Originally Posted by CHRONICFEVER
Cool Video, I was in thailand last year and loved it. Really wanted to go to neighboring countries as well especially phillipines but somehow ended up degening most of my time around thailand.
-How long was your trip in total? amount of days spent in each country?
-What was your budget for the trip? most/least expensive country?
-any recommendations for anyone planning to do this?
-which parts of thailand did you visit?
-favorite city to visit in the phillipines. why? Best city in phillipines for nightlife
Glad you enjoyed the vid! The trip was 11 months in total (so not quite a year). I spent roughly a month in each country (usually visa allowed for 30days) with 3 months in India.
I didn't really have a budget. I knew I wouldn't run out of money by the time it was over, so I didn't want that to be a major concern. The more I traveled, the less I spent and it became habbit to save as much money as I could (without the expense of the experience. Food/sleeping was usually cut)
My recommendations would be; as I said above, plan as little as possible. It seems a bit terrifying to not plan anything, but I promise you it will make your life so much better. Besides that, the only thing else I recommend is to just go. And do it. It was without a doubt the best thing I've done with my life thus far. The longer you can go the better. It takes a bit of time to settle into the traveling lifestyle. For me, it took about 2-3 months. By the time I hit Philippines I was completely immersed in it.
Regrets? Not asking some cutie out in Cambodia.... In all honesty, not really. I wanted to constantly challenge myself, whether that be through social interactions, doing activities I may not feel comfortable, or go places I was scared of (India frightened me a bit when I first left, and I never thought I would have gone there on this trip). That is what I wanted out of the trip though. To push my levels of comfort, and see how far I could take them. Others may not want that, and that's cool too....
In Thailand I went to Bangkok, hoped on a train North and got off at a random spot which turned out to be Phrae. From there I went to Nan (fantastic town in the North NE section bordering Laos), then to Chang Mei, to Pai, to a buddhist monestary where I did some meditation near Mae Hong Song (sp?), and headed up North to cross into Laos.
My favorite city of Philippiness... hmmm. I didn't go to too many "cities", more smaller villages. But everywhere in Philippines I enjoyed a lot (didnt have time for Manila). I'd recommend Dumagette (off Negros Oriental), as well as Siquijor (Island that is 26km across. Gorgeous). Bohol is also nice. Highly recommend renting and driving motorbikes in all of these places.
As far as "nightlife" goes, I am def not the person to ask. I probably went out the most in Thailand/Vietnam but even that was 4-5 nights out of hte month. With that said, Dumagette seemed like a pretty trendy place. Younger crowd though, as it's a college town.