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Hubby & I have never been to Asia; lots of Europe, but no Asia. We have always wanted to visit V, T, & C, China, & Japan (big area!) so we are going to begin planning a 3-weeks-on-the-ground trip, concentrating on V, T, & C. Knowing 3 weeks is not enough for 3 countries, will gladly accept your advice re: which countries to include/eliminate. Our #1 spot is Vietnam.

Before we begin our research, would greatly appreciate some 'expert' advice on the best time of year, weatherwise. Realize we can do an internet check for weather, but obviously that is not as good as Fodorites' experiences & knowledge. We live in Indiana, so we like the daytime to be cool when we travel - 50-75 degrees F. We also do not like high humidity (does anyone - I suppose - maybe?).

If you want to include the best time for the least amount of crowds in a given best weather time, that will be great also.

Then there is the rain! We don't want to be on the TV news as 2 Americans lost in the flood, because silly Americans don't know when to travel to these countries! And obviously for more enjoyable siteseeing, the least amount of rain is a good thing for us.

I had planned on just asking about the weather, but if you want to include more info, that would be wonderful. I realize my responsibility for doing my own research & will do so, since I micro-manage our trips (per hubby & son). However, our local book stores do not carry any travel guides on these areas. On Monday we are going to a Map/Travel store in downtown Indy & hope to find something there. Since I don't know which is the best guide(s), I'd like to see what I am buying, rather than order on the internet, unless of course, someone on here gives me recommendations. I will begin my internet research asap, of course.

We can lengthen the trip by about 1 week max, if necessary, so as not to miss the must see special place(s), but prefer 3 weeks. We do not like rustic; we like good old American hotel amenities, similar to US chains. For Europe we stay around $200 per nite for hotels, but have gone up to $300 if not for too long. Obviously, below $200 for a great hotel is wonderful! If the nite air will be warm or the hotel will be stuffy, we like well functioning AC.

We would not want outdoor adventure activities, such as, surfing, mountain climbing, long biking - things one should be routinely doing at home & physically fit for such - we aren't! We aren't ones to sit on a beach either.

I read one trip report about going off the beaten track into villages & riding in a boat with elephant dung filled water swirling around their feet - so NOT us!

It seems that our travel focus is usually on history. We would love to have some guided tours on the military history of the countries.

We are not adverse to guided tours, group or individual - depends on the tour & the price, of course.

We are going to have to fly 1st class because the confines of a coach seat on such long flights just make me sick. We would not mind staying 1 or 2 nights in California to break up the flight time. So, we may plan our itinerary based on the cost of the 1st class air.

Thanks in advance for any help, Julie

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