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paweber

Long haul trip in Asia. Need itinerary help

by paweber »

Maybe you can focus just on Southeast Asia. Fly into Singapore and from there take advantage of the low cost Asian airlines to go off and visit different places in the region. Singapore is a good introduction to a multicultural Asian society, very easy to get around and has some of the best, cheap food in SE Asia. Good place to base yourself and make side trips to various regional destinations.

Given your parameters I'd suggest visiting Vietnam (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang) along with Siem Riep, Cambodia. I just visited Hanoi in June and really enjoyed my stay. Friendly people, inexpensive, generally easy to get around and great food.

If you want to add on:

Mynamar (formerly Burma) is getting expensive and doesn't have the tourism infrastructure in place like its neighbors. If you can afford it, go, before it becomes too westernized.

Malaysia has several interesting places to visit, offers a good tourism infrastructure including intercity bus service. Easy to reach Kuala Lumpur from Singapore via cheap, luxury bus (or a train). Many beach destinations in Malaysia that are not as well known as those in neighboring Thailand. Less expensive in Malaysia than Thailand and fewer tourists. I like Malaysia and would go back.

Thailand for me is a mixed bag. I love visiting the country but it is more expensive than its neighbors and the tourist sites can get very crowded.

 

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kmichael

RE: Long haul trip in Asia. Need itinerary help

by kmichael »

Hello Frommer's experts!  

I need your input. 

I've been saving up for a month long trip in Asia. I'll stay at cheap guesthouses, get around by public transportation. Would like to see two countries in that time (or a country that has very different regions) and see very varied sites (and have different experiences in each). Wondering if you think I should combine:

-Vietnam and Cambodia

or 

-Burma and Thailand (though I'm worried about finding places to stay in Burma and don't want to take a tour there)

or

-Just go to different regions of China

Key issues: affordable, good public transportation, lots of variety (I'd like to see the classic sites and museums, but also dig in to the local cultures, see what life's like in Asia. It'll be my first time. I've traveled extensivley in South America, so I know how to do rugged, cheap travel).

Thanks for your help.

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kmichael

RE: Long haul trip in Asia. Need itinerary help

by kmichael »

Thank you so much for your feedback. Apologies for the delay in posting sooner (the holidays got in the way). You're making Vietnam and Cambodia sound like the top choice (and I am interested in seeing some of the Vietnam War sites). Many thanks for your detailed reply.

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RE: Long haul trip in Asia. Need itinerary help

by Pauline Frommer »

Sorry to be joining this conversation late. Frankly, I think going to different areas of China might be the way to go. There really is tremendous variety, especially if you go to some of the areas of great natural beauty or that had a very different type of history (like Macau or Hong Kong). Not that you'll go wrong with any of your proposed itineraries. I hope you'll come back and let us know how it goes! Happy New Year!

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RE: Long haul trip in Asia. Need itinerary help

by Mango »

I agree on China. A FASCINATING and extremely complex country. If you go to different regions (you can hop around by plane) you'll feel like you've gone to several countries. 

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dian11

RE: Long haul trip in Asia. Need itinerary help

by dian11 »

This is very good for me :)

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