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1st time traveling to Asia......

City Slicker

1st time traveling to Asia......

Any tips or advice for this amateur traveler? Going to be my 1st solo trip and going for 6months... any helpful tips or advice would be helpful
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Re: 1st time traveling to Asia......

When and where are you planing on going?

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City Slicker

Re: 1st time traveling to Asia......

Begin of Feb til Aug. Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong Japan, Etc
County Wise

Re: 1st time traveling to Asia......

i want to do that... safe travels

City Slicker

Re: 1st time traveling to Asia......

Nice! It will be so fun! Tons of great food...hopefully your stomach isn't sensitive! Only pack what you need...lot of things you can just buy there...I would recommend bringing clothes since clothing is harder to buy there since the sizes are pretty small, they don't carry sizes like XXL or XXXL. Maybe bring some meds too (if you are used to american brand)....just in case!

City Slicker

Re: 1st time traveling to Asia......

One of the questions I had before heading over to Southeast Asia was vaccines.  I don't know what sort of health insurance you have, but before I went over I sought out basic vaccinations and would have spent over $400 for most of the vaccines.  

 

If you are spending a decent amount of time over there like I was, look to get vaccines in country.  I got a number of vaccines in Bangkok, Thailand for a fraction of the price that it would have cost in the states.  

 

This location is where I received a number of the vaccines I received. http://www.saovabha.com/en/

City Slicker

Re: 1st time traveling to Asia......

Hi friends,

 

 

You can spend about 2 weeks in Vietnam though, to see the most attractive highlights throughout S-shaped country. I will tell you overall view, for more research, you may want to find out by yourself, for fun =))))

 

Hanoi, where I've lived for 20 years, might be bustle and so crowded. But if you are in Hanoi for such a long time like me, you will know every sense of traditional, antique beauty for a-thousand-year history. Hanoi Old Quarter, splendid and showy at night, charming and gracious in a special moment, appeals curious visitors to discover a long-standing culture and belief. Nearby Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake is well-known with the legendary story related to our history. Ho Chi Minh Complex, a sedate and earnest place for the mighty chief of our nation, Ho Chi Minh, having a nice sleep in heaven. And Long BIen Bridge, the bridge going across 3 centuries, will show you idyllic landscape in this hustle city.

Then, we may go to Ninh Binh, to have a nice boat ride in Trang An Landscape Complex, UNESCO World Heritage. If you still remember the blockbuster movie Kong: Skull Island, you might go to Trang An before, in the movie =))) You choose to have a boat ride in Trang An or Tam Coc, both choices still give you a precious chance into wonderland, dip yourself in spectacular nature to see hanging-down stalactites with various and weird shape =)))

Halong Bay may attract you in another way. Being a marvelous gift from Mother Nature, Halong Bay is a dream for locals. If you have a chance to cruise through spectacular landscape with Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Grotto, go kayaking through the Bay, visit floating fishing village and go squid-fishing, you will understand why locals love this place that much...

In the Central, we have Hue, dreaming and graceful, famous for palm-leaf conical hat and traditional costume Ao dai. Gently floating on Huong river, looking at majestic scene of Ngu Binh mountain, going into Thien Mu pagoda, we just feel harmony, eurhythmic diapason of nature and the city. That explains why Hue people are very kind, amiable, gratuitous like that.

On the contrary, Da Nang is dynamic city with amusement parks, entertainments, and most importantly, beautiful blue beaches with stretching-out sands for us to be lazy day by day. In the cable car to Ba Na Hill, we can take a lot of gorgeous photos in the breathtaking background.

 

As an UNESCO World Heritage, Phong Nha - Ke Bang national park in Quang Binh is amazing with limestone plateaux, tropical forests and the whole diverse biological ecosystem. With a great geological diversity and spectacular phenomena, this place is the masterpiece of nature, including a large number of caves and crystal-like underground rivers.

 

Hoi An, one of must-see destinations if you're culture vulture. With its well-preserved mix of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and French architecture, you may want to spend more than one day in there. Some highlights in Hoi An I want to list is:

. Hoi An Old Town

. My Son sanctuary

. Japanese Covered Bridge

. Museum of Trade Ceramics

. Hoi An Riverside

. Cham Islands

Biking, cycling, scuba-diving and snorkeling are favorite activities in Hoi An also.

Being a wonderland of flowers in Vietnam, Da Lat is never lack of color. All of flowers alternatively bloom during the year, just encourage us to take photos, over and over again.  If you like posting photos with beautiful background, it's an undeniable opportunity. Moreover, vegetables are really fresh, more than I expect when I'm there. The nature gives Da Lat a precious gift: a temperate climate so that all plants are proliferate. Being on the highland, the atmosphere seems perfect for everyone to enjoy a nice vacation.

 

In the South, you don't wanna miss Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. You can go to The Reunification Palace, the place marking an important and brilliant milestone of Vietnamese history in 1975 (the day Northern and Southern Vietnamese reunify and burst into emotion). Notre Dame Basilica is a worth-visiting place, where you still see bright red brick originated from Toulouse, France. And don't forget having fun on Nguyen Hue pedestrian street, where organize many interesting outdoor events.

You may want to visit Mekong River Delta also, where you have a nice boat trip in floating markets, buy and taste many specialties like coconut, durian, fish sauce, dried fish... Imagine you have a boat ride to contemplate the landscape, buy a local fruit to taste the flavor of Vietnamese peaceful life, nothing is better (maybe it's my experience and personal opinion but I think it's worth trying once). Picking fruits still be on the tree to taste is a totally fresh experience too.

Vung Tau is a beautiful beach, not so crowded, let you a have relaxed time with gentle sunshine and waves.

Several destinations I have opportunity to visit. There are still many more amazing places such as: Sapa, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Phan Thiet...

 

Have a great journey!

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Re: 1st time traveling to Asia......


@nealhunter4260 wrote:

One of the questions I had before heading over to Southeast Asia was vaccines.  I don't know what sort of health insurance you have, but before I went over I sought out basic vaccinations and would have spent over $400 for most of the vaccines.  

 

If you are spending a decent amount of time over there like I was, look to get vaccines in country.  I got a number of vaccines in Bangkok, Thailand for a fraction of the price that it would have cost in the states.  

 

This location is where I received a number of the vaccines I received. http://www.saovabha.com/en/



Thanks for your tips! Really helpful and saving =)))