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  • brothbart

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    I will be leaving on Feb. 8 for my big trip that will hopefully take me from India-Nepal-Burma-Thailand-Laos-Cambodia-Vietnam-China. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Wed. Feb. 10 12:30 AM Arrive Mumbai, India
    Thur. Feb. 11 Mumbai/Chowpatty Beach
    Fri. Feb. 12 Mumbai/Elephanta Island
    Sat. Feb. 13 Mumbai to Aurangabad – 6:10 Train Tapovan express (7617) -
    Dep-06:10 hrs Arr-13:15 hrs
    Mumbai, Dadar, Thane, Kalyan, Igatpuri, Dewlali Cantt., Nasik, Lasalgaon, Manmad, Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Nanded.
    Sun. Feb. 14 Aurangabad/Ellora Caves (not open Monday)/Aurangabd – 45 minute Bus
    DAY 1. Aurangabad – Ajanta – Aurangabad – Take tour MTDC BUS TOUR
    DAY 2. Aurangabad/Indore
    DAY 3. Indore/Bhopal (5 hour train)
    DAY 4. Bhopal
    DAY 5. Bhopal/Sanchi temple Madhya Pradesh 9km sw of Vidisha (Temple 17) 1 ½ Bus
    DAY 6. Sanchi
    DAY 7. Sanchi/Bhimbetka or Bhopal 1 Hr Bus
    DAY 8. Bhimbetka
    DAY 9. Bhimbetka/Orchna
    DAY 10. Orchna /Khajuraho
    DAY 11. Khajuraho
    DAY 12. Khajuraho
    DAY 13. Khajuraho/Agra
    DAY 14. Agra
    DAY 15. Agra/Jaipur
    DAY 16. Jaipur
    DAY 17. Jaipur/Pushkar – 4 Hours Bus
    DAY 18. Pushkar
    DAY 19. Pushkar/Ajmer
    DAY 20. Ajmer
    DAY 21. Ajmer/Udaipur – 8 Hour Bus
    DAY 22. Udaipur
    DAY 23. Udaipur
    DAY 24. Udaipur/RANAKPUR
    DAY 25. Ranakpur/Jodhpur
    DAY 26. Jodhpur
    DAY 27. Jodhpur/Jaisalmer
    DAY 28. Jaisalmer
    DAY 29. Jaisalmer/Bikaner – 8 Hour Bus
    DAY 30. Bikaner
    DAY 31. Bikaner/Delhi – 11 Hour Bus
    DAY 32. Delhi
    DAY 33. Delhi
    DAY 34. Delhi
    DAY 35. Delhi/Varanasi
    DAY 36. Varanasi
    DAY 37. Varanasi/Sarnath
    DAY 38. Sarnath/Varanasi
    DAY 39. Varanasi
    DAY 40. Varanasi/Bodh Gaya
    DAY 41. Bodhgaya
    DAY 42. Bodhgaya
    DAY 43. Bodhgaya/Rajgir
    DAY 44. Rajgir
    DAY 45. Rajgir/Nalanda
    DAY 46. Nalanda
    DAY 47. Nalanda/Patna
    DAY 48. Patna
    DAY 49. Patna/Vaishali/Kesariya/Patna (Hire driver?)
    DAY 50. Patna/Kushinagar
    DAY 51. Kushinagar
    DAY 52. Kushinagar
    DAY 53. Kushinagar/Gorakhpur
    DAY 54. Gorakpur
    DAY 55. Gorakpur/Nepal Sunauli/Lumbini

    NEPAL (30)
    DAY 56. Lumbini
    DAY 57. Lumbini/Tansen
    DAY 58. Tansen/Pokhara
    DAY 59. Pokhara (International Mountaineering Museum, World Peace pagoda, Devi's Fall, Tibetan Refugee camp)
    DAY 60. Pokhara/Bandipur
    DAY 61. Bandipu/Manakamana
    DAY 62. Manakamana/Katmandu
    DAY 63. Katmandu
    DAY 64. Katmandu
    DAY 65. Katmandu
    Day to Day Itinerary for Langtang gosainkunda lake Trekking
    DAY 66. Kathmandu-Syabrubesi:
    DAY 67. Syabrubesi-Lama Hotel:
    DAY 68. Lama Hotel- Langtang:
    DAY 69. Langtang - Kyanjin Gompa:
    DAY 70. Kyanjin Gompa:
    DAY 71. Kyanjin Gompa- Lama Hotel:
    DAY 72. Lama Hotel - Thulo Syabru:
    DAY 73. Thulo Syabru- Shin gomba:
    DAY 74. Shin gomba- Gosainkunda:
    DAY 75. Gosainkunda- Back to cholangpati:
    DAY 76. cholangpati to Dhunche.
    DAY 77. Drive back to Kathmandu.
    DAY 78. Kathmandu/Swayambhunath – Get
    DAY 79. Kathmandu/Patan
    DAY 80. Kathmandu/Bhaktapur
    DAY 81. Kathmandu/Pashupatinath
    DAY 82. Kathmandu/Boudhanath
    DAY 83. Fly to Kolkata or Bhubaneshwar or Fly to Silguri or Kathmandu to Kakarvitta (17 Hours) – Kakarvitta to
    Silguri – Silguri to Kolkata (12-16 hour train) (India Airways $174)

    INDIA
    DAY 84. Kolkata
    DAY 85. Kolkata
    DAY 86. Kolkata
    DAY 87. Kolkata/Bhubaneshwar – 15 Hour train
    DAY 88. Bhubaneshwar
    DAY 89. Kolkat – Udayagiri
    DAY 90. Khandgiri Caves
    DAY 91. Orissa
    DAY 92. Nandankanan Zoological Park
    DAY 93. Konarak Sun Temple
    DAY 94. Puri
    DAY 95. Puri
    DAY 96. Puri/Bhubaneshwar
    DAY 97. Bhubaneshwar/Kolkata15 Hour train
    DAY 98. Kolkata
    DAY 99. Kolkata – Yangon,Myanmar - Fly to Myanmar see what days they fly – This looks like a Wed. so need to
    add or substract 2 days
    looks like flights are Mondays and Fridays

    MYANMAR (28) – add Hsipaw?
    DAY 100. Yangon (ChaukHtat Gyi Pagoda – Botataung Pagoda – Shwedagone Pagoda)
    DAY 101. Yangon
    DAY 102. Yangon/Mawlamyine
    DAY 103. Mawlamyine
    DAY 104. Mawlamyine/Kyaikmaraw/Mawlamyine
    DAY 105. Mawlamyine/Kyaiktiyo
    DAY 106. Kyaiktiyo
    DAY 107. Kyaiktiyo
    DAY 108. Kyaiktiyo/Yangon
    DAY 109. Yangon
    DAY 110. Yangon/Myitkyina - Fly
    DAY 111. Myitkvina/Bhamo
    DAY 112. Bhamo
    DAY 113. Bhamo/Katha
    DAY 114. Katha
    DAY 115. Katha/Shwebo
    DAY 116. Shwebo
    DAY 117. Shwebo/Monywa
    DAY 118. Monywa
    DAY 119. Monywa/Mandalay
    DAY 120. Mandalay (Sagaing Hill)/Mingun
    DAY 121. Mandalay/Amarapura
    DAY 122. Mandalay Pakokku/Bagan (10 hour boat ride)
    DAY 123. Bagan (Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigone Pagoda, Htilominlo Pagoda)
    DAY 124. Bagan (Mt. Popa)
    DAY 125. Bagan/Pyay (Bawbawgyi Pagoda, BeBe Gyi Pagoda, Payagyi and Payama Pagoda) (Sri Khitera – ancient capitol)
    DAY 126. Bagan/Yangon
    DAY 127. Yangon
    DAY 128. Yangon/Bangkok

    THAILAND (30)
    DAY 129. Bangkok, Thailand
    DAY 130. Bangkok
    DAY 131. Bangkok
    DAY 132. Bangkok/ Nakhon Chaisi, Nakhon Pathom Wat Bang Phra for Tattoo
    DAY 133. Nakhon Pathon
    DAY 134. Nakhon Pathon/Bangkok
    DAY 135. Bangkok/ Kanchanaburi (Tiger Temple) – From the Southern Bus Terminal ("Sai Dai"), buses leave every 30min for Kanchanaburi, the last one departing at 10.30pm. The journey takes a little under two hours.
    DAY 136. Kanchanaburi
    DAY 137. Kanchanaburi/Sanglaburi – 5 hour bus
    DAY 138. Sanglaburi
    DAY 139. Travel to Nongkhai
    DAY 140. Travel to Nongkhai
    DAY 141. Travel to Nongkhai
    DAY 142. Nongkhai 3 day training for Laos (Day 140) June 30, 2010
    DAY 143. Nongkhai 3 day training for Laos
    DAY 144. Nongkhai 3 day training for Laos
    DAY 145. Nongkhai to Vientiane to Ban Na Volunteer

    LAOS (30-60)
    DAY 146. Vientiane
    DAY 147. Vientiane to Ban Na
    DAY 148. Ban Na Volunteer 1 month
    DAY 176. Ban Na to Vietiane
    DAY 177. Vietiane extend Visa – if needed or follow the rest of schedule North and South
    DAY 178. Luang Nam Tha Province
    DAY 179. Luang Nam Tha Province
    DAY 180. Luang Nam Tha Province
    DAY 181. Luang Nam Tha Province
    DAY 182. Luang Nam Tha Province/Muang Sing
    DAY 183. Muang Sing
    DAY 184. Muang Sing
    DAY 185. Muang Sing/ Huay Xai
    DAY 186. Huay Xai boat to Luan Prabang – 2 days boat
    DAY 187. Huay Xai boat to Luan Prabang
    DAY 188. Luan Prabang
    DAY 189. Luan Prabang
    DAY 190. Luan Prabang
    DAY 191. Luan Prabang
    DAY 192. Luan Prabang
    DAY 193. Luan Prabang/Xien Khuang Province – Phonsavan
    DAY 194. Xien Khuang Province – Phonsavan
    DAY 195. Xien Khuang Province – Phonsavan
    DAY 196. Xien Khuang Province – Phonsavan
    DAY 197. Xien Khuang Province – Phonsavan/Van Vieng
    DAY 198. Van Vieng – Can Volunteer here – if so do it for around 2 weeks or so
    DAY 199. Van Vieng
    DAY 200. Vientiane – Extend Visa
    DAY 201. Vientiane
    DAY 202. Vientiane
    DAY 203. Vientiane
    DAY 204. Vientiane – Bus to Savannakhet
    DAY 205. Pakse
    DAY 206. Si Phaan Day
    DAY 207. Si Phaan Day
    DAY 208. Si Phaan Day
    DAY 209. Si Phaan Day
    DAY 210. Si Phaan Day
    DAY 211. Pakse – Champasak – Boat  Don Daeng
    DAY 212. Don Daeng and Don
    DAY 213. Pakse – cross over into Cambodia

    CAMBODIA (30)
    DAY 214. Siem Reap
    DAY 215. Siem Reap
    DAY 216. Siem Reap
    DAY 217. Siem Reap
    DAY 218. Siem Reap
    DAY 219. Siem Reap
    DAY 220. Skuon - spiders
    DAY 221. Phnom Peng
    DAY 222. Phnom Peng
    DAY 223. Phnom Peng
    DAY 224. Phnom Peng
    DAY 225. Phnom Peng
    DAY 226. Kratie?
    DAY 227. Kanpot & Bokar and Around?
    DAY 228. Sihanoukville – weather?
    DAY 229. Phnom Penh to Moc Bai or Chau Doc or Vinh Xuong
    DAY 230. Ratanakiri Providence

    VIETNAM (30-60)
    DAY 231. Chau Doc or Moc Bai or Vinh Xuong
    DAY 232. Phu Quoc Island?
    DAY 233. Ho Chi Minh City
    DAY 234. Ho Chi Minh City
    DAY 235. Ho Chi Minh City
    DAY 236. Ho Chi Minh City
    DAY 237. Phan Thiet
    DAY 238. Phan Thiet
    DAY 239. Nha Trang
    DAY 240. Nha Trang
    DAY 241. Chua Muong
    DAY 242. Chua Muong
    DAY 243. Chua Muong
    DAY 244. Hoi An
    DAY 245. Hoi An
    DAY 246. Hue
    DAY 247. Hue
    DAY 248. Hue
    DAY 249. Nin Binh
    DAY 250. Nin Binh
    DAY 251. Nin Binh
    DAY 252. Hanoi
    DAY 253. Hanoi
    DAY 254. Hanoi
    DAY 255. Hanoi
    DAY 256. Hanoi
    DAY 257. Halong Bay
    DAY 258. Halong Bay
    DAY 259. Halong Bay
    DAY 260. Halong Bay
    DAY 261. Cao Bang – Mt Yentu
    DAY 262. Cao Bang – Mt Yentu
    DAY 263. Cao Bang – Mt Yentu
    DAY 264. Sapa? Bac Ha?
    DAY 265. Ba Be National Park?
    DAY 266. Dong Dang – Pingxiang, China

    CHINA (30-60) –
    DAY 267. Pingxiang, China/Nanching
    DAY 268. Nanching
    DAY 269. Guangxi
    DAY 270. Guangxi
    DAY 271. Tunix –Huang Shan
    DAY 272. Huang Shan
    DAY 273. Huang Shan
    DAY 274. Hangzhou, Zhejiang West Lake
    DAY 275. Hangzhou
    DAY 276. Hangzhou
    DAY 277. Hangzhou
    DAY 278. Shanghai
    DAY 279. Shanghai
    DAY 280. Shanghai
    DAY 281. Shanghai
    DAY 282. Xingjing
    DAY 283. Xingjing
    DAY 284. Putuoshan
    DAY 285. Putuoshan
    DAY 286. Suzhou
    DAY 287. Tongli or Lushi or Zhujiajiao
    DAY 288. Toi An (Tai Shan (Dai Temple)
    DAY 289. Toi An
    DAY 290. Jinan
    DAY 291. Jinan
    DAY 292. Beijing
    DAY 293. Beijing
    DAY 294. Beijing
    DAY 295. Beijing
    DAY 296. Beijing
    DAY 297. Beijing
    DAY 298. Chengde
    DAY 299. Chengde
    DAY 300. Chengde
    DAY 301. Wu Tai Shan
    DAY 302. Wu Tai Shan
    DAY 303. Zhengdin
    DAY 304. Henan (Song Shan – Shaolin Temple)
    DAY 305. Henan
    DAY 306. Hebei
    DAY 307. Luoyang (Longmen Caves)
    DAY 308. Luoyang
    DAY 309. Luoyang
    DAY 310. Xi An (Hua Sha, Wudang Sham)
    DAY 311. Xi An
    DAY 312. Xi An
    DAY 313. Leshan (Emi Shan)
    DAY 314. Leshan
    DAY 315. 3 gorges
    DAY 316. 3 gorges
    DAY 317. 3 gorges
    DAY 318. Chongqing
    DAY 319. Chongqing
    DAY 320. Chendu
    DAY 321. Chendu
    DAY 322. Lijiang
    DAY 323. Lijang
    DAY 324. Kunming
    DAY 325. Kunming
    DAY 326. Kunming Chiang Khong Thailand

    #1 Posted: 18/12/2009 - 23:03

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  • somtam2000

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    There's a lot of that I can't comment on, but for Sangkhlabuti to Nong Khai you're looking at two days travel, or one day to Bangkok then night train to Nong Khai.

    Re Vietnam -- where is Chua Muong? Also I'd suggest more time for Sapa/BaBe/Bac Ha etc -- lots of miles between those places.

    Hope that helps.

    #2 Posted: 19/12/2009 - 09:53

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    Burma

    I haven't been to all the places in Burma that you're planning to go to so can't help with some of them.

    Day 100. You'll be coming back to Yangon later (day 109 and 127) so you don't need to pack in all those visits in on the first day! Go buy your train ticket to Mawlamyine on day 100 so that you can leave the next day. You need to buy the train ticket the day before you travel.

    You can do the Golden Rock in one day. I'd cut out day 107 and add it to Bagan. I'd also cut out Mount Popa myself (I found it very kitsch) but the view from the top is nice enough. Four full days in Bagan isn't too much.

    You haven't got time to got time to fit in Hsipaw unless you cut out several days elsewhere.

    #3 Posted: 24/7/2011 - 14:31

  • savorygal

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    Posts: 133

    i think you may be spending way too much time in katmandu.
    DAY 78. Kathmandu/Swayambhunath – Get
    DAY 79. Kathmandu/Patan
    DAY 80. Kathmandu/Bhaktapur
    DAY 81. Kathmandu/Pashupatinath
    DAY 82. Kathmandu/Boudhanath
    pashupatinah & boudhanth can easily be done together in one morning & the afternoon spent at monkey temple or Swayambhunath can be done in the afternoon. They are all close together.
    I would spend another 2 days in pokhara... you could do a day rafting trip or spend an afternoon on the lake & pokhara is infinitely more enjoyable (IMO) than kathmandu.
    bhaktapur is also worth a longer look & It's fun to spend the night there.


    I also think 5 days in phnom penh is a bit much.....


    sounds like a fun trip :)

    #4 Posted: 24/7/2011 - 19:01

  • Geneva

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    Too much time in Siem Reap, just got back from there. 3-4 days should do it. Three long days of temple tours will be amazing but tiring. Take the 4th day to relax :) the bus to Phnom Phen Will take a full day with meal stops.

    Stay a while longer in Sihanouk Ville :)- Otres Beach and Indepence beach are lovely, and away from the trashiness of serendipity. I had 4 days there--it wasn't by any means lOng enough :)

    #5 Posted: 11/4/2012 - 02:03

  • Clare1993

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    Hi,
    I think your spending way to long in kathmandu as well.
    I was in central kathmandu and after 3 days i had definately seen all the sights. in saying that, its a great place to take a breath and just relax for a bit - try the roofs of hostels! very peaceful.
    Patan is worth a day, as is bhaktapur.
    I did pashupatinath and Bodhnath in one day easily, with a lot of spare time.
    and swayambhunath and durbar square together as well. make sure you pick a nice day for swayambhunath, and go early in the morning - everything is much clearer.
    hope this helps!

    #6 Posted: 17/4/2012 - 06:15

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