RTW: South East Asia Overland Route
South East Asia Overland Route
One of my favorite parts of the world is also the easiest to travel. Local transportation is budget friendly and generally pretty simple. Traveling overland in SE Asia is cheaper than Central and South America.
Depending on which way you’re traveling, most people start their journey in the region in Bangkok or Bali and make their way down or up. Search for cheap flights using sites such as Travel Republic – the best deals are into travel hubs Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, or Singapore.
You can use this route for a RTW trip or if you’re traveling around Asia for a few months. The minimum time I’d recommend for this route is 3 months. 4-5 months is ideal.
I planned for 3 months on my trip and extended my stay to 5 months once I was already there. You’re money goes such a long way, it’s hard to leave!
This is a commonly traveled overland route. You can adjust it as needed depending if you’re traveling East or West.
(use local transportation buses/trains to travel)
Thailand: Bangkok – Ayathuya – Sukothai – Chang Mai
Laos: Chang Mai – Vientienne – Vang Vien (Tubing) – Luang Prabang
Vietnam: Luang Prabang – Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi (Halong Bay) – Hue – Hoi An – Nha Trang – Mui Ne – HCMC / Saigon
Cambodia: HCMC/Saigon – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
Thailand: Siem Reap – Bangkok – Ko Tao (diving) – Ko Pagnan (Full Moon Party) – Phuket (or Krabi) – Phi Phi Islands – Krabi
Malaysia: Krabi – Kuala Lumpur
Singapore: Kuala Lumpur – Singapore
Fly Singapore – Bali