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    Default Travel advice needed - Baltics, Russia, China, South East Asia

    Dear Pacers friends around the world,

    I've been a member for quite a couple of years here on Pacerdigest. Even though I don't post as often as many others of you do, this forum has become an important site for me where I've had the chance to discuss and get to know lots of likeminded people from around the world. I am aware that this forum hosts many people from different countries, which is the reason why I'm starting this thread.

    My girlfriend and I are planning for a trip and we need advice from locals or people who have travelled the same places before.

    We want to start next year in May or June, so we've got still lots of time left, however, we'd like to plan a bit in advance...can't hurt.

    We want to travel by bus and train from Germany to Baltic States to Russia and Siberia (transsiberian railway) to Mongolia to China to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and down to Malaysia/Singapur.

    We're not yet sure where our trip is going to end, but I think it will be somewhere around Jakarta/Indonesia. From there we're gonna take a flight back to Germany.

    Now, the question is: apart from the obvious things (Beijing, Shanghai etc.) what are in your opinion the insiders' tips, cities, sights, best hostels, places we definitely shouldn't miss. We've got approximately 4 months of time available, so we've got no problem with taking one or two detours.

    Does anyone of you have experience in public transport or something like long-range-buses in these countries, especially Mongolia, China and/or travel to Tibet?

    I don't know if we have Thai, Malaysian or Indonesian members in the forum, but if there is anyone who knows where to spend some time in Sumatra or Borneo, where to find the best beaches without having to stay in expensive, exclusive hotel resorts, where to find the best national parks, hiking trails etc. and what are the easiest ways to travel there, feel free to post your experiences.

    Thank you very much!
    Last edited by 31andonly; 08-02-2013 at 09:34 AM.
    Thank you Jeff.

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    Default Re: Travel advice needed - Baltics, Russia, China, South East Asia

    I don't think I have been to any of the countries you have mentioned (unless you go to Ukraine on the way) but I am totally jealous that you get to go to all of those very interesting places and you get four months off work/whatever you do on a daily basis. I would give my left leg to get four months off work.

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    Default Re: Travel advice needed - Baltics, Russia, China, South East Asia

    Quote Originally Posted by idioteque View Post
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    I don't think I have been to any of the countries you have mentioned (unless you go to Ukraine on the way) but I am totally jealous that you get to go to all of those very interesting places and you get four months off work/whatever you do on a daily basis. I would give my left leg to get four months off work.
    im sure that can be arranged...

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    I'd be careful around Russia and Siberia. Remember that movie "Hostel"??? o_o

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    Default Re: Travel advice needed - Baltics, Russia, China, South East Asia

    Quote Originally Posted by idioteque View Post
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    I don't think I have been to any of the countries you have mentioned (unless you go to Ukraine on the way) but I am totally jealous that you get to go to all of those very interesting places and you get four months off work/whatever you do on a daily basis. I would give my left leg to get four months off work.
    Well, tbh, it's not as simple as it sounds...I'm gonna quit my job sometime around May/June, will have saved some money by then and will go back to university for my postgraduate studies in October.
    In between, I want to travel
    Thank you Jeff.

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    I'd be careful around Russia and Siberia. Remember that movie "Hostel"??? o_o
    It's a fictional movie..
    Thank you Jeff.

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    It's a fictional movie..
    PART FICTION. O_O

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    Default Re: Travel advice needed - Baltics, Russia, China, South East Asia

    It's not...it's a fictional (bad) movie that takes action in Slovakia, which is another couple of thousand miles away from Moscow and the transsiberian railway. Apart from that, I also spent some weeks in Slovakia some years ago and made it back alive

    However, nobody's been to any of these places before?
    Thank you Jeff.

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