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First backpacking adventure!

Posted by stemay on 11/11/2013 at 08:33

Hi guys,

We're a couple planning our first ever backpacking trip across SE Asia and would appreciate any feedback and/or advice! We're aiming to leave the UK late February-early March, and have a spending budget of at least £5000, not including flights. We're leaving everything behind, jobs, flat, most of our possessions, for this trip of a lifetime, so the idea is to be out there for as long as possible. On our current budget, this may get us by for about 8 months, but we're not adverse to getting work out there, short or long term (probably in places we want to spend longer in).

This is our current itinerary, and length of time in each location is mostly based on the visas that are available (most appear to be 30 day on arrivals).

Thailand - 2-3 weeks
Laos - 4 weeks
Cambodia - 4 weeks
Vietnam - 12 weeks
China - as long as budget allows

As you can see, our main focus is Vietnam and China. Travelling south to north into China, three months is hopefully enough to see most of Vietnam. Canton areas are a must for us, so Guangdong is a definite. Any other suggestions? Anything on top of that is a bonus. Our funds will definitely be dwindling so we're likely to look for jobs in China, English teaching appears to be most popular and readily available. In regards to the visas, we know these ones require applying for in advance. Is it just best to apply the week before we plan to enter?

We're hoping to hit up mostly rural areas, get an honest feel of the culture and people (less touristy, the better). Definitely not bothered about partying or boozing. Though a pit stop in the odd city wouldn't go amiss. We're pretty laid back so our itinerary within each country will be pretty loose, and mostly dictated by our moods or what's happening then.

Any advice that you can offer to two backpacking n00bs would be much appreciated - on our budget, our itinerary, on your experience/knowledge on getting jobs out there, ease of getting a working visa, anything you think we've missed.. Many thanks!

#1 stemay has been a member since 8/11/2013. Posts: 3

Posted by MADMAC on 11/11/2013 at 09:36

Well, your concept is OK. Kind of take it as it comes. Remmember that in rural areas language is more of an issue, so you'll want to do your homework prior to heading to each location.

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