Nepal, India, Thailand

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Nepal, India, Thailand Reviews

josiah22 josiah22
4 reviews
Aug 01, 2006
In 2006, I backpacked around SE Asia for a couple months and India and Nepal for 3 months. In my opinion I do not think it is necessary to book places in advance. I never did this and didn't have any issues. One thing you'll experience in these places are scam buses that take you to "their" guesthouse. Most of the time its not so bad and actually a pretty good deal so don't flip out. Just take a look and if you don't want to stay there get a tuk-tuk/rickshaw to take you to where you want to go. Unless you know exactly where you want to stay. If that is the case, don't pay in advance and tell them to take you where you want to go if they want their money. India is an amazing and wonderful place but the people can be pushy/sketchy and it may be uncomfortable at times. You will learn about Delhi belly. Don't take the first price that they tell you. Bargain, they expect it and they are good at it. As far as what to pack: It depends on what you are wanting to do. In Nepal, I went on an 11-day trek to the Annaporna mountain base camp. This was incredible. It gets cold up there so pack some warms clothes (or buy in Kathmandu-cheap) that you can layer bc you sweat as you are hiking up the mountains and then get freezing when you stop moving. In India, some places can be cold at night and hot as hell during the day. Any clothes you need you can buy there for very cheap. Some things that I used the most were: Keens (these are sandal-shoes that have rubber toes and good grip, I wore them everywhere), I had an ipod and I bought this cheap attachment that my USB digital camera could plug into to upload pics to it, and my leatherman multi-tool came in handy more than a few times. There is so much I could tell about any of those places. If you want to ask me some more specific questions I will be happy to help out with any info I could give. Thailand, Bangkok especially, is a very fun place with lots of parties and other backpackers. Go to the islands. I had a great time in Kho Phanang. This is where the Full Moon parties happen. They also have half moon and other parties. I stayed at a place called Munchies. I had an awesome time but it is on a beach a little ways away from Hat Rin (the main party beach, where the full moon party is). If you are into Scuba diving go to Kho Tao. Great diving! One issue with Thailand: drugs, I smoked some pot while I was there but be very careful unless you are sure there are no cops around. While I was there a Czech kid I met got busted with a little weed and had to pay $5000 and wait there for two months for his trial. I heard of another guy who was with the Czech when he got busted that was caught with some coke and X and probably got minimum 10-years in thai prison. While in SE Asia you should go to Laos. And Cambodia if you want to see Angkor Wat, which is very awesome. In India: go to Rishikesh, Goa (Arunjambal Beach - very chill and cheap). I took a train from Delhi to Goa for $10. Go general sleeper on the train. Its cheap and a good experience. Have a great trip. Take Care. I am working on a blog that talks about my trip. There are some pictures up.
ted332 says:
Those tips specially on BKK very true. Saw people got busted. Hmm Goa. May need ur advices later. Am planning to go there...
Posted on: Jan 12, 2008
josiah22 says:
My Pleasure. Good luck on your trip and let me know if you have any more questions. India can be a little overwhelming at first but after a couple days you will adapt. I will be back over there in March and April. Maybe our paths will cross.
Posted on: Dec 10, 2007
RoadToJoy says:
Wow. Thanks for taking the time and write all the tips, suggestions, ect. Very, Very helpful. Will likely print it out for reference! Thanks again!
Posted on: Dec 08, 2007
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