traveller you just met told you about.

    I'm sure many others will comment soon, and I will try to remember to come back for a more detailed look. But that's my two cents worth at this stage.

    #3 Posted: 15/11/2010 - 04:24

  • diabololiam

    Joined Travelfish
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    True. Those two are a bit rushed. If I really enjoy Vietnam, I may stay there and miss out Laos - which was a bit more of an afterthought - Si Phan Don Just looked really nice.
    Or I may choose to head out of vietnam after just a few days - travelling around Tet could be a bit annoying anyway.
    As i said, its mainly just ideas that I'm throwing around - I doubt I'll stick to everything in this itinerary, but it's nice to list stuff that I would at least like to do...

    And in terms of bookings - i have paid for the flights, but all the others I can pull out of whenever I like, its just to guarantee that if i go to those places - there's more chance i can do the things i want to do...
    Thanks Lizzy, I look forward to more. : )

    #4 Posted: 15/11/2010 - 05:13

  • busylizzy

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    Sorry Liam - I missed your 2nd post earlier about the bookings. That's what happens when you read things in a hurry when you are supposed to be working!

    #5 Posted: 15/11/2010 - 06:50

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