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Rough Six Month Itenerary: Thoughts, advice?

  • kbs84

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    I'm a 26 year old from Austin, Tx who is a little sick of the 8-5 cubicle life. I'm planning to get out of here mid-july with hopefully about 15k usd for a 6 month trip. This will be my first time taking a major solo trip so any advice is appreciated. Here is what I'm thinking right now:

    Maui, Hawaii- 3 weeks where I will stay with a friend
    china- 6 weeks, shanghai, yangshuo, dali
    Hanoi and Halong- 2 weeks
    Hoi An/ Hue- 1 week
    Nha Trang- 1 week
    Ho Chi Minh City- 2 weeks
    Cambodia Phnom Pehn/Siem Reap- 1 week
    Bangkok- 1 week
    Vientiane- 1 week
    Luang Prabang- 2 weeks
    Chiang Mai - 2 weeks
    Phuket/Thai Islands- 2 weeks
    Ubud/ Kuta- 2 weeks

    For the most part I just want to relax and experience as much as possible. I like to have a good time but I'm not too picky, so I figure I should double most of the budget number I see. I've done a fair amount of research so I feel that I have a good idea of where I want to go.

    At $50 a day, 1k for travel, 3k for flights, and 2k for miscellaneous(visas, insurance, vaccines, etc.), I figure I should be comfortable for a nice 6 month adventure. With all of the knowledgeable and experienced travellers on this board, does this plan look ok? Do you see anything unreasonable here? Any suggestions or advice that could be helpful?

    Keith from Austin

    #1 Posted: 13/4/2011 - 01:52

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  • Rasheeed

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    I like the pacing. Nice and slow.

    The only thing I got is if you don't want to go to Cambodia, no biggie. I think it's awesome. If you are going to spend only 1 week, pace it like the rest of your trip. Spend it all in the Siem Reap area. Don't start rushing just to see PP. Or spend 2 weeks or more...

    And the Bangkok-Vientiane-LP-CM-Southern Thai section seems funky. Why not go into Lao through Cambodia and catch bangkok on the way down? I know that would mean more time in Cambodia. Sorry to make you do it...


    #2 Posted: 13/4/2011 - 11:15

  • Thomas922

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    1st July, 2007
    Location Global Village
    Posts: 346

    Yeah I was a little surprised at the Bkk placing but the trip looks fine. You money seems good. You will know after you are on the ground. Hawaii and Shanghai are gonna be where you need to watch your cash.....

    #3 Posted: 13/4/2011 - 12:39


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    I would do it differently, moving slowly from smaller cities and towns and covering FAR fewer countries. But I'm not you.

    #4 Posted: 13/4/2011 - 18:23

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