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  • journeyinga-
    sia

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    HI All,
    This is my first post and I'm excited to receive advise on my upcoming travels!

    I have quit my job (yay!) in Chiang Mai where I have been living for the past 2 years and now am planing to travel May through June.

    I am thinking about traveling by land to Kunming,China and taking 3 weeks or so doing that. I am then wanting to explore Malaysia and Indonesia for 8 weeks.

    I am looking for destination suggestions, transport advice, budget idea's, visa info and best beaches etc....

    I am on a budget as I am now unemployed! I am happy to travel by public transport, stay in basic accom, and am not really in to the big tourist crowds or party scene.

    Any info on traveling from Chiang mai to Kunming would be helpful too!

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

    #1 Posted: 7/3/2012 - 03:27

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  • caseyprich

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    Well, you can overland from Northern Laos into China fairly easily if you setup your Visa into China before you get to the boarder. 3 weeks is ample time to get to Kunming - there isn't that much to see between Laos and Kunming, a stop in Jinhong will lead you onto a few side trips around xishuangbanna, not necessarily as nice as you'll get in Northern Laos though. If you cross in at Huay Xia maybe take the boat down to Luang Prabang (a not to miss). From there, with the time you have, you could go out to the Jar of Plains and loop back the long way via Sam Nuea and around to Nong Kiaow/Mung Ngoi. From there head up to Luang Nam Tha and Mung Sing and you'll be able move back to the border at Mengla.

    If you like you could probably take a trip down to Vang Vieng and Vientiane then double back to the north as well if you don't like the idea of heading out to Phonsovan. A few years back I took a trip from Kunming and did a loop as the one I outlined above (minus Luang Nam Tha) and it took roughly 3 weeks. Perhaps save some time on your arrival to Kunming to check out the Stone Forest, I haven't, but it looks pretty cool.

    #2 Posted: 7/3/2012 - 07:11

  • journeyinga-
    sia

    Joined Travelfish
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    Thanks Caseyprich!
    This is helpful. I am also curious what the process is to get a visa for china in chiang mai?
    Can anyone offer advise for Malaysia or Indonesia? What should I not miss?

    #3 Posted: 9/3/2012 - 00:58

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