Probably the number one stopover for travelers heading to Down Under, Thailand is likely to direct your “I want to go!” listing. A mix of natural beauty, fascinating culture, great food, friendly people and uh, many other travelers, make Thailand a stopover for many. Most backpackers hang out on the sublime islands of Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan, where there is a beach party scene well worth a visit. But if you want to think outside the box, there are hundreds of other tropical islands to choose from, as well as a continent dotted with golden temples, rainforests, elephants, hospitable hill tribes, and ancient ruins. Of course, you can also visit Thailand’s wonderful neighbors: Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.
Where am I going to land? The crazy capital Bangkok.
Where am I going to stay? Usually beach cabins on islands in Stopover destinations or hostels in urban areas.
How long will it take? From London, 12 hours; in Sydney, nine o’clock.
From high-tech gadgets, the best sushi imaginable and neon-clad Tokyo skyscrapers to the fascinating culture and breathtaking mountains of the country at large, Japan has to be seen to be believed. Tokyo is one of the most exciting, completely foreign and endlessly interesting cities you can hope to visit. Expect to find yourself taking several million photos. Japan is also home to some of the best ski slopes in the world.
Please note that English is hardly spoken and you might have difficulty using your bank cards.
Where am I going to land? Narita International from Tokyo.
Where am I going to stay? There are many hostel options available, with dorm beds typically costing $ 20-25. For a true Japanese experience, however, pay a little more and stay at a ryokan, a traditional inn with futons and floor mats.
How long will it take? From London, 12 hours; in Sydney, 10 a.m.
China / Hong Kong
From the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong to truly iconic sites like the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors, to one of the world’s oldest cultures, China should be on the itinerary of every intrepid traveler at some point. given of his life. Leave enough time to pay for a visa.
Where am I going to land? Most likely Hong Kong or Beijing. To avoid confusion, make sure the name of your accommodation is written in Chinese.
Where am I going to stay? There are more and more budget beds in the big cities. A trip can cost less than US $ 20 per day.
How long will it take? From London, 10 hours; in Sydney, 12 noon.
There are few countries that will face you like India. Bursting with energy and people, its cultural and geographic diversity will undoubtedly make you look at life differently. From the madness of Delhi to the breathtaking sacred sites dotted around the countryside, this is the essence of hiking. Winter is probably the best time to visit, September through January when the heat is most bearable. Please note that several regions, such as Kashmir, are still prone to conflict.
Where am I going to land? Probably Delhi. From there you can book a prepaid taxi to the city, but make sure the driver takes you where you want to go.
Where am I going to stay? There is inexpensive accommodation all over India, typically US $ 2-3 per night. Prices go up in winter “high season”.
How long will it take? From London, nine o’clock; in Sydney, 6 p.m.
A chain of more than 13,000 islands, the main ones are Java (home to the capital Jakarta), Sumatra, Borneo and the famous pleasure island of Bali. Bali is renowned as a tourist paradise with its famous beaches and nightlife in Kuta. Note that Kuta tops the list for partying young Australians, a sort of Costa Del Sol equivalent for the British. Away from the bright lights and bustling beaches, you’ll find stunning volcanic mountains, waterfalls and lakes to explore, and more temples than you can poke a stick of incense into. It offers access to Komodo Island (home of the dreaded dragon) and beautiful Lombok. Some areas are still potential terrorist targets, so check the warnings (fco.gov.uk).
Where am I going to land? Probably in Denpasar, Bali.
Where am I going to stay? There is a wide range of budget accommodation in Bali and Lombok. Much of it is pretty good. Beach cabins are popular at seaside resorts.
How long will it take? From London, 4 pm; in Sydney, seven.
A country of two halves divided by a few hundred miles of ocean – the Malaysian peninsula lies just below Thailand, while East Malaysia includes the island of Borneo. The Malaysian Peninsula is more accessible and offers delicacies such as the Perhentian Islands, as well as some of the best Asian food. Make the effort to travel to the Eastern States and you will be rewarded with pristine rainforest, orangutans, tribes living in longhouses, and some of the best dive sites in the world.
Where am I going to land? In Kuala Lumpur (or “KL”).
Where am I going to stay? On the mainland you will find backpacker hostels with dormitories. On the islands, you are likely to rest in a beach hut.
How long will it take? From London, 12 hours; in Sydney eight o’clock.
This multicultural city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula offers a diverse mix of environments. Most stop-over visitors brave the frightening humidity just long enough to take advantage of enviable shopping opportunities, but those who stay longer should escape to the surrounding jungle or even beyond into Malaysia.
Where am I going to land? The efficient Changi Airport.
Where am I going to stay? Many hostel beds cost between $ 15-20.
How long will it take? From London, 1 pm; in Sydney, eight o’clock.
United Arab Emirates / Bahrain
The UAE may be a relatively new destination, but there’s no denying its impact on the global stage. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have established themselves as major stopovers and have strived to build the largest of anything, anywhere, as quickly as possible. As a result, old sleepy fishing villages turned into smooth towns. Well almost. Much of Dubai is still a construction site. There’s no doubt that what’s over is impressive, although those of you who fancy a bit of culture might find it hard to be entertained. Go into the dunes for fun in a 4×4.
Where am I going to land? The main hubs of Bahrain, Dubai or the richest city in the world – Abu Dhabi.
Where am I going to stay? Some budget hotels offer rooms for $ 30, but don’t expect anything pretty.
How long will it take? From London, seven o’clock; in Sydney, 3 p.m.