Just wanting some help with my planning SEA next year.
I plan on leaving in April 2013, leaving from Australia to Bali, spending 1 month there and then heading over to Thailand- I would like to spend about 6 weeks there, however I know the visa is for 1 month, so would leave and then go back.
After Thailand I was planning on going to Cambodia for about 3 weeks, seeing all the sights. I was also then planning to do some volunteer work there. I have started my TEFL and was hoping to do teaching there for a couple of months. If there is some work there- Do you think this would be to long in Cambodia or as your volunteering it would take up most of your time? After Cambodia I thought Vietnam, where I would go for 1 month and maybe do some volunteer work here if I cant get any in Cambodia.
Then head over to Laos and spend a few weeks there. Is this the best route, or what is the best way to travel around?
I am budgeting for $50AUD a day- Do you think this would be enough, I would like to go for about 6 months, plus another 2 or 3 months if I get volunteer work. I plan on seeing as much as possible, plus having a few down days and not doing much.
I will book my flights from Bali to Thailand in advance, I will also have extra money for Elephant trekking, white water rafting etc s some activities I will budget more for. I will go out for a few drinks at night as well- Not every night and I dont plan on having huge nights out. I would like to see as much as possible, so flexible with my times in places.
Is this the best way to do SEA or what is the best route to follow? If anyone has any advice that would be greatly appreciated.
#1 lucylinda has been a member since 27/10/2012. Posts: 2
You have lots of time, some loose plans and enough of a budget to splurge when you need to. I wouldn't worry so much about the route - just get to Bali and let it happen from there!
Sounds like a great plan - you may find Bali a little more expensive than expected, mainland SE Asia will be considerably cheaper though, you won't need 50 AUD a day if you are eating local and avoiding the bars for the most part. When I travel, I always take my budget and then make sure to have at least 1000 USD discretionary in my bank account (yeah, hopefully I'd always have that right) that I have absolutely no intention to use, but you never know.
The overall direction on your trip sounds good - as you say, 6 weeks in Thailand then you'll need to re-enter, which you can always do overland from Laos after you've been through Cambodia and Vietnam. Probably you'd end up just hitting Northern Laos so you could either enter Thailand in the far north and head down via Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai - keep in mind that with overland entry you'll have only 2 weeks, so make sure to have a clear route set out for getting from Laos back to BKK where I imagine you'll be flying out from.
I'd make a separate post on this site or somewhere to try and arrange a contact for volunteer work before you arrive in Cambodia - you want to make sure you're not lining someone's pockets and actually doings something helpful. Along with helping to teach kids English I've heard of opportunities to teach basic computer skills as well.
Keep the plan loose with a general route in mind and you'll be fine, with all that time you'll meet plenty of people who will probably drag you off in new directions. Remember the Vietnam Visa will have to be arranged in PP a couple days in advance - just a little something to keep in the back of your mind.
Thanks for the reply and the extra information.
#4 lucylinda has been a member since 27/10/2012. Posts: 2