I had an earlier post about taking the SEA plunge and here I am! (ps - thanks for the previous advice.)
I leave at the end of January, flying in and out of Singapore, so have about 7 weeks ahead of me. Ideally, I'd spend time doing a mix of iconic cultural spots (e.g., Angkor Wat) and remote beaches and rainforests (e.g., Borneo) with lots of crazy food experiences everywhere I go. I am totally fine skipping tourist hot spots and crazy parties (e.g., Full Moon Party) since I want to relax and soak in culture.
Since I've got an open itinerary, I'd love help narrowing things down since I don't want to spend lots of time in buses and planes. I also want to take weather into consideration for this time of year to pick spots better for being outdoors.
I'm headed to Malaysia next for Melakka, then likely Penang and KL. Rest is open. Note, I haven't chosen any cities because I'm planning as I go. Makes things exciting .
This is what I'm thinking so far:
Thailand - 3 days in BKK to get a visa to Burma
Burma - 1.5 weeks
Thailand - 2 weeks
* Delhi - 5 days
Cambodia - 2 weeks
Laos - 1.5 weeks
Return to Singapore to go home
Other places that I could substitute in include Vietnam, Indonesia, and Borneo with the latter two for rainforests and beaches.
Now is where I'd love some expert opinions as I don't know much about any of the countries. I'm not trying to see it all this trip but realistically, don't know when I'll be back and it would likely be a couple weeks instead of a couple months.
Given what y'all experts know, should I change things up? And where would you recommend in each of these countries?
* Possible side trip to a last minute invitation to a friend's wedding at the end of Dec and am seriously thinking of going. When else will I have a chance to go to an Indian wedding??? It does throw a kink into travel planning though, and I could seriously spend 1 month in India, but will save it for another trip if I make it to the wedding.
Okla. Looking forward to your advice!