Hello Fellow travelers,
There is loads of information on Travelfish.org but I wanted to get some subjective opinion from you. We are spending 48 days if precise in Asia and I would really appreciate your suggestions and help with this
In 9 of Feb. we ( me and my girlfriend ) land in Shanghai ( we have been here last year, but we want to spend a day here to accumulate long 15h flight + we need other airport. so we fit for 72h VoA )
2 - 3 days Hong Kong (I would like to visit HongKong as one of my friends live there )
2 - 3 days Cebu ( might visit chocolate hills, Donsol )
5-7 days Puerta Princesa/El Nido ( underground river, Beach and tour to the hidden ones )
2-4 days Manila and around ( not sure if it deserves 2, 4 or maybe 6 days )
5-6 days in Bali ( I will go with Travelfish guidelines )
2 days Kuala Lumpur
2 days Singapure
x Days somewhere haven`t searched what to do as for Thailand we can have only 14 days ( limit for VoA )
2-3 Days Bangkok ( should we have more days ?
4-6 Days Chang Mai and Province.
x Days some where else ( maybe Krabi or Phi Phi )
We would appreciate your comments and ideas,
Also is it too much planning or it`s ok? One thing is we don`t want to rush too much and also be on the road all the time.
Cheers and have a wonderful day
Your travel plans for Cebu/Visayas region are rather impractical. You'd be constantly on the move. It is possible to make a day trip to Bohol from Cebu. Bear in mind the best time to see the Chocolate Hills are sunrise/early morning or late afternoon/sunset when the shadows make for a more dramatic view.
Donsol is in a different province on the island of Luzon. You need to take a plane from Cebu to Legazpi city and than travel overland to Donsol. Oslob in Cebu has whale sharks as well. The ethical issue in Oslob (which I hope has been dealt with) is the way the local fishermen feed the whale sharks. I am presuming that you are interested in Donsol because of the whale sharks. But Cebu/donsol/Chocolate hills you'll need more than 2-3 days.
Manila..hmmm..lots of people don't like it and I can understand why. 2-3 days is enough..if you like culture and history. I suggest you give Intramuros a look as well as the nearby Chinatown. The National Museum is worth a trip.
thanks, goonistik for your reply
Ok, yes Donsol because of Whale sharks, So thanks for info about Oslob. :)
About Manila I have heard same story but as I thought about it as a pit-stop before heading to Malaysia I could also cut off part or at all Manila part and go to KL through Kota Kinabalu.
Do you really like cities? You've got quite a few on your list. I'm not a fan of KL and Singapore is expensive nowadays. Thailand gives 30 days without a visa if you arrive by air. Bangkok is a great city IMO and better than the other SEA cities. Krabi is a great place to visit for things like kayaking and snorkelling.
I like cities but in this case they are because of flexibility as Manila, Bangkok, KL is as a hub for further travel. For Thai are you sure about 30 days i have found that only 15 day visa on arrival as I don`t want to send to apply for visa my passport and other staff as we don`t have embassy in Latvia.
I hate planning as i know we have to skip something breathtaking because of time frame we have. I`m ok to skip Singapore as I believe it`s a little similar to HK and KL so now we have even more free days which I don`t know where to fit.
My plan B was take only to countries Philippines and Thailand but that still means we spend 14 days in Thai and 30 in Philippines
"For Thai are you sure about 30 days i have found that only 15 day visa on arrival as I don`t want to send to apply for visa my passport and other staff as we don`t have embassy in Latvia."
Latvians either get 15-day VOA or have to apply for tourist visa beforehand.
I really recommend Carlos Celdran's walking tours if you go to Manila. Check his blog next year to book a slot.
As Carlos Celdran says, "You can't change the city, but you can change the way you view the city."
first thanks for your suggestions and sharing,
second i`m the person who gives any city a chance as i like to check all things myself and rate on my scale :) so I might give Manila also a chance :)
I`ll consider Penang as one of my stops.