Itinerary HELP for Asia

by Anonymous
(United States)

Question: Hello, I know you are probably very busy, but I was wondering if you could help me plot out an itinerary because I am lost haha.

I have backpacked through Europe for 3 months and Mexico as well. But Asia will be a new challange for me and I find that finding local information can be difficult. I will be inviting two friends along with me, we will be going from 12 to the 30th of September. We were thinking of flying to Beijing and leaving from New Dehli and work our way through China, Thailand, Malaysia or Indonesia, Nepal, and India, and possibly Japan.

What do you think? Do you have any rough itineraries you could suggest? Thank you so much.

Answer: Hey, let's get this straight, you want to travel to China, Thailand, Malaysia/Indonesia, Nepal and India, possibly Japan,
in less than 3 weeks???! (12th to 30 sep?)

If so, you're definitely need to fly a lot to save time....

If you're considering Japan, you should finish Japan before you move southwards to Thailand etc. Then head back to China.
From China, you can fly to Thailand (Bangkok), travel in south Thailand visiting islands (it's the monsoon season though), and border cross to Malaysia. Since there's a 2-month quarantine when leaving India, you should continue your journey to Nepal.

From Malaysia, you can take a flight to Kathmandu. Then border cross/fly to India. Since you don't have much time, I suggest you focus on northwest of India, places around Delhi, for example Agra, Jaipur. You can extend the route to Varanasi. When border crossing from Nepal, you can go straight to Varanasi, then take the train/flight to Agra, Delhi, Jaipur or whatever.

Hope this helps!


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Nov 19, 2011
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for your input, and I know it's not a lot of time but its all we could ask of from work :/! And I love your ideas... Would you buy any chance have any ideas of websites for budget getting around over there, like flights train ect. So how is this? Fly to Japan, then to Beijing - what's the cheapest way to get from Japan to China - then Thailand - then islands - then Nepal - then India then back!

Nov 19, 2011
by: Amanda/Backpacking Tips Asia

Hello again

try AirAsia, they have flights from Japan to Bangkok. So it's probably better to start in Beijing.

There are ferries from Beijing to Japan, which can be cheaper.

From Malaysia there are flights to Kathmandu. Try, it's a search engine that compares airlines at cheapest rates.

Nov 19, 2011
by: Anonymous

Ok thank you so much, we bought the ticket yesterday - 18 Sep arrive in Beijing and 9 october leave from New Dehli. Our plan is Beijing, Shangai then to Bangkok, then tour some islands, do a little snorkling, and other sports. Then up to India, and do Dehli, Agra and Jaipur.

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