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Philippines - Malaysia - Thailand + HongKong in 7 weeks

  • ekze

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    Location Latvia
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    Hello Fellow travelers,
    There is loads of information on Travelfish.org but I wanted to get some subjective opinion from you. We are spending 48 days if precise in Asia and I would really appreciate your suggestions and help with this
    In 9 of Feb. we ( me and my girlfriend ) land in Shanghai ( we have been here last year, but we want to spend a day here to accumulate long 15h flight + we need other airport. so we fit for 72h VoA )
    2 - 3 days Hong Kong (I would like to visit HongKong as one of my friends live there )
    2 - 3 days Cebu ( might visit chocolate hills, Donsol )
    5-7 days Puerta Princesa/El Nido ( underground river, Beach and tour to the hidden ones )
    2-4 days Manila and around ( not sure if it deserves 2, 4 or maybe 6 days )
    5-6 days in Bali ( I will go with Travelfish guidelines )
    2 days Kuala Lumpur
    2 days Singapure
    x Days somewhere haven`t searched what to do as for Thailand we can have only 14 days ( limit for VoA )
    2-3 Days Bangkok ( should we have more days ?
    4-6 Days Chang Mai and Province.
    x Days some where else ( maybe Krabi or Phi Phi )

    We would appreciate your comments and ideas,
    Also is it too much planning or it`s ok? One thing is we don`t want to rush too much and also be on the road all the time.
    Cheers and have a wonderful day

    #1 Posted: 5/9/2013 - 02:41

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  • goonistik

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    Your travel plans for Cebu/Visayas region are rather impractical. You'd be constantly on the move. It is possible to make a day trip to Bohol from Cebu. Bear in mind the best time to see the Chocolate Hills are sunrise/early morning or late afternoon/sunset when the shadows make for a more dramatic view.

    Donsol is in a different province on the island of Luzon. You need to take a plane from Cebu to Legazpi city and than travel overland to Donsol. Oslob in Cebu has whale sharks as well. The ethical issue in Oslob (which I hope has been dealt with) is the way the local fishermen feed the whale sharks. I am presuming that you are interested in Donsol because of the whale sharks. But Cebu/donsol/Chocolate hills you'll need more than 2-3 days.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/428527/oslob-urged-to-stop-feeding-whale-sharks

    Manila..hmmm..lots of people don't like it and I can understand why. 2-3 days is enough..if you like culture and history. I suggest you give Intramuros a look as well as the nearby Chinatown. The National Museum is worth a trip.

    #2 Posted: 5/9/2013 - 08:11

  • ekze

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    thanks, goonistik for your reply
    Ok, yes Donsol because of Whale sharks, So thanks for info about Oslob. :)

    About Manila I have heard same story but as I thought about it as a pit-stop before heading to Malaysia I could also cut off part or at all Manila part and go to KL through Kota Kinabalu.

    #3 Posted: 5/9/2013 - 08:32

  • LeonardCohe-
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    Do you really like cities? You've got quite a few on your list. I'm not a fan of KL and Singapore is expensive nowadays. Thailand gives 30 days without a visa if you arrive by air. Bangkok is a great city IMO and better than the other SEA cities. Krabi is a great place to visit for things like kayaking and snorkelling.

    #4 Posted: 5/9/2013 - 09:29

  • ekze

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    I like cities but in this case they are because of flexibility as Manila, Bangkok, KL is as a hub for further travel. For Thai are you sure about 30 days i have found that only 15 day visa on arrival as I don`t want to send to apply for visa my passport and other staff as we don`t have embassy in Latvia.

    I hate planning as i know we have to skip something breathtaking because of time frame we have. I`m ok to skip Singapore as I believe it`s a little similar to HK and KL so now we have even more free days which I don`t know where to fit.
    My plan B was take only to countries Philippines and Thailand but that still means we spend 14 days in Thai and 30 in Philippines

    #5 Posted: 6/9/2013 - 01:56

  • antoniamitc-
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    Hi,
    I'd suggest you add in Penang (in place of SIN or KL) - it has a lot more character than a big city like KL (which is very westernised).
    Have fun!

    #6 Posted: 6/9/2013 - 02:10

  • LeonardCohe-
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    Dunno about Latvia. Most people get 30 but maybe you don't.

    #7 Posted: 6/9/2013 - 12:17

  • Captain_Bob

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    "For Thai are you sure about 30 days i have found that only 15 day visa on arrival as I don`t want to send to apply for visa my passport and other staff as we don`t have embassy in Latvia."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Thailand
    Latvians either get 15-day VOA or have to apply for tourist visa beforehand.

    #8 Posted: 6/9/2013 - 12:59

  • goonistik

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    I really recommend Carlos Celdran's walking tours if you go to Manila. Check his blog next year to book a slot.

    http://celdrantours.blogspot.com/

    As Carlos Celdran says, "You can't change the city, but you can change the way you view the city."

    #9 Posted: 7/9/2013 - 19:53

  • LeonardCohe-
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    Or you could just go to an island instead and have a more attractive environment around you.

    #10 Posted: 8/9/2013 - 19:59

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  • ekze

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    Yeah,
    first thanks for your suggestions and sharing,
    second i`m the person who gives any city a chance as i like to check all things myself and rate on my scale :) so I might give Manila also a chance :)

    I`ll consider Penang as one of my stops.

    #11 Posted: 9/9/2013 - 08:15

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