On my way to Asia
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Sep 14, 2012 7:42 PM Last Post By: ejump0
Aug 21, 2012 8:43 AM
On my way to AsiaHello everyone,
I'm really need an advice. A year ago when I finished my school I went to Spain on my own to travel and work a bit. I didn't knew anyone and couldn't speak Spanish either, but everything went just perfectly good.
Now I'm back to Lithuania and I want to go somewhere further. I'm planing to go to Malaysia I need to get there till the end of October, after I get there I'm planing to join one crew and visit remote Islands all around Asia. But I don't have enough money to take a flight, and I've never traveled out of Europe before.
If anyone took a similar route, please give me an advice, what transport should I take? Train? Yacht? Random car? Balloon? Something? Where should I search for it? And what should I expect on my way to southern Asia according to my age and gender (I'm 19 years old girl if it makes any difference)?
I hope some of you guys will help me.
Looking forward for your replies
Aug 24, 2012 10:05 AM
Aug 24, 2012 7:47 PM
2I've done that route overland (combination of hitching,buses,trains)...and it takes a long time and costs a hell of a lot more than a flight would ;-)
Don't forget that while you are travelling for weeks/months to get to your destination,as well as transport you need to sleep,eat,drink,pay for visas etc etc.
As anillos says...how much money have you got to spend?
Aug 24, 2012 11:33 PM
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Aug 27, 2012 11:05 AM
Aug 27, 2012 11:08 AM
Aug 27, 2012 11:52 AM
7For 1000 euros....you can fly for sure.Maybe not from Lithuania,but from the major airports of Europe its about 500 euros to fly to Malaysia.
It is not enough to go overland....its enough for your transport but not for all the other things you would need to pay along the way.
Aug 27, 2012 2:38 PM
8For 1000 euros....you can fly for sure.
I agree, you should be able to find a flight from Vilnius to Kuala Lumpur for far less than 1000 Euros. Verify the visa requirements for Malaysia (and, if you need one, its cost), if you have to pay an entry tax (and how much it is)... You could ask in the Asia-South East Asia Islands & Peninsula branch for the visa info. You could ask also what are your chances to be part of a crew and what visa/paperwork you would need for it. Don't forget to have a plan B if your plan of being part of a crew fails.
Sep 7, 2012 2:47 PM
9yup, with 1000 euros , i'm sure its enough . it cost when you have verify visa, cause many people have mark up its price . however you could ask your friends or your family which they have an experience travel to asia
Sep 14, 2012 1:26 AM
10Which part of Malaysia you intend to begin with?
After October is not a good time for island trip in Malaysia as you may find most island is closed for visit due to monsoon rain. However September is still fine. Budgetted island trip depends on which island. Islands popular :
1. Langkawi (Yachting 100usd for 4 hours/pax, 99 islands to hop with private charter or group tour, nearest Maldives of Thailand is reachable "Tarutao National Park Thai")
2. Penang Island (City with lots of histories, culture, clubs and Penang Hill)- about 100 usd per day for food & transport & maybe a pint of beer with one day accommodation at boutique hotel-Dragon Inn) Penang is not suitable for island hoping as the only place to see coral is Pulau Paya which you may visit if you plan to go Langkawi.
3. Pulau Redang/Perhentian (about boat from mainland to island cost about 30usd per way+30usd per night B&B with dinner & lunch- a normal package for 4 days 3 night with snorkeling island hoping cost about 200usd)
4. Pangkor Island more upscale
If you are commencing from east Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak) mostly cultural/tropical forest/swamp/island related activities). Get around with chartering of private car for about 80usd/day or flights with Air Asia-public transport is cheaper )
Activities which you can include are generally more of cultural exploration and jungle hiking.
Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu, Manuka Island, tunku abdul rahman marine park (all for approx 500usd for budget accomodation/food/island hoping/hiking for 10 days!)
You may add Brunei or part of Indonesia to your itinerary.
Upscale island include Mabul Island, Sipadan which is very costly appox 500 usd per night.
If you are landing at Kuala Lumpur(KL), you probable need 5usd per meal (lower end), 10usd (comfort food-excluding alcoholic beverage), transportation could cost up to 20-30usd for taxi and taking train is cheap about 3-5usd per return trip.
for travelling between states (Malaysia has 14 states) check Aeroline for coaches price and time/cost. easibook.com provide good list of option.
Hope this little information help. :)
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