Cost per person 150 MYR (at the time this was $50 NZD). Of course a lot has happened during this year, and first of all we want to thank you all for following along on our journey! Average daily spend = $123.30 (excluding one-off costs we budgeted for separately like travel insurance, dental work etc) which is $49.20 under budget per day. Wow, you should return to Phong Nha now and see how much it has changed. Nha Trang (6) is Vietnam's pre-eminent beach party town, whereas Mui Ne(7… Catch a boat to Hpa-an (3) before visiting one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the country, Kyaiktiyo (4). This would have been a cost of $37 US per person but ended up getting our bus assistant from Thailand to Cambodia to arrange the visas during the bus trip and they cost us $40 US per person ($56 NZD). We ended up choosing our favourite place, Phong Nha. We have been travelling the world together since 2008, with a passion for adventure travel and sustainable tourism. To break free of the tourist route head to isolated Umphang (5), where the surrounding mountains are perfect for trekking. Cheers to your SE Asian adventures, it was amazing to follow them , Thanks so much Nina! Finish this itinerary among the teeming marine life of Pulau Sipadan (12), one of the top dive sites in the world. There’s plenty to discover by starting in Sumatra’s Bukit Lawang and Danau Toba (1), the famous orang-utan centre, soaring volcanoes and island retreats among them. Happy travels mate! Hey! After winning the World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship he got sent to Europe for 3 weeks to do a writing course with a Lonely Planet author. As 2014 drew closer to an end, we needed somewhere to settle down and get on top of some projects we have. Boracay (7) also shouldn’t be missed, home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and nightlife rivalling Manila. Rough Guides® is a trademark owned by Apa Group with its headquarters at Remember that everyone travel differently, it’s your own journey and you should not feel bad if you miss something or you spent too much. That should just about take us into 2016, we think. Good luck with your own plans . Looking forward to your reports from Central Asia – that’s definitely on our list of must see SOON! Kalaw (5) is a perfect base for treks to ethnic-minority villages, and traditional life at Inle Lake (6) shouldn’t be missed either. Thailand (arrived via land) – arranged a 60 day visa in Malaysia before entering. I’ve been living and travelling around Southeast Asia since 2015.I’ve witnessed so many changes over the years one of those is the significant change in the cost of travelling in Southeast Asia.. ZERO trips to a doctor or hospital!! Singapore (1) is an easy introduction to Southeast Asia with its array of tourist-friendly pleasures. You can’t expect to fit everything Southeast Asia has to offer into one trip – or two or three or four, to be fair – and we don’t suggest you try. Surfers flock to the acclaimed reef breaks of Siargao (5), while the captivating sunsets and limited electricity at both Malapascua and Bantayan (6) typifies island living at its best. highlights from our first 6 months of backpacking in Southeast Asia. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Then once we cross China it is time for Central Asia! Cost per person $30 US ($44.25 NZD). Commence among the old-world charms of Thailand's Phetchaburi (1), then take a trip to the paradisiacal islands of Ko Tao (2) and Ko Pha Ngan (3) for raging moon parties or a detox. Lots more cool adventures coming up, we promise . Start by soaking up the compelling energy of Manila (1), a convenient gateway to some of the country’s more inaccessible areas. Use Rough Guides' trusted partners for great rates. Go tailor-made! A simple uttering of the famous name will, Everything you need to know about canyoning in Dalat. Take a pre-dawn hike up to the crater rim of still-smoking Gunung Bromo (4), adventure the many wonders of Hindu Bali and hop over the Lombok (6) and the Gili Islands for adventures in paradise. Thanks so much for the kind words. Switzerland, Plan your tailor-made trip with a local expert, Travel stress-free with local assistance and 24/7 support, YOUR SOUTHEAST ASIA ITINERARY: 8 IDEAS FOR EXPLORING THE REGION, The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget. Our NOMADasaurus brand has been taking off, and our following has grown substantially. PS: hope that our paths will cross again someday, somewhere…. Update: Check out our video from the experience below! A real career-changer for us, and he flew out of and into from Phnom Penh. Nature and adventure buffs alike will love Gunung Mulu National Park (9), Kinabalu National Park (10) and the wildlife outside of Sandakan (11). ( Log Out /  Take the train across the Goteik viaduct to Hsipaw (9), an increasingly popular trekking base and finish with a hot-air-balloon ride over the awe-inspiring temples of Bagan (10). Happy travels mate. Thank you to everyone who has followed our travels and now as we enter our second year, we have so far spent five days in Taiwan and East Asia and we are already seeing and commenting on numerous differences. Take the train down to imperial architecture of Hué (4), make a day-trip to the DMZ, then move south to charming Hoi An (5). Happy travels buddy! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Happy Travels! Southeast Asia has made our shortlist conversation every year when we debate how to spend our month away in the fall. This marks the official end of our epic Southeast Asia motorbike adventure. Chaing Mai (6) is always a backpacking favourite, but an amble through the arty night markets and excellent live-music bars of Pai (7) shouldn’t be missed either. Check out the highlights from our first 6 months of backpacking in Southeast Asia. Attractive Kuching (7) is an ideal base for visits to the Iban longhouses, and a journey along the 560km Batang Rajang (8) river into the heart of Sarawak is unforgettable. Start in colonial streets of Hanoi (1), the country’s historical, political and cultural capital. Kick off in Yangon (1) for street markets and the glorious Shwedagon Paya, then go to Mawlamyine (2), Myanmar's third largest city. Travel is definitely not a race mate, and you and Franca have done a fair bit yourselves! Conclude this itinerary in the cool mountain villages of the Igorot tribes in the Cordillera (8), nestled among jaw-dropping rice-terrace scenery. ( Log Out /  So excited to see what’s up and coming. Fantastic adventure guys! I am now really impatient to read your Chinese adventures, and of course Central Asia, which I still have to discover completely! Your email address will not be published. Cost per person $60 US ($82.50 NZD). Therefore, I did not visit Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, as I had recently been on separate trips to those countries (see these summarised at the end for more details.) Begin with the unmissable two-day trip down the Mekong River from Houayxai to Luang Prabang (1), the city of golden spires. Rent a bicycle to explore the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya (3) and then make for the elegant temple remains in Sukhothai (4). Thanks very much Dave. Learn how your comment data is processed. In March we will cross into China, and then zig-zag our way around the country. Thanks very much Gilles. Cambodia (arrived via land) – 30 day visa on arrival, tried to purchase via the Cambodian ‘E-Visa’ website numerous times but wouldn’t work. Southeast Asia covers about 4.5 million km 2 (1.7 million mi 2), which is 10.5% of Asia or 3% of earth's total land area. Amazing what you have done in one year, and how you succeeded to go Off The Beaten Track in countries where you also have mass tourism. Go for a sail around the famed natural wonders of Ha Long Bay (2), before heading to the northern hills to the ethnic minority villages orbiting Sa Pa(3). But move on to Melaka (2) for a fascinating mix of cultures and an ideal first stop in Malaysia. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran and into Turkey. It’s an area that really requires enough dedicated time to make any sort of dent and with the luxury of a bit of time on our side, we’ve always brainstormed what a month in this magnetic region would look like. 7 different countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand (twice), Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan), 8 difference currencies/exchange rates (we added US in here as you really need US dollars in Cambodia – even if they give you a mix of their local Riel & US dollars as change, most things are quoted in US dollars), 36 travel days (including 6 flights, 2 sleeper trains, 1 sleeper bus, 7 boats, rental cars, numerous versions of coaches, mini buses/vans & tuk tuks and some days a combination of more than one form of transport, including our feet crossing some of the land borders), 38 different beds (including apartments, stand alone houses, hotels, guesthouses, bungalows, bunking down with family, a treehouse and even a night in a family home in rural Laos.

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