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Planning for my BIG trip - NEED Help and Advice

  • brothbart

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    Well, I'm finally making the plunge and taking some time to go out and travel to places I have always wanted to go. Please let me know what you think of my itineary. Also, what is a good budget with and without flights. Any advice on visas would also be helpful. I would like to get as many of the visas before hand (I live in washington, DC), but know that some may expire before I even set foot in the country. I am usually a big planner, but I want to kinda go with the flow as much as I can for this trip. Okay, so here is what I am thinking.

    Leaving mid-Feb 2010
    India 2 to 3 months
    overland to
    Nepal 2 weeks to a month (April)
    fly to Bangkok
    Thailand - couple days to unwind in Bangkok and get visa to Myanmar
    fly to Myanmar
    Myanmar 28 days (May)
    fly back to Bangkok
    Thailand - explore North 2 weeks
    overland to Laos
    Laos for 30 days (June)
    overland to Cambodia
    Cambodia for 30 days (July)
    Overland to Vietnam
    Vietnam for 30-60 days (Can I get a 3 month multi visa before I leave?) (Aug)
    Fly to China
    China 1 to 2 months (Sept/Oct)

    I know I will be in some of these places during rainy season, but heard it isn't that bad.

    There is the basic plan. Any advice/suggestions about planning,itineary, visas etc would be greatly appreciated.

    trying to start mapping out my itineary - Any comments or suggestions

    Itinerary

    INDIA (6 months) - Mid Feb leave
    DAY 1. Mumbai
    DAY 2. Mumbai/Elephant Island
    DAY 3. Mumbai/Chowpatty Beach
    DAY 4. Mumbai – Aurangabad
    DAY 5. Aurangabad/ElloraCaves/Aurangabad – 45 minute Bus
    DAY 6. Aurangabad – Jalgon – 4 Hour Bus
    DAY 7. Jalgon/Ajanta/Jalgon
    DAY 8. Jalgon – Omkareshwar
    DAY 9. Omkareshwar
    DAY 10. Omkareshwar/Mandu
    DAY 11. Mandu
    DAY 12. Mandu/Bhopal
    DAY 13. Bhopal/Sanchi
    DAY 14. Sanchi
    DAY 15. Sanchi/Bhimbetka
    DAY 16. Bhimbetka
    DAY 17. Bhimbetka/Orchna
    DAY 18. Orchna
    DAY 19. Khajuraho
    DAY 20. Khajuraho
    DAY 21. Khajuraho
    DAY 22. Khajuraho
    DAY 23. Khajuraho/Jhansi
    DAY 24. Jhansi
    DAY 25. Jhansi/Delhi
    DAY 26. Delhi
    DAY 27. Delhi
    DAY 28. Delhi
    DAY 29. Delhi/Jaisalmer
    DAY 30. Jaisalmer
    DAY 31. Jaisalmer/Jodhpur
    DAY 32. Jodhpur
    DAY 33. Jodhpur/Udaipur
    DAY 34. Udaipur
    DAY 35. Udaipur
    DAY 36. Udaipur/Pushkar – 8 Hour Bus
    DAY 37. Pushkar
    DAY 38. Pushkar/Jaipur – Bus 4 Hours
    DAY 39. Jaipur
    DAY 40. Jaipur/Agra – Bus 5.5 Hours | Train 6.5 Hours
    DAY 41. Agra
    DAY 42. Agra/Varanasi
    DAY 43. Varanasi
    DAY 44. Varanasi
    DAY 45. Varanasi
    DAY 46. Varanasi/Kushingar
    DAY 47. Kushingar
    DAY 48. Kushingar/Gorakhpur
    DAY 49. Gorakpur
    DAY 50. Gorakpur/Nepal Sunauli/Lumbini

    NEPAL (30)
    DAY 51. Lumbini
    DAY 52. Lumbini
    DAY 53. Lumbini/Tansen
    DAY 54. Tansen
    DAY 55. Tansen/Pokhara
    DAY 56. Pokhara
    DAY 57. Pokhara
    DAY 58. Pokhara/Bandipur
    DAY 59. Bandipur
    DAY 60. Bandipur
    DAY 61. Bandipu/Manakamana
    DAY 62. Manakamana/Katmandu
    DAY 63. Katmandu
    DAY 64. Katmandu/Swayambhunath
    DAY 65. Katmandu/Patan
    DAY 66. Katmandu/Bhaktapur
    DAY 67. Katmandu
    DAY 68. Katmandu/Nagarkot or Phulikhel
    DAY 69. Katmandu/Pharpin or Bungamati
    DAY 70. Katmandu/ Pashupatinath
    DAY 71. Katmandu/Bodhnath
    DAY 72. Katmandu/Royal Chitwan National Park
    DAY 73. Royal Chitwan National Park
    DAY 74. Park/Birganj
    DAY 75. Birganj/Patna

    INDIA
    DAY 76. Patna
    DAY 77. Patna/Vaishali/Kesariya/Patna – Hire driver?
    DAY 78. Patna/Nalanda
    DAY 79. Nalanda
    DAY 80. Nalanda/Rajgir
    DAY 81. Rajgir
    DAY 82. Rajgir/Bodhgaya
    DAY 83. Bodhgaya
    DAY 84. Bodhgaya/Buddhist Retreat? If so add about 10 days
    DAY 85. Bohgay/Kolkata – 8 Hour Train
    DAY 86. Kolkata
    DAY 87. Kolkata
    DAY 88. Kolkata
    DAY 89. Kolkata – Yangon,Myanmar - Fly to Myanmar

    MYANMAR (28) – add Hsipaw? Inle Lake?
    DAY 90. Yangon
    DAY 91. Yangon
    DAY 92. Yangon/Mawlamyine
    DAY 93. Mawlamyine
    DAY 94. Mawlamyine/Kyaikmaraw/Mawlamyine
    DAY 95. Mawlamyine/Kyaiktiyo
    DAY 96. Kyaiktiyo
    DAY 97. Kyaiktiyo/Bago/Yangon
    DAY 98. Yangon/Thanlyin and Kyauktan
    DAY 99. Yangon/Myitkyina - Fly
    DAY 100. Myitkvina/Bhamo
    DAY 101. Bhamo
    DAY 102. Bhamo/Katha
    DAY 103. Katha
    DAY 104. Katha/Shwebo
    DAY 105. Shwebo
    DAY 106. Shwebo/Monywa
    DAY 107. Monywa
    DAY 108. Monywa/Mandalay
    DAY 109. Mandalay/Mingun
    DAY 110. Mandalay/Amarapura
    DAY 111. Mandalay Pakokku/Bagan
    DAY 112. Bagan
    DAY 113. Bagan
    DAY 114. Bagan
    DAY 115. BaganYangoon/Bangkok

    THAILAND (30)
    DAY 116. Bangkok, Thailand
    DAY 117. Bangkok
    DAY 118. Bangkok
    DAY 119. Bangkok/Khao Yai National Park (Pak Choy)
    DAY 120. Khao Yai National Park
    DAY 121. Khao Yai National Park
    DAY 122. Phrae
    DAY 123. Phrae
    DAY 124. Chiang Kham
    DAY 125. Chian Kham
    DAY 126. Chiang Khong
    DAY 127. Chiang Khong/ Huay Xai , Laos

    LAOS (30-60)
    DAY 128. Huay Xai
    DAY 129. Huay Xai
    DAY 130. Huay Xai/ Luang Nam Tha Province
    DAY 131. Luang Nam Tha Province
    DAY 132. Luang Nam Tha Province
    DAY 133. Luang Nam Tha Province
    DAY 134. Luang Nam Tha Province/Muang Sing
    DAY 135. Muang Sing
    DAY 136. Muang Sing
    DAY 137. Muang Sing/Huay Xai
    DAY 138. Huay Xai boat to Luan Prabang – 2 days boat
    DAY 139. Huay Xai boat to Luan Prabang
    DAY 140. Luan Prabang
    DAY 141. Luan Prabang
    DAY 142. Luan Prabang
    DAY 143. Luan Prabang
    DAY 144. Luan Prabang
    DAY 145. Luan Prabang/Xien Khuang Province – Phonsavan
    DAY 146. Xien Khuang Province – Phonsavan
    DAY 147. Xien Khuang Province – Phonsavan
    DAY 148. Xien Khuang Province – Phonsavan
    DAY 149. Xien Khuang Province – Phonsavan/Van Vieng
    DAY 150. Van Vieng – Can Volunteer here – if so do it for around 2 weeks or so
    DAY 151. Van Vieng
    DAY 152. Vientianne – Extend Visa
    DAY 153. Vientianne
    DAY 154. Vientianne
    DAY 155. Vientianne
    DAY 156. Vientianne – Fly to Pakse
    DAY 157. Pakse
    DAY 158. Si Phaan Day
    DAY 159. Si Phaan Day
    DAY 160. Si Phaan Day
    DAY 161. Si Phaan Day
    DAY 162. Si Phaan Day
    DAY 163. Pakse
    DAY 164. Pakse/Vang Tao/Chong Mek, Thailand – Also can fly for Pakse to Siem Reap

    THAILAND (15)
    DAY 165. Chong Mek, Thailand
    DAY 166. Chong Mek, Thailand/Surin
    DAY 167. Surin/ChomgJom/O Smack, Cambodia

    CAMBODIA (30)
    DAY 168. Chomg Jom/O Smack, Cambodia/Siem Reap
    DAY 169. Siem Reap
    DAY 170. Siem Reap
    DAY 171. Siem Reap
    DAY 172. Siem Reap
    DAY 173. Siem Reap
    DAY 174. Siem Reap boat to Phnom Peng
    DAY 175. Phnom Peng
    DAY 176. Phnom Peng
    DAY 177. Phnom Peng
    DAY 178. Phnom Peng
    DAY 179. Phnom Peng
    DAY 180. Kratie?
    DAY 181. Phnom Peng?
    DAY 182. Kanpot & Bokar and Around?
    DAY 183. Sihanoukville?
    DAY 184. Phnom Penh to Moc Bai or Chau Doc or Vinh Xuong

    VIETNAM (30-60)
    DAY 185. Chau Doc or Moc Bai or Vinh Xuong
    DAY 186. Phu Quoc Island?
    DAY 187. Ha Tien
    DAY 188. Ho Chi Minh City
    DAY 189. Phan Thiet
    DAY 190. Nha Trang
    DAY 191. Hoi An
    DAY 192. Hue
    DAY 193. Nin Binh
    DAY 194. Hanoi
    DAY 195. Halong Bay
    DAY 196. Chua Muong
    DAY 197. Cao Bang – Mt Yentu
    DAY 198. Sapa? Bac Ha?
    DAY 199. Ba Be National Park?
    DAY 200. Dong Dang – Pingxiang, China

    CHINA
    1-2 months

    Thailand
    Southern Thailand

    #1 Posted: 31/8/2009 - 08:39

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  • BruceMoon

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    brothbart

    How I envy you: Oh, to have the time, freedom, access to funds, and inspiration to do such a trip.

    I can only comment on matters re: SE Asia (not Myanmar), and for money, try budgeting for around US$25-30 / day. Look for some guidance (at post #2) and also this post (at post #3) for more comment.

    As for visa's, I can't comment re: India/Nepal/Myanmar, but I see you have scheduled 3 entries into Thailand. The first two are within a 6 month period. For that, I'd suggest you contact the Thai Embassy in the US and get a multiple entry visa. Elsewhere on TF, a person suggested there was merely a processing charge of about US$20.

    You don't need to pre-purchase a visa for Laos, and normally for Cambodia (though it does depend on where you enter). But, in any case, you can get both in Thailand/Laos. If you fly Laos/Cambodia, airport entry will suffice.

    As for Vietnam, I'd suggest that getting a visa at Phnom Penh (or Sihanoukville) would be best. You can get a single entry and pay for upgrade while in VN, or pay more and get a longer visa (60day).

    I like that you've nominated places, and allocated reasonable time in each. This clearly will give you flexibility. But, better still, as you are not planning to race around like a blue-arsed fly, you've given yourself options to stay longer or split earlier as the case may be.

    Good one.

    My only comment is why Thailand, then Laos, etc to China and then back to Thailand? I suppose there's a reason, but it seems like travel for travels sake.

    Cheers

    #2 Posted: 31/8/2009 - 09:07

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