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Asia Itinerary- Critique please!

Posted by sarandjer on 15/12/2009 at 05:19

Hi!
I'd love some advice on my upcoming trip. I'm going with my husband for about 5 months, leaving next week!
Originally our thought was to go to less places for longer periods of time. We really wanted to spend more time in India and steer further away from the very well travelled touristy areas. We would really like to spend a chunk of time doing some volunteer work in a smaller community (we're thinking India, but are open to suggestions). Somehow after talking to friends who have done the S.E.A. loop we ended up putting together a pretty standard backpacker itinerary and have shortened our stay in India.

I would love some advice on some spots/experiences that we shouldn't miss, where we should spend more or spend less time (or not even bother visiting), any suggestions for volunteer opportunities. We aren't necessarily interested in the party scene or beaches (that said a little of that is definitley ok)
Thank you!

Itinerary

Dec 24-27: Bangkok
Dec 27- Overnight to Kanchanaburi?
Dec 27-Jan 10: Chiang Mai + Pai
Jan 10- Pai to Laos (via Mekong)
Jan 10-Jan 24: Laos
Jan 24: overland to Siem Reap, Cambodia
Jan 24-Feb 7: Cambodia
Feb 7: fly from Phnom Penh to Hanoi Vietnam
Feb 7- Feb 21: Vietnam
Feb 21: fly from HCMC to Thailand – south
Feb 21- Mar 7: Southern Thailand
Mar 7-18: Southern Thailand (Koh Tao, Koh Lanta, Ao Nang, Koh Samui, Koh Panang, Koh Phi Phi, islands off West Coast near Krabi )
Mar 18: fly Krabi to KL Malaysia
Mar 18- April 01: Malaysia (Perhentian Islands, Penang, KL, Melaka, Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara- Borneo jungles)
April 01: Singapore to Bali
April 01- Apr 20: Bali/Indonesia
Apr 20: Bali to Dehli
April 20- May 17: India
May 17: Mumbai to San Francisco

#1 sarandjer has been a member since 8/12/2009. Posts: 1

Posted by sirhalberd on 15/12/2009 at 09:52

Very ambitious trip! At the end of 5 months of "togetherness" you will either be filing for a divorce or attached at the hip for life! (If you haven't killed each other!)

Money wise have you compared the price of flying round trip to Bangkok compared to one way flights home from Mumbai with one way arrival at Bangkok? Some one way flights are almost as expensive as round trip flights.

If a round trip to to and from Bangkok is cheaper than two one way flights you might want to fly back to Suvarnabhumi for you ride home. Or not if saving money doesn't matter.

If you haven't traveled overseas before you have to figure out how to keep yourself in enough money to pay for stuff. If you are experienced you must know that you have to first notify your bank that you will be out of the country using credit and/or debit cards and which countries or your ATM withdrawals may be denied because of suspected fraud! You also must have contingency plans if your money is stolen or lost and you are far from home. Keep in touch with family and friends so they know where you are at all times and where you are going for safety reasons!


Good luck.

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