Travel: Questions on backpacking Southeast Asia

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by palmerc2, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. palmerc2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Not the typical topic on here, but I figured at least a handful of people on these boards are interested in world travel :)

    On the first week of December I'm going to go on a backpacking trip to Southeast Asia for my first time and I'm thinking about going for about 3-4 months until about March.

    As a preliminary idea, here's my thoughts...

    Fly to Melbourne, Australia for a few days, then Perth / west coast (Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef, etc) for about a week. Then from Perth, fly to Bali and work my way north with no set plan or itinerary. Seeing many places along the way.....Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore,Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

    My questions are....
    #1 Should I do it the other way around? Start perhaps in Hanoi and work my way south to Indonesia then finish in Australia? I'm sort of leaning this way as I'd like to be in Western Australia in March to swim with whale sharks. Then perhaps flying to Central America directly from Sydney, but that's another topic.

    #2 Since I will be there for both Christmas and New Years, how is it in Southeast Asia for the holiday's, and is there anywhere in particular that's amazing to be for them?

    #3 Approximately how long should I stay in an area? What about approximately how long in each country? When I backpacked in Europe it was about 2-3 days, just wondering if this is any different.

    If you have any must see places in each of the countries listed above, I'd appreciate hearing about them! If it helps, I'm not scared of traveling anywhere, no matter how dangerous it may be.
  2. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    If you have good legs I think that 3 days is enough to get the gist of what a certain place has to offer, and to see the musts. I usually end up walking 20-25 km daily.

    Singapore, given its Chinese population, ought to have some interesting show at the waterfront for Chinese New Year. But that's only if you can make it, as the New Year falls on February 8.

    Personally I'd rather spend time in HK/Guangzhou to get some real megacity feel, rather than Australia, but that's up to you. I would not recommend going to China during the New Year period though. Every point of interest is crowded beyond belief by Chinese tourists.

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