It’s time to reveal our plans for travelling through South East Asia – the only part of the trip we’ve planned in some detail! Its an area we’ve backpacked around before, back in 2005 when we travelled through China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. This time we want to see some new places – this is our route around South East Asia!
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South East Asia Backpacking
All in we think we’ll probably spend around 11 weeks in South East Asia backpacking, and as its the start of our honeymoon we’ve decided to up the budget for the first couple of weeks and have some luxury to begin our trip in Koh Tao. Thailand has so many options for great beaches, we found it hard to choose but in the end we chose Koh Tao because it is seemingly much quieter than the bigger island resorts, and is also great for scuba diving. Also, we’re hoping we miss the worst of the wet season in June this way. Otherwise we may as well stay in the UK!
After this the real backpacking adventure begins. Where to go first? We looked at all sorts of options; should we head back up to Bangkok, and go overland from Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia? Or should we fly from Bangkok to Hanoi and go overland from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, to Siem Reap/Bangkok before heading off to Bali? In the end, we decided we really wanted to see Laos, so we’ve planned a different route entirely, travelling overland from Chumpon to Phuket, and then flying from Phuket to Chang Mai in the north of Thailand.
From there, we travel overland from Chang Mai into Laos, with our ultimate destination of Hanoi in Vietnam. We’re hoping to go north in Laos to avoid some of the traditional tourist trail, but haven’t researched it properly yet! Any tips?
We then travel overland from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, and from there we enter Cambodia, where we hope to spend some time in Sihaoukville on the beach, before our ultimate destination of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat!
After a number of weeks of travelling, we’ll be looking forward to a couple of weeks relaxing in Bali before our next big push across Australia! Cant wait!
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