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Itinerary for a new solo-Backpacker

  • Caceres

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    Hi I'm trying to plan my first solo-backpacking trip about 2-3months long ( or as long as money will allow) and would greatly appreciate any advice/info
    I've never been to se Asia but hear its a great place to start solo traveling, I'm looking for this to be more of an cultural experience than a drunken memorie, lol
    Sry about any miss- spelling, I'm very bad at that... Lol


    I'm curious about:
    1) how much the trip would cost ( not including airfare, visa, vaccinations)

    2) how to communicate? (I only speak English)
    3) any good meaty food? ( I'm going to try an eat outside my comfort lv but I'm not bigg on veggies...)
    4) I want to take a boat down the Mekong rv. We're is the best place to do that?

    5) what are some MUST TRY food dishes?
    6) what are some must see places?

    So I'm not sure if this rout even works, but this was my idea


    THAILAND, LAOS, CAMBODIA

    ---THAILAND---
    1)Bangkok-ayutthaya
    2) Ayutthaya-lopburi
    3) lopburi- phitsanulok
    4) phitsanulok- sukhothai
    5) sukhothai- lampang
    6) lampang- nan
    7) nan-Chiang rai
    8 ) Chiang rai- Chiang khong
    9)---LAOS---
    10) pakbeng- Louangphrabang
    11) Louangphrabang- vang vieng
    12) vang vieng- Vientiane
    13) Vientiane- tha khaek
    14) tha khaek- savannakhet
    15) savannakhet- pakse
    16) pakse- don khon
    17)---CAMBODIA---
    18) ban lung-kratie
    19) kratie- kompong Cham
    20) kompong Cham- phnom penh
    21) Phnom Penh- Battambang
    22) Battambang- Siem reap
    23) Siem rep- sisophon
    24) sisophon- poipet
    25) back to Bangkok, Thailand maybe do some island an beach time?
    How does this look? Am I trying to see too much?

    #1 Posted: 31/1/2013 - 17:46

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    That's a very typical route with the exception of skipping Chiang Mai in northern Thailand and you could comfortably cover that in three months.

    1) How much would it cost? Ahhhh difficult to say as it depends on your budget! $40-50 a day would be plenty for a budget trip -- could go lower if you were careful with your money, but you do have quite a bit of travel in there which will fill out your costs a bit.

    2) In most of the tourist centre you'll be fine with English a smile and a willingness to use sign language if need be!

    3) Lots!

    4) The boat trip is covered in the Huay Xai to Luang Prabang portion of your trip.

    5&6) Take a bit of a look through the site -- lots of info to answer these two :)

    Cheers

    #2 Posted: 31/1/2013 - 22:27

  • Rukus

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    28th October, 2011
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    English is good for the tourist areas yes, but if you want a cultural experience toy well be going outside the tourist areas for the most part, and your definition of cultural experience. I always try and pick up and learn language of whatever country I'm in as most of the time I'm off the beaten track. A simple English to (country) dictionary is fine and hand signals as you build your vocabulary.

    #3 Posted: 1/2/2013 - 07:16

  • Caceres

    Joined Travelfish
    16th May, 2012
    Posts: 2

    thank you guys, im going to start working on my sign language. and i must say this forum has helped me plan my trip greatly :)
    any other advice on living like a local/native in SE asia? living like a local is my idea of a great trip/ cultural experience.

    #4 Posted: 1/2/2013 - 18:50

  • Rita_Z

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    31st August, 2011
    Posts: 29

    When do you get to Bangkok? i am looking at pretty much the same route, but also want to see Vietnam then back to Thailand for a few islands. I fly into Bangkok on the 19th April..maybe our dates match?

    #5 Posted: 13/2/2013 - 16:52

  • Rita_Z

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posts: 29

    When do you get to Bangkok? i am looking at pretty much the same route, but also want to see Vietnam then back to Thailand for a few islands. I fly into Bangkok on the 19th April..maybe our dates match?

    #6 Posted: 13/2/2013 - 16:53

  • SeemaSEA2013

    Joined Travelfish
    11th February, 2013
    Posts: 19

    Hey Rita,

    Let me know what your dates are, Im travelling then too

    seema

    #7 Posted: 27/2/2013 - 20:14

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