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Very rough / initial plans for 6 months in SE asia

  • bd7391

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    Hi, I'm planning to travel solo in southeast Asia for around 6 months from the middle of January. I don't want to have a strict plan but just have a rough idea of when I'll be in each country to make the most of the weather, and also want to travel over land for as much as possible.

    1. Fly into Bangkok around 10th January and travel Thailand (north of the "islands") for around 3 weeks
    2. Over land to Laos by around 5th February and spend February in Laos
    3. Spend March in Cambodia
    4. Spend April heading North through Vietnam
    5. Fly to Bali with a stop off in Singapore for a couple of days (just for a quick taster of Singapore on a shoestring budget!)
    6. Spend 6 weeks to 2 months travelling backwards through Indonesia (Java first to avoid the July peak season)
    7. Spend the final few weeks in southern Thailand.

    How does this sound as far as weather etc goes?
    And any initial concerns?


    #1 Posted: 15/10/2012 - 14:16

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  • caseyprich

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    Sounds good.

    Of note, I've not been in Java during August but was told that is more a peak season than July. A little confused about flying into Bali and then working backwards through Indonesia starting in Java - as in Banyuwangi up to Sumatra?

    #2 Posted: 15/10/2012 - 18:21

  • mcshapir

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    That sounds similar to what I am doing in January also. We are flying to Bangkok and then wanting to go to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and then back down through Thailand and Malaysia to Indonesia. After Indonesia we will head to India for awhile. I am trying to determine the best place to fit in Burma and the Philippines based on the monsoon seasons. I think we may head to Burma sometime in February after we spend some time in Thailand. Our trip length is around one year. Safe travels!

    #3 Posted: 15/10/2012 - 20:06

  • bethholby

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    Hi there, My partner and i are also doing a similar 6 month trip starting mid Jan. We are starting in Malaysia, Singapore, then heading to the South of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and finishing up in northern Thailand. Weather will be on and off but cant be avoided. Has anyone done/or is doing a similar trip and has an idea of a budget? daily or overall? any feedback would be appreciated.

    #4 Posted: 15/10/2012 - 20:18

  • bd7391

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    whoops, i meant back through indonesia from bali not java! Thanks for the words of confidence, now to keep working overtime and saving!

    #5 Posted: 16/10/2012 - 01:17

  • naiduss

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    21st October, 2012
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    My ticket is officially booked and I couldn't be more excited! I have
    a bucketlist of places I'd like to see and I'm scheduled to depart
    January 15 -June 10. I was fortunate enough to snag a 3 day stopover
    in Tokyo on my way, before landing in Bangkok which will be my base
    for the duration of the 6 months as I have some family there. Last
    time I was in Thailand we visited Bangkok and did all the temples,
    Chatuchuk market,Khao San, then we snorkeled in Koh Tao, and full moon
    in Koh Phangnan. This time I plan to explore more of the country and
    would love suggestions for things to do, sights to see- keeping in
    mind I am a female traveling solo.I plan to stay in hostels and
    hopefully network and make some travel buddies.So far I've been
    looking on which came recommended to me and it seems
    user friendly and reputable. After settling into Bangkok I plan on
    flying to India and spending a month there with other friends and
    family, as well as touring a few neighbouring provinces before
    returning to Thailand the first week of March. I'm hoping to
    volunteer, ideally in an organization affiliated with social work and
    addictions but I'm open to anything non-profit with little-no fees.
    They do exist; one in Nong Khai named Isara, and another in various
    places including Chang Rai named Camillian. So far I haven't had much
    luck finding any other organizations that don't have high volunteer
    fees. I am also open to Teaching or Medical Care provided the
    volunteers are trained-suggestions? I'd like to spend about a month
    backpacking through Laos,Vietnam and Cambodia before once again
    returning to Bangkok where I will be joined by my best friend, another
    female traveler. We are hoping to head south to Koh Tao for our Padi
    course/Full Moon then onto Indonesia and the Philippines. We estimate
    to have 3 weeks of travel and are open to any/all suggestions for that
    itinerary as well as routes/modes of travel to get between the 3 countries.
    Let me know what you think! I've booked my appointment to go to the
    travel clinic at the end of this month. Also for a budget, does 10 000
    CAD seem reasonable?

    Talk soon!

    #6 Posted: 21/10/2012 - 09:04

  • wfvarn

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    naidus, i'd be very interested to know what u find in volunteering with something pertaining to addiction. please let me know if you come across anything.

    #7 Posted: 21/10/2012 - 22:15

  • mariajames

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    Afterwards Indonesia we will arch to India for awhile. I am aggravating to actuate the best abode to fit in Burma and the Philippines based on the cloudburst seasons. I anticipate we may arch to Burma ancient in February afterwards we absorb some time in Thailand.

    #8 Posted: 9/11/2012 - 09:37

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