Advice on our Itinerary
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Dec 26, 2011 12:21 PM Last Post By: lucapal
Dec 19, 2011 4:13 AM
Advice on our ItineraryHi there, me and my girlfriend are planning on backpacking around Asia and South America from July and are after some advice please. So far our itinerary is as follows:
1/7 - Fly London to Goa, spend 4 weeks in India
1/8 - Overland to Nepal 2 weeks here
15/8 - Fly to Singapore spend 4 weeks around Malaysia/Borneo
15/9 - Travel overland spending 4 weeks in Thai islands
15/10 - Travel overland spending 6 weeks in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
1/12 - Travel overland through Thailand ending up in Bangkok for Christmas/New Year
3/1/13 - Fly Bangkok to Beijing, spend 4 weeks in China (Xian, Shanghai, Hong Kong)
10/2 - Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
12/2 - Fly Hong Kong to Quito, spend 4 weeks Galapagos islands aswell
12/3 - Overland to Peru, spend 4 weeks Inca Trail aswell
12/4 - Overland to Bolivia spend 4 weeks
12/5 - Overland to Argentina spend 4 weeks
12/6 - Fly home from B.A.
This itinerary is a rough guide, dates are not specific etc.
We have a budget of £20,000 between us not including flights (statravel have quoted us £2100 each for them) insurance, equipment.
Were not big drinkers, will stop in hostels etc.
Galapos islands we want to do ourselves, fly over stop in hostels on islands.
Our questions are:
Does our budget seem realistic?
Does our time scale seem realistic?
Advice for travelling through India in July, will weather make it unbearable?
Advice for New Year in Bangkok, is it good there or any other suggestions?
Travelling in China before CNY? Is it possible with trains getting booked? and is it worth staying in HK for CNY?
Thanks in advance for your help and advice, i will check often and reply to anyone needing anymore information from us to help us out.
Dec 19, 2011 11:47 AM
You have the makings of a great trip. In my view you seem to have put a good period of time to see a nice bit of each country. On what looks like a rightish budget it's good that you have chosen cheaper countries to travel in. That said I think you might be a little short on your budget.
India in July will be monsoon season, still a great place to travel in though it will be low season in goa, most beaches will closed and swimming conditions will be dangerous, best bet will be to spend your time in the north of India.
Dec 19, 2011 12:54 PM
Dec 19, 2011 2:59 PM
3Any reason you need to be in Bangkok for New Years? You are basically travelling through Thailand to get to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia then travelling all the way back to Bangkok again. You then fly Bangkok to Beijing to travel south again to visit Xian, Hong Kong and Shanghai. To me it would make more sense to do the Thai islands then do Thailand - Laos - Cambodia - Vietnam - China all overland. Should also save you some money on flights.
Dec 19, 2011 4:23 PM
4Agree with #3 regarding Thailand - Laos - Cambodia - Vietnam - China overland. This makes much more sense as you don't have to backtrack.
I would suggest you to fly from Singapore to Borneo Malaysia, then fly to Kuala Lumpur, and make your way up to the Thai islands.
For Thai islands, you should stick to the gulf of Thailand (eg. Ko Samui, Ko Tao, Ko Phangan), as it'll be the wet season on the andaman side (eg. Krabi, Phuket).
If you will be in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year, make sure you go to Tsim Sha Tsui's harbour front to watch the spectacular firework on the 2nd night of CNY. There is also a float parade. Locals flock to a couple of temples on different dates. It is a nice experience.
Dec 20, 2011 1:53 AM
5I think your time scale is pretty good.........India in July is doable though be prepared for some rain.You may have to change plans if places are completely flooded,but you have enough time built in to cope with that.
I agree that budget may be a little light,though you have chosen mostly cheap places.The real strain on your budget will be the Galapagos and the 4 weeks in Argentina at the end.Still,if you have little money left at that point you can spend more time in Bolivia and cut Argentina down.
Also agree with #3...unless you MUST be in Bangkok for New Year it makes much more sense(and will be cheaper) to do it all overland
Dec 20, 2011 3:36 AM
Dec 21, 2011 5:58 AM
I've never been to HK for CNY, but Beijing is beautiful. If you've never been to China at all, I would recommend Beijing for CNY, however it depends on what you're going for.
Beijing feels more specificially Chinese, where HK has a beautiful blend of Western and Chinese influences.
Regardless of where you end up, if you are planning on overland travel to get there and away, buy train tickets at least 3 days in advance. I repeat, at least 3 days in advance; both ways.
If you do end up in Beijing, Pingyao is a great town in between Beijing and Xi'an where we got stuck (for reasons mentioned above) for a few days. I wouldn't change it, and I would definitely go back, but it's only fair to know what you're up against.
Dec 25, 2011 4:30 AM
Dec 25, 2011 6:10 AM
I think 4 weeks is for Ecuador plus Galapagos....4 weeks only there would cost a fortune!
Dec 26, 2011 12:05 PM
Dec 26, 2011 12:21 PM
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