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Advice for 3 months backpacking around SE Asia

Posted by Manckiwi on 30/6/2012 at 21:51

My partner and I are currently living and working in Auckland, NZ but we're planning to move to the UK next July (where I'm originally from). So, as we'll both have to quit our jobs, we figured this would be the perfect opportunity to fit some travel in before settling down to work etc.

We've managed to work out a budget of around $20k (NZD) and are planning on spending around 3 months from leaving NZ in April to arriving in the UK in July.

Our current plan is:
[li]10 days in Bali[/li][li]3 days in Kuala Lumpur[/li][li]14 days in The Philippines (maybe Palawan & Bohol)[/li][li]2 or 3 days in Bangkok[/li][li]21 days traveling round Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam[/li][li]14 days in Ko Samui[/li][li]7 days New York before heading back to the UK (I know this part's a bit random, but we managed to find some a really cheap flights and thought it'd be an awesome way to end the trip)[/li][/ulist]
This is just our first rough thoughts, and it doesn't yet add up to the full 3 months, but we're not exactly sure at the moment where would be the best places to invest a bit more time. We're hoping for plenty of relaxing on beaches, a bit of adventure (trekking etc.), cultural visits, (temples etc.) and a little bit of partying.

We'd love to hear any thoughts on whether our plan sounds do-able on that budget, if it sounds like we're trying to squeeze in too much or if there's anything that we really ought to see / do in the region that we might have missed.


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Posted by Skuri on 1/7/2012 at 00:32

Hi. Your 3 months of travel sounds lovely. Naturally this is simply my opinion, but upon first glance I'd say:

Too long in Bali
Way, way, way too short to do 3 countries in 21 days. Each of those countries would beefit from 21 days each!! I live in Laos and am very biased..but...just came back from 8 days in the south (Pakse/Bolaven/Champasak/Siphan Don) and could have stayed much longer. Luang Prabang deserves a good 5 days, and the north is well worth exploring. I loathe what's been done to Vang Vieng, but that's another story. It is a stunning area and great for trekking and/or rock climbing.

I dislike Vietnam, but am in a minority, and still think 2 - 3 weeks there would barely touch the surface. I do very much like Cambodia but again, needs way more time than you've allocated. You could spend a week alone in Siem Reap.

14 days in Samui would be better spent amongst the three islands (Samui, Tao, Phangan). I assume this is so long for some relaxation/beach time. I suggest looking at other places for that as well/instead, especially instead of doubling back there.

Anyhow, enjoy your time.

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Posted by goonistik on 1/7/2012 at 07:07

14 days in the Philippines.....I guess it depends how much you end up liking the country. but you can easily add a few days to see a more destinations. Sagada is one of my favorite places. Than there are the less well-known places like Siquijor.

In April, Batanes is a possibility but the plane fare is expensive. (Food is horrendous too!)

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