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post #121 of 169
Bangkok is awsome place.
Cheap accommodation
http://www.khaosanroad.com/all_accom...ommodation.htm
http://www.khaosanroad.com/green_house/rooms.htm
post #122 of 169
If you go to Bangkok be sure to catcha match at Lumpini or Ratchadamnoen.
post #123 of 169
Don't think anyone has mentioned it, but Bali is defiantly worth seeing (island in Indonesia). I was there for a month in 2000, and I'd love to go back. The whole place is a tropical paradise and everything is dirt cheap. They have plentiful beaches for snorkeling, old temples, restaurants where you can eat fresh daily catches right on the beach. People are friendly and used to dealing with tourists. Just stay away from Kuta as it's more commercialized and trashy. I can't recommend Bali highly enough.

Plus you can see monkeys. Everyone loves monkeys.
post #124 of 169
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So I realized my itinerary suffers from two isses: it is too ambitious and structured, and I did not take into account the Indian summer.

For one thing, I will not be visiting most of India, because I don't think it will be enjoyable at all in 110 degree weather. This is the advice I got from all of the Indian people I have spoken to. I may still include some of the mountainous and Northern parts in my journey, where the temperatures are cooler. This may include Ladakh, Leh, Sikkim, Darjeeling, and Dharamsala.

Other Northern areas I might include are Nepal and Mongolia/Beijing. Tibet seems to be a hassle to get into. I expect this northern part of the trip to take 30-40 days.

The other part of the trip, I will choose either Indochina (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, maybe Vietnam) or Indonesia. Basically I won't have more than 30 days to do these parts so I won't be going in with a set itinerary - only the necessary Visas and I'll wing it from there.
post #125 of 169
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For one thing, I will not be visiting most of India, because I don't think it will be enjoyable at all in 110 degree weather. This is the advice I got from all of the Indian people I have spoken to.


remember, the indians that you talk to in the states are the pussies that couldn't take it over there. don't take their advice !!

(just kidding)

I would get to mumbai and hyderabad, as well as agra. you can probrably skip the other parts of the south.

Nepal was great, but I haven't been there since the government changed.


have fun, in any event.
post #126 of 169
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This may include Ladakh, Leh,

These would be a good substitute for Tibet. Culturally they are very similar, but you have a lot more freedom of movement in Ladakh. There is also no general air of repression and cultural annihilation.
post #127 of 169
If you end up in Laos let me know, my cousin runs a travel agency in Vientiane, maybe I can help if you're not to sure what to do in Laos.
post #128 of 169
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If you end up in Laos let me know, my cousin runs a travel agency in Vientiane, maybe I can help if you're not to sure what to do in Laos.

It's pretty safe to stay with locals in villages, if I end up going that route?
post #129 of 169
I think you ought to get a pith helmet.
post #130 of 169
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It's pretty safe to stay with locals in villages, if I end up going that route?

Yeah, there is a ton of foreigners in that area just roaming around now. You'll be safe. Shit, you know the raining season is coming up but from what I've gathered it doesn't look like you will be affected.
post #131 of 169
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Can anyone give me advice on what to pack as far as pants are concerned? I understand that the majority of Southeast Asian men wear long pants almost all the time. Is it a bad idea to wear shorts in these countries? I don't want to stand out as a dumb tourist, but at the same time I don't want to get a heat stroke. Plus I would rather err on the side of underpacking. Anyone got a viewpoint on this?
post #132 of 169
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Can anyone give me advice on what to pack as far as pants are concerned? I understand that the majority of Southeast Asian men wear long pants almost all the time. Is it a bad idea to wear shorts in these countries? I don't want to stand out as a dumb tourist, but at the same time I don't want to get a heat stroke. Plus I would rather err on the side of underpacking. Anyone got a viewpoint on this?

Not familiar with SE Asia, as I was just a tourist there as well, but I would think long pants and long shirt = less mosquito bites. At least that was my reason for long pants, also you're less likely to get burned I suppose.
post #133 of 169
You are going to stand out as a Tourist no matter what you do... So I would suggest packing both short (so that you don't overheat) and long pants for nights when you don't want to be a mosquito magnet. My advice is, don't overpack whatever article of clothing best suits the region will be sold there. I am from Malaysia BTW.
post #134 of 169
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Can anyone give me advice on what to pack as far as pants are concerned? I understand that the majority of Southeast Asian men wear long pants almost all the time. Is it a bad idea to wear shorts in these countries? I don't want to stand out as a dumb tourist, but at the same time I don't want to get a heat stroke. Plus I would rather err on the side of underpacking. Anyone got a viewpoint on this?
it's hot, wear shorts. If you don't want to look like a backpacker, then for the love of god do not buy 1/ Thai fisherman pants, 2/ any t-shirt with a local beer brand 3/ any t-shirt with a flag on it 4/ any hat that "the locals traditionally wear" Other than that, wear whatever.
post #135 of 169
metrostyle where are you going? Have you decided yet?
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