***im going to start by saying this will probably end up being a pretty large post but anyone who makes the effort to read it and give us some advice we thank you dearly!!
We will be leaving NZ mid March for our (roughly) 3 month backpacking trip. We are traveling on a low-medium budget and accommodation wise we aren't after anything fancy just a private, clean room with a/c. For food we are planning to eat street food for the cheap cost and cultural value. Where possible we ideally want to travel around by bus, again for the cost and so we can see the countryside. (can anyone give us a rough cost of what they think we will be spending each day based on this info??)
While definitely wanting to visit a few of the big attractions in each of these countries (Bagan, Angkor etc), we ideally want to stay off the beaten track. Not to the extent that we are traveling to the most remote places of each country but far enough to avoid the tourist masses and meet locals who see us as people, not dollar signs.
We dont want to be rushing through a crammed itinerary and want to be traveling at our own pace. Attractions for us would include nature/wildlife (we are only keen to view wildlife in its natural habitat, we don't want to support the imprisonment of animals), cultural attractions, temples, treks, and just generally experiencing the way of life of the country and its people (we are both really social people and love meeting new people).
This is a rough itinerary i have put together (all travel by bus unless stated)
Arrive in Bangkok and fly to yangon
Yangon 3 nights > Bagan 2 nights > Monywa 2 nights > Inle Lake 2 nights > Kyaikto 1 night > Hpa-an 2 nights > Mawlamyine 2 nights > Dawei and surrounding beaches 3 nights
Bus from Dawei to Bangkok > Fly bangkok to Da Nang
Hoi an 2 nights > Hue 2 nights > Phong Nga Ke Bang 2 nights > Hanoi 3 nights > Cao Bang 2 nights > Ha Giang 2 nights > Sapa 2 nights.
Bus from Sapa to Muang Khua
Muang Khua 1 night > Vieng Thong (Nam Nern safari) 3 nights > Muang Ngoy 2 nights > Luang Prabang 3 nights > Vang Vieng 3 nights > Vientienne 1 night > Pakse 3 nights
Bus from Pakse to Kratie
Kratie 2 nights > Sen Monorom 3 nights > Phnom Penh 3 nights > Siem Riep 3 nights > Preah Vihear (unsure where to stay to visit this temple??)
Fly from Siem Riep to Thailand
we dont really have a clue where we want to go in thailand (Chiang Mai looks nice so probably a few nights there) so if anyone can suggest anything that would be appreciated.
Contrary to what i said above we do want to finish off our trip with a week or so relaxing in a nice hotel in Phuket.
well now you've finally read all that if anyone can offer any advice on places we have missed or places that we should give a miss and just any advice in general about our trip that would be greatly appreciated!!