I’m going to write a more detailed blog with advice and finer details, but here are the basics. To set the scene, if you like.
Let me know if you have any specific questions.
I spent September 2012 in South East Asia with my friend Louise;
– 3 days in Hong Kong (off map!)
– Fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (A).
– Head North through Temerloh (B) and Jerantut (C) to the Taman Negara rainforest (D).
– Spend a few days on the Perhentian Islands (E).
– North to Phuket, Thailand (F).
– Across to Surat Thani (G) and onto Koh Phan-Ngan (H).
– Sleeper train north to Bangkok (J), where we spent our final days, including one at Kanchanaburi (I).
We flew Cathay Pacific (booked through STA travel), costing only £600 for all flights, we travelled by sleeper train, coach, minibus, boat, motorbike…, and we stayed with two friends along the way; expat family friends in Hong Kong and a year-abroad friend in Kuala Lumpur.
As a first big independent travel for the both of us, we played it relatively safe, sticking to the well-trodden path and having a pretty good plan in place before we left. On the whole we had an amazing time, it was a great experience, but it taught me a lot about travelling.