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A year in Asia advice

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Hello all. I'm hoping you can help me with a little itinerary fine-tuning and advice.

My husband and I are planning a gap year with our two children who will be 10 and 8 when we leave. We'll be travelling independently as far as possible (except Bhutan and Tibet) and have planned a rough itinerary (we're in the UK):

Sept: Jordan (2 weeks, the usual places, Amman, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Red Sea, Petra etc)
Sept - Oct: Nepal (3 weeks, Kathmandu - Pokhara and down to Chitwan)
Oct - Dec: India (8 weeks, starting in Varanasi, Rajasthan, Delhi, hopefully getting to McLeod Ganj and Shimla too)
Dec: Myanmar (2 weeks)
Jan: Thailand (4 weeks, some down-time on the beach, then Bangkok to Chiang Rai)
Feb: Laos (3 weeks, slow boat to Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane
Feb - Mar: Cambodia (4 weeks)
Mar - Apr: Japan (4 weeks, for cherry blossom viewing)
Apr - Jun: China (6 weeks inc. Tibet for EBC, Beijing to Yangshuo, visas permitting)
Jun - Jul: Viet Nam (4 weeks, Hanoi down to HCMC)
Jul - Aug: Indonesia (8 weeks, where to start? Bali, Flores, then Java or Sumatra, hmmm)
Fly back to UK from Singapore

We'd like to get a week in Bhutan in there somewhere too (budget permitting). Should we go before or after touring Nepal? Nepal does flow rather well into India as we can get the train to Varanasi from Gorokphur. Or we could fly to Bhutan from Delhi and out to Bangkok though this would mean going there mid-December.

My question is, does this seem a (reasonably) sensible route? Unfortunately there will have to be quite a few flights but I've tried to avoid too much backtracking. If we weren't travelling with our children then I think we'd just buy a one-way ticket and see how it went, but my husband wants to book the main stops in advance. We also need to have our visas organised.

Are we spending obviously too long/too little time anywhere? (Myanmar I'm looking at you). There's not enough time to see everything we'd like to, even with a year!

Many thanks for any advice.

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