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12 Months in SEA/Aus - Itinerary nearly done - what do you think?

  • StephenCB

    Joined Travelfish
    30th September, 2012
    Posts: 1

    Hi all,
    Planning a 1 year trip to Southeast Asia/Aus next year! 6 year old dream coming together :)

    Spent the last few weeks reading through all the great advice in these forums.
    Check out my rough itinerary below. I don't plan to stick to this religiously though it's my rough guide before I leave. :)

    What do you think? Am I missing anywhere special? Whatabout my timings?

    Quick notes:
    - We’re 2 30 yrs old.
    - Budget of US$4,000 - US$6,000 a month (I expect to save in some regions tomake up for the more expensive areas like Aus/NZ).
    - We’ve decided not to do India/Nepal/Tibet this time round.
    - I haven’t decided if/when we should make space for Fiji, Philippines and SouthKorea
    - I have a 2 month buffer at the end which allows me to move things around as Ineed too.


    TIMELINE:
    Thailand 4 weeks Jan 9 to Feb 6th
    Laos 1-2 weeks Feb7th to Feb 18th
    Vietnam 2 weeks Feb 18th to Mar 4th
    Cambodia 1 week Mar4th to Mar 9th
    New Zealand 4 weeks Mar 10th to Apr 7th
    Aus - NSW 2 weeks Apr 7th to Apr 21st
    Aus - QLD 3 weeks Apr 21st to May 12th
    Aus - NT 1-2 weeks May 12 to May 21st
    Aus - WT 3 weeks May 21st to Jun 11th
    Indonesia 6-8 weeks Jun 11th to July 30th
    Malaysia/Sing 4 weeks Jul 30th to Aug 27th
    China 5 weeks Aug 27th to 1stOct
    Japan 4 weeks Oct 1st to31st Oct
    Buffer 7 weeks Nov 1st to Dec 22nd

    Itinerary
    Thailand - 4 weeks
    Jan 9 to Feb 6th
    Bangkok 3 days
    Koh Chang 3 days
    Kaeng Krachan Nationalpark
    Ko Tao
    Chumphon
    phangam
    Samui
    Phangan
    Phuket
    Koh phi phi
    Krabi
    Koh Kho Khao
    Railay
    Phang Nga
    Koh lante
    Koh Hong or "Room Island"
    Phetchaburi
    hin daeng
    Trang province
    Chang Mai 1 week
    Pai and san kamphaeng -

    Laos 1-2 weeks
    Feb 7th to Feb 18th

    Fly in from Chang mai to Luang Prabang
    LuangPrabang - 4-5 days
    Vang Vieng 3 days
    Vientiane - south 2 days

    Vietnam 2 weeks
    Feb 18th to Mar 4th


    Hanoi -Fly in from Laos 3 days
    Halong Bay 2 days
    Ninh Binh
    Hue 3days
    Hoi An 3days
    Nha Trang 4 days
    Saigon / Ho Chi Min 3 days

    Cambodia 1 week
    Mar 4th to Mar 9th

    PhnomPenh 2 days
    Angkor Wat - Siem Reap 3 days
    Kampot/Kep 1-2 days

    New Zealand - 4 weeks
    Mar 10th to Apr 7th
    Queenstown
    Central Otago
    Christchurch
    Aukland
    Wellington
    Hokitika
    Arrowtown - not necesity
    Fiordland - amazingmountanins etc / take boat tour / HAVE TO GO

    AUSTRALIA 2months
    Sydney/NSW 2 weeks
    Apr 7th to Apr 21st
    Blue Mountains
    Byron Bay hinterland
    Nimbin
    Coastal Grand Pacific Drive
    Mount Warning - forrest
    Yamba
    Coffs Harbour
    Queensland (QLD) 3 weeks
    Apr 21st to May 12th

    Cairns
    Moore, Norman, Hardy,Saxon, and Arlington reefs and Michaelmas and Upolu
    Heron Island
    Wet Tropics Rainforest
    Whitsunday Islands
    Lamington National Park
    Port Douglas
    Lizard Island
    Coral Sea -
    Lady Elliot Island /Rottnest Island /Ningaloo Reef
    Tully River
    Fraser Island
    Northern Territory 2 weeks
    May 12 to May 21st

    Darwin 2days
    Kakadu National Park 3-4 days
    Top End
    Litchfield National Park 1-2 days
    West Australia 3 weeks
    May 21st to Jun 11th

    Kimberley
    The Bibbulmun Track
    Cape-to-Cape
    Perth
    Margaret River
    Bunbury and Rockingham /Monkey Mia
    The Northwest Cape

    Indonesia 6 - 8 weeks
    Jun 11th to July 30th

    Bali 3 weeks
    Ubud
    Kuta
    Seminyak
    Benoa

    Lombok
    Senigigi
    Gili Islands
    Kuta Lombok - amazing beaches /Koeta
    Java 1 week
    Jakarta
    Yogyakarta
    Bromo

    Sumatra
    Kelimutu
    Komodos
    Labuanbajo
    Samosir
    Flores / Komodo etc
    Kelimutu
    Komodos
    Labuanbajo - great underwater

    Sulawesi
    Mamasa/Tana Toraja valleys
    Bunaken National Park
    Lembeh Strait
    Noth
    Lahendong and Leilem
    Torajaland
    Singapore 5 days
    Jul 30th to Aug 6th

    Malaysia 4 weeks
    Aug 6th to Aug 27th

    Kuala Lumpur
    Malacca
    Pedas Hot Springs -
    Taman Negara National Park
    Perhentian, Redang, Tioman
    Cameron Highlands
    Penang
    Langkawi
    Kuala Terengganu
    Perhentian Islands
    Tioman Islands
    Kuantan
    Kota Bharu

    Borneo - Sarawak(west) and Sabah (North) 2 weeks
    Borneo
    Mt Kinabalu - north
    Niah Caves
    Gunung Mulu National Park - Caves
    The Pinnacles - limestone points
    Layang Layang
    Kota Kinabalu!

    Hong Kong 1 week
    Aug 27th to Sep 5th

    China 4 weeks
    Sep 5th to 1st Oct

    Macau
    Shenzhen
    Guangxi
    Guangxi: Guilin - South west - inland & Yangshuo / Dali
    Yunnan
    Kunming
    Yunnan: Lijiang
    Sichuan : Chengdu
    Xi’an, Shaanxi Province / Changan
    Henan / Luòyáng -
    Beijing
    Shanghai / Suzhou
    Japan 4 weeks
    Oct 1st to 31st Oct

    Kanto: Tokyo / Nikko / Yokohama
    Kansai/Kinki: Kyoto / Nara / Nagaya / Kumano Kodo / Osaka
    Hyogo
    Iga Ueno
    Chugoku: Miyajima / Hiroshima
    Hagi
    Shikoku
    Naoshima
    Matsuyama
    Kyushu
    Takachiho
    Kurokawa Onsen
    Nagasaki
    Beppu
    Yufuin
    Yakushima
    7 week buffer

    #1 Posted: 30/9/2012 - 12:12

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