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Help please! Trying to plan a Southeast Asia trip!

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Hey guys, so my girlfriend and I just booked our tickets from Vancouver to Denpasar end of April, and returning to Vancouver from Beijing end of June. I'm really wanting to see lots of Indonesia for obvious reasons so I'm thinking a couple weeks there should be enough to see quite a few things? The other places I'm wanting to see are: Singapore, Singapore I'm thinking 3 days there should suffice, Cambodia to see the Angkor Wat and Bangkok, Thailand I'm thinking two-three weeks in Cambodia and Thailand should be enough or is there a lot more to see? From there I'm thinking Hong Kong for another 3 - 5 days, then some of China (Great Wall especially) for another two weeks..? We're probably going to be flying everywhere and my budget is 25K which I think is pretty reasonable for Southeast Asia.
Can you guys help me out on what places I'm missing that are totally worth seeing, any countries in that area that I shouldn't miss? Just general information about these areas would be highly appreciated guys.

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    What a luxury to have all that time to visit!

    I'll give you some suggestions, recognizing that I have no idea what your interests are, so take what fits and leave the rest.

    You are stating in Bali - a great way to start a SE Asian tip. You'll likely want a week or two there, dividing your stay between a beach location (Sanur is my favorite) and a location near Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. I recommend against Kuta beach (full of drunk adolescents, touts and vendors) and Nusa Dua (a sterile, purpose-built tourist enclave).

    Form Bali, I'd go to central Java to visit Borobudur and Pranbanam. I have a trip report here if you want details:, but you might just want to peek at some photos that will give you a sense if central Java is for you:

    From there, a few days in Singapore would make sense.

    Unfortunately, you will be in Cambodia and Thailand at the absolutely hottest time of the year. You 'll need to drink lots of water, take breaks to cool off. To prepare for your time in Cambodia, get a copy of Dawn Rooney's book, Angkor: A Guide to Cambodia's Wondrous temples. It takes three full days (that means 4 nights) just to see the major temples, if you re really interested in the temples, you'll want more time. Rooney's book will help you figure out how much time you will want (we spent a week).

    You will want a good amount of time in Bangkok. Bangkok is a place where you can stay in luxe accommodations for moderate prices. I recommend staying along the river. Bangkok has marvelous wats, great food, fascinating shopping. Do you want some beach time while you're in Thailand or do you want to go to the north or just stay in Bangkok?

    Laos is a lovely country, and if you have time, you might take a side trip there, especially to Luang Prabang, the old cultural capital.

    IMO, the most special place in SE Asia is Burma. But you would need at least two weeks there, and Burma takes lots of planning, So I'm not sure it makes sense for this trip and I wouldn't go in April.

    I'll let other help with your China planning, as it's been years since I was last in China and I have to admit it isn't my favorite destination.

    Do browse some of our photos of SE Asia at as that may help you decide where to go more than all the work I can write.

    Have a wonderful trip!

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    Sounds like a great trip. April/May is a good time for Bali and most parts of Indonesia. I'd second the idea of combining Bali with Java -- both Central Java (Borobudur and Yogyakarta) and East Java (the Mt. Bromo area.)

    In Bali you could spend some time at the beach -- I'd suggest the northern part of Seminyak: Petitenget and Batu Belig -- and some time in and around Ubud. If you want to get off the beaten track you can go further north around Munduk and Amed.

    If you want to see some of the less traveled parts of Indonesia you may need to devote more time. My top choice would be Sulawesi -- both Tanah Toraja in Central Sulawesi and the Manado area in North Sulawesi.

    You should try to squeeze in a beach break, somewhere on the east coast of Thailand, which will be welcome after several hot and/or urban destinations and before taking on China.

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