Our six month Southeast Asia and Nepal travel itinerary

As you may have gathered from our ‘about’ page, Chris and I are heading off to South-East Asia and Nepal for six months.There is no doubt that this itinerary will change (which is totally okay!) but we thought it best to have some semblance of a plan. Chris and I are firm believers in serendipity to the point where we think it is the only way to travel. But for our mothers and for the sake of preparedness, here is an overview of our itinerary:


January 15th–  January 16th– Malaysia

Flying from the Gold Coast, Australia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Air Asia.

What we want to do: See or climb the Petronas towers and eat Malaysian satay

Note: Do not buy full priced tickets on Air Asia because they go on sale every few weeks. We bought our tickets for $219 AUD each one -way.

January 18th– January 17th Malaysia, Thailand

Taking the train from KL to Surat Thani or Chumphon. The train we are planning to take leaves from Sentral in Kuala Lumpur which departs at 15:50. You can buy the tickets up to 60 days in advance. For more information on this check out http://www.seat61.com, a truly useful website on train travel.


January 17th– February 11th Thailand

Spending this time exploring the islands of south of Thailand.

What we want to do: This is our holiday time! We want to snorkel, dive, ride motorcycles, pet tigers, have massages and chill on the beach. Chris may get his PADI open water license at this time.

February 11th– February 12th Malaysia, Nepal

Head back to Kuala Lumpur and fly with Air Asia to Kathmandu, Nepal.

Note: We found very cheap one-way tickets to Nepal with Air Asia. Only $109 AUD per person but make sure you allow extra funds for all the sneaky charges like booking fees and luggage allowance.


 February 12th– April 20th Nepal

What we want to do: Do the Annapurna circuit trek, the Everest Base camp trek (a maybe- we aren’t sure we are fit enough) hang-gliding in Pokhara, extreme zip-line, search for the elusive Nepalese rhino in Chitwan National Park, ride a yak (??) and drink salty butter tea.

Note: A 90 data visa for Nepal (Australian citizens) will cost $175.  We will be purchasing the visa a month before we leave Australia.

April 20th– May 10th Thailand

Back to Thailand for some more diving hopefully! Money situations at this point might require the need to scout around for jobs teaching English.


May 10th– June 1st Myanmar (Burma)

Cross over from Thailand to Myanmar at the Mae Sai crossing, either by plane or bus to Yangon.

Note: You can get visa’s from the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok. They take approximately three days to get and cost around $35 AUD.

What we want to do: Explore the temples of Bagan, trek to the golden rock, boat across Inle Lake, get out of the cities and explore, do a homestay.

 June 1st– August 15th Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

This part of the trip hasn’t been planned as much because we are doing these countries last. We are definitely trying to stick to overland travel though. Ideally during this time we would love to work in an orphanage for a month or two.

What we want to do: Temples of Angkor Wat, Motorbike around back country Laos, Kayak Halong Bay and eat Bahn Mi’s from the street.

Tentative next step: Philippines, China  and Europe!

We are open to suggestions and would love to hear what you did in the area. We would also love to know how you budgeted for a trip of this magnitude. Please leave a comment below or send us an email at dirtypawsblog@gmail.com.