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How long should I spend travelling SEA?

Posted by maabee on 14/10/2012 at 06:51

Hi All! I've saved up enough to travel SEA for a year (on a budget!) but was wondering if I should instead cut my time down to maybe around 6 months or less? I could then travel Eastern Europe or Central/South America as well for a few months instead. I'm just wondering if after a few months in SEA I'll be starting to wish I had took the chance to visit some where else. I'm happy to go at a slow pace as time isn't an issue, hopefully I should visit the whole of SEA except maybe the Philippines ...

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First advice greatly appreciated!

Posted by JustBreathe on 12/10/2012 at 22:05

Hi everyone, I am going to Ghana for a nursing practicum until the end of May and then plan to continue on to SEA for June and possible July with a friend. I am researching itineraries and trying to work out a tentative plan but I am getting overwhelmed with blogs about weather seasons, safety concerns, and the number of places to explore. I am interested primarily in nature, historical sites, and local life but with a taste of faster-paced towns mixed in. I am happy to stay in hostels and eat a ...

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Posted by laurid21010 on 13/10/2012 at 08:57

Hi, Me and a friend are planning a 10 week trip to Thailand, cambodia, vietnam and laos. We go on on 7th Nov and plan to go straight to Cambodia from Bangkok within a few days. Then onto Vietnam and possibly Laos or the other way round. We will have 6 weeks to do Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos is this enough or would it be worth cutting one out? We would be heading to the South of Thailand for Christmas time for 4 weeks. Thoughts please? ...

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Island Hopping - Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngan (Early Nov)

Posted by theone on 12/10/2012 at 06:26

Hi, anyone interested in island hopping for about 9-10days. Planning to start from Bangkok from 2nov and take a flight down to Ko Samui. Please free to give any feedback if you did it before. ...

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Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in 2 months for a solo female traveler

Posted by linalfonso on 27/3/2012 at 19:34

I'm a 23 year old colombian girl, i'm really new into the traveling alone experience and I'm thinking on doing the trip plan suggested for the four countries in 2 months, starting at the end of may, but i'm still worry about going alone. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if you have tried this trip plan, if 2 months is enough time and if i should just go ahead and stop thinking is a bit scary to travel all this time alone. I would really appreciate you comments and suggestions. ...

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24 female looking for travel buddies or anyone who has any tips for a solo traveller :)

Posted by mycs1106 on 10/10/2012 at 14:38

Hey there! I'm flying in to Bangkok on Nov. 1 and flying out Dec. 3. This is the first time I'm going solo on a place I haven't been to EVER so I'm kinda nervous, excited and all that fooshizle ) I really want to visit some beaches, go to a cooking class and celebrate Loi Krathrong in Thailand, for sure go to see angkor wat in Cambodia and take a cooking class and cruise the ha long bay in Vietnam.If time permitting, go pass by Laos. I'm kinda worried it might be a tight schedule and I might m ...

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TRAVEL BUDDY/ADVICE for SE Asia, September 2012 onwards

Posted by RC2012 on 16/4/2012 at 09:19

Hi, Im 22 and travelling alone, I'm leaving from London and will be landing in Bangkok in early September, I want to embrace the true backpackers experience so I will be going with no timecales or planned route but here is what I want to go, Thailand (north & south) Laos Vietnam Cambodia Malaysia Singpore Indonesia Australia New Zealand I know I will need a visa before for Aus/NZ and Vietnam so I will be applying for those while i'm out there but i'm going to just take each day as it comes a ...

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Posted by tuck60 on 7/10/2012 at 07:52

My friend and I will be flying to Bangkok from India to travel around SE Asia for a few months. When we arrive at Bangkok will we need proof of onward travel? We were not planning on pre booking any flights. Thanks ...

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Nature and best outdoor activities

Posted by cath2006uk on 5/10/2012 at 23:11

Hey! I'm currently travelling in Thailand and at the 3rd week of a 3 month trip before heading onto New Zealand for 2 months. I'm thinking this area of the world may not be for me... I'm not such a big fan of Thai cities and urban areas, BUT did really enjoyed my overnight treks in the jungle and the elephant park. So I want to now base my trip around seeing as much nature, stunning scenery, wilderness and doing lots of trekking and outdoor activities (without breaking the bank). Knowing this, ...

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Check my itinerary?

Posted by mjbrennan on 5/10/2012 at 11:23

Who: 21yoM and a 22yoF Budget: up to $50pp/pd USD excluding visas, temple admission, scuba, and transport. When: Dec 26-Jan13 (High Season in Thailand) Preferences: No crazy late night parties, but hopefully not devoid of nightlife. Looking for as much of a cultural experience as a scenic one. Okay how about this itinerary- will I be able to find cheap accommodations during this time? Day 1 Arrive HKG at 8:30PM Dec 27 Ferry to Macau overnight in Macau Day 2 Spend day in Macau, catch lat ...

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Itinerary help please!

Posted by Kimmer2425 on 4/10/2012 at 14:57

Hello and thanks in advance! A friend and I are looking to arrive in Saigon around the 8th of Feb 2013 (give or take a day or 2), and fly out of Bangkok early March - around 3 weeks total. We'd like to head west from HCMC, backpacking and staying in hostels or super cheap bungalows. Mostly looking for mellow beaches and not a huge party scene, and would also like to perhaps see Angkor Wat, spend some time on Ko Chang Noi, and get to some incredible Thai beaches during that time. There's so muc ...

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Budget and Itinerary for 65 days in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia

Posted by Floppy on 2/10/2012 at 10:53

Hi Everyone, I am planning on going to South East Asia for 65 days, leaving on Nov 7 2012 and returning on Jan 10 2013. The current plan: Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong - Huay Xai - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane - Tha Khaek - Dansavanh - Lao Bao - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Mui Ne - Saigon / Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho - Ha Tien - Prek Chak - Sihanoukville - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - O Smach - Chong Jom - Buri Ram - Pattaya - Bang ...

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SEA in 5 Months!

Posted by nathanhough on 27/9/2012 at 07:15

Hi all, My friend and I are looking at 5 months in SEA starting mid April 2013. This is a list of our route (very rough). Have no idea how many days to spend at each place, we will just take it as it comes. 1. Bangkok 2. Chiang Mai 3. Luang Prabang (Slow Boat) 4. Vang Vieng (We like to have a good time but not destroy ourselves) 5. Vietianne 6. Bus trip from Vietianne to Hanoi (This will be an...experience) 7. Halong Bay 8. Hoi An 9. Nha Trang 10. HCM City 11. Phnom Penh (Rocket Launc ...

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12 Months in SEA/Aus - Itinerary nearly done - what do you think?

Posted by StephenCB on 30/9/2012 at 12:12

Hi all, Planning a 1 year trip to Southeast Asia/Aus next year! 6 year old dream coming together Spent the last few weeks reading through all the great advice in these forums. Check out my rough itinerary below. I don't plan to stick to this religiously though it's my rough guide before I leave. What do you think? Am I missing anywhere special? Whatabout my timings? Quick notes: - We’re 2 30 yrs old. - Budget of US$4,000 - US$6,000 a month (I expect to save in some regions tomake up fo ...

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SEA oct and nov

Posted by fergie1471 on 29/9/2012 at 21:08

I will be travelling around SEA solo from 17th oct until 24th nov with only a lose itinerary so just seeing if anyone else is there at the same time and fancy doing a few places together? im looking at kuala lumpur for the motoGP (only £20 for weekend tickets! Paid £130 in spain earlier this year) then over to borneo, cambodia, vietnam then laos for tubing. Let me know if you want to meet up ...

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3 months in SE Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Camb & Laos) - arrive & depart from Bangkok

Posted by AndyPandy on 8/8/2012 at 03:35

Hello everyone, My name is Andy (female!) and in September I'll be travelling to SE Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) for 12 weeks. I arrive back in London the week before Christmas!! EEEEKKK! So the countdown is ON! I fly in and out of Bangkok and understand that the trip I'm taking is a very common one (though I personally don't know anyone whose done it!). Thing is, I've only ever been on organised treks before and never gone backpacking solo... so I'm quite nervous as you can ima ...

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Thailand, Loas, Cambodia, Vietnam plan

Posted by tuck60 on 25/9/2012 at 02:32

My friend and I will be coming to Bangkok from India in June2013. We want to see Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before potentially going on to Malaysia/Singapore. An early route plan we have put together isbelow: Bangkok - Surat Thani - Koh Samui - Koh Phangan - Krabi -Koh Phi Phi - Koh Lanta - Bangkok - Ayuttaya - Lopburi - Sukhothai - Chiang Mai- Chiang Rai - Pai - Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang - Nong Khai -Aranyaprathet - Siem Reap - Battambang -Phnoh ...

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Cell Phone Pay As You Go

Posted by Geer1 on 20/9/2012 at 16:46

Are there any decent pay as you go plans etc that I could use on my phone while travelling through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia? Would primarily use it for texts, emails and the odd call home. Already have a phone I could use just not sure what is available for this. Any pointers appreciated. ...

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roughly weeks in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand

Posted by wags3671 on 17/9/2012 at 09:29

Hi everyone, I will be spending the first three weeks of Nov. in SEA and while I have cut a lot, here is what I am thinking. I will be flying to save time. All suggestions are greatly appreciated. Arrive Hanoi Nov. 1 Nov 2 Hanoi Nov 3 Hanoi Nov 4 Halong Bay Nov 5 Fly to Da Nang to Hoi An Nov 6 Hoi An Nov 7 Hoi An, Fly out to HCMC work way to Can Tho Nov 8 Can Tho Nov 9 Can Tho Nov 10 Fly to Cambodia or do Chau Doc crossing on boat to Siem Rep Nov 11 Angor Wat Nov 12 Angor Wat Nov 13 Ango ...

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Free Months SEA Travel plan

Posted by SinSin23 on 13/9/2012 at 08:34

Hi All, I'm travelling south east asia for a few months before heading to Australia, I would appreciate any advice on my proposed travel route and any reccomendations. I wanted to add Burma to the plan but still undecided on whether or not to do it as it is expensive to get in etc and from what I've read online they are only really accepting tourists if their part of a tour group - i could be completly wrong on this though. Here the route plan so far: Bangkok 3 Days Ayutthaya 4-5 days Lopb ...

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