Hello all -
Bit of a ramble to contextualise our trip: I'm a 23 year old woman from London, and along with my boyfriend, we'll be backpacking Asia for a few months from April this year. The original plan was to do a trek in Nepal and then visit India, but we've had it convincingly pointed out to us that May/June/July will be an awful time of year to be in the areas of India we wanted to visit. (At the very beginning of our planning, we were intending to be out there right now, but work commitments have forced the trip back).
As a result, we're suddenly now back to the drawing board after thinking about India for months. We are still going to be doing a trek in Nepal in April, but we're now considering SE Asia to follow. Money is unfortunately not limitless - I personally will probably be looking to take around Â£5000 for the whole thing (we've already booked our flight out to Kathmandu and have paid a deposit for the trek in Nepal, which once we've fully paid is going to total around Â£800 each) - but we're hoping to be out there for as long as possible. Realistically, we'll probably be heading home in late July/mid-August.
Knowing that the summer is not the best time to visit SE Asia, I'm at a bit of a loss as to where to start with planning a new route. We want to avoid retracing steps as much as possible, but I also want to work with the weather patterns. I've heard Malaysia and Indonesia are both good at that time (and we can fly direct from Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur), but we were also very keen to see Cambodia, Vietnam and, of course, Thailand.
I know that's probably a LOT of countries for only a 3 to 4 month trip, so I'm keen to hear peoples' opinions regarding what would be a good route from May-August. We can always save to come back to see countries we might miss, though it'll probably not be for as long a travel period again!
Also, I know Thailand and Cambodia are relatively cheap for backpackers (which is how we'll be travelling) but in peoples' opinions, how do Malaysia and Indonesia fare in comparison?
Many thanks for any input!
#1 ladylish has been a member since 3/2/2014. Posts: 2
Unfortunately I've no answers, but I'm planning a trip to SEA and Nepal from the end of May until December. I'm haveing the exact same questions as you: how to work with the weather. I even considered postponing the whole adventure (I don't want to), but one of my friends living in Thailand told me that you can travel in SEA the whole year. Just be flexible. But I have no idea what to expect.
Soooo....how to work with the weather? Maybe include Indonesia?? Same questions here - I'll be following your post with a lot of interest!
#2 Poohh has been a member since 18/1/2014. Posts: 8
Hi Poohh -
I've asked this same question on a couple of different forums, and after a (lot) more reading and looking up weather patterns, I think we'll be doing something like this:
Nepal--> Cambodia (via Malaysia) --> Thailand --> Malaysia --> Indonesia
I'm still hankering for Vietnam or even Laos, though... So we'll see. We're thinking to try to be in Thailand for June, as I've read that the rains hit pretty hard in May and then ease off for June, before picking up again for the rest of the season, while Cambodia seems best (for when we'll be there!) for May.
Unfortunately, we don't have the option to postpone. The flight out to Kathmandu is booked for the 10th April, and we've put down a deposit on a guided trek. Originally, we HAD to go in the summer - due to work commitments and the possibility of my boyfriend moving to California in the Autumn for work. However, the USA plan fell through, so now it's just the flight really holding us back. I'm trying to look on the bright side though - rainy season = less crowds and (hopefully) cheaper living!
If you're going to be in SE Asia in the autumn and early winter, though, would you just save the mainland til then?
#3 ladylish has been a member since 3/2/2014. Posts: 2
Malaysia is 10 to 25% more expensive than thailand
Indo is cheap
#4 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148