Southeast Asia forum

4 months backpacking in South-East Asia

  • Suleika

    Joined Travelfish
    31st May, 2013
    Location Spain
    Posts: 2

    My boyfriend and I are planning a 12-24 month round the world trip to India, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam), China and Australia and are looking for some advice (see full thread at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2313235&messageID=20803511#20803511). We're planning to leave mid Sept. and visit the destinations in the above order, starting with India.

    We're planning to fly into Bangkok from Chennai at the beginning of February 2014 and then explore Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam by overland journeys until end of May 2014, when we want to cross into China from Vietnam.

    Using Travelfish as a guide, I have created the itinerary below, in the approximate order we want to travel (I'm only planning a rough itinerary as we want to stay flexible).
    We're interested in culture, landscapes, wildlife, national parks, cuisine, beaches, some hiking (not trekking), adventures, photography.

    1st & 2nd wk Feb - Southern Thailand: Ko Tao, Ko Pha-Ngan, Ko Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Ko Phi Phi
    3rd & 4th wk Feb - Northern Thailand: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Lampang (Elephant Conservation Centre)
    1st & 2nd wk Mar - Northern Laos: Huay Xai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane
    3rd & 4th wk Mar - Southern Laos: Tha Khaek, Savannakhet, Pakse, Champasak, Si Phan Don/Four Thousand Islands
    Apr - May (4 weeks) - Cambodia: Banlung, Kratie, Sen Monorom (Elephant Valley Project), Phnom Penh, Siem Riep, Battambang, Sihanoukville, Kampot, Kep
    May - Jun (4 weeks) - Vietnam: Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Sapa

    Are there any additions/omissions you would recommend? Any changes to the route?
    Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated - both general travel advice for South-East Asia and specific info about regions, cities, attractions, transport, accommodation etc.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Nicole & Stu

    #1 Posted: 31/5/2013 - 11:08

  • Advertisement

  • antoniamitc-
    hell

    Click here to learn more about antoniamitchell
    Joined Travelfish
    13th May, 2012
    Location United Kingdom
    Posts: 208
    Total reviews: 3
    Places visited:
    At least 39

    Hi,

    A couple of quick points -

    You're packing a lot into each month (9-10 destinations in most places) which will be a fairly strenuous pace to keep up for months. Your opening 2 weeks in Thailand especially sounds like hard work: 6 places in a fortnight! Remember each time you move on, you're likely to lose at least half a day to travelling from place to place and sorting out accommodation, so that would leave you only one and a bit days in each destination - doesn't sound relaxing to me....

    In general, you may well find that you need to slow down from time to time, to give yourself a breather. If you're limited on entry and exit dates (by limits on the 30 day visa-exemption or visa-on-arrival, or by the entry and exit dates on your Vietnam visa - which you'll need to pre-arrange) you may find you have to skip a couple of your planned destinations. The other option is to stay longer than a month in some places.

    On your Thailand route, Lampang is actually on the way from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai, so it makes more sense to visit Lampang before Chiang Mai.

    Have a great time!

    #2 Posted: 1/6/2013 - 01:41

Have questions? Jump to our menu of forum quicklinks

Add your reply

Your reply

Check this box if you want to be notified of replies.

Please be familiar with our user guidelines before you post. Thanks!

Businesses planning on plugging their guesthouse / hotel / karaoke bar should read our "Addition guidelines" very carefully.

You need to be logged in to answer an existing post on the Travelfish forums. Please login via the prompts just above and refresh this screen -- before writing your post -- and you'll be in business.

Possibly related discussions Replies  Views  Latest reply
Best way to keep a DSLR and compact camera safe while backpacking through south east asia? ... By hotbox99 on 20 Oct 2009 16 18352 14 Apr 2010
3 months South-East Asia ... By pimvanhees on 27 Nov 2011 2 2712 28 Nov 2011
12 months in South East Asia ... By amieekb on 9 Sep 2013 8 1461 10 Sep 2013
6 months in south east asia ... By walshie89 on 6 Sep 2010 5 7911 17 May 2011
5 months in south east asia, what to do first????? ... By eoinfitz on 27 Jun 2006 1 3821 27 Jun 2006
South East Asia for 4-5 months ... By brandonjames123 on 19 Jun 2013 4 1850 10 Jul 2013
5-6 Months in South East Asia. Is £5000 Enough? ... By Mangala on 25 Apr 2009 6 20562 15 Dec 2009
3 Months South East Asia. ADVICE PLEASE :) ... By STEEBEE84 on 1 Aug 2014 12 615 13 Aug 2014
7 Months in South East Asia itinerairy help ... By keentraveller12 on 9 Aug 2013 4 1352 9 Aug 2013
is 6 months in south east asia too long?? ... By g_singh on 3 Jul 2007 17 6322 27 Aug 2007