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    • michele-p
    • By michele-p 9th Aug 18, 5:57 PM
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    Ideas for October/November holiday
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    • 9th Aug 18, 5:57 PM
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    Ideas for October/November holiday 9th Aug 18 at 5:57 PM
    Hi all, I'm looking for inspiration for our next trip. We could be flexible on dates, but looking for something long haul / tropical with a wow factor, that's also cheap when you get there! !!!128540;

    We would need to fly via klm the majority of the route as other half works for them, and we can go via schipol from Norwich.

    To give an idea of what we've loved before, our first holiday together, 10 years ago was to Au nang area of Thailand. We lived the people and the place, especially Railey. We love to snorkel on beautiful beaches and white sand, but also like to get out and see things, not just sit on a beach.

    My initial idea was Cambodia, a couple of days at Siem Reap to see the temples, then fly to a beautiful beach area. I've looked at Koh Rong Salmon, I read conflicting reports that the beaches are dirty, and the sea full of sewerage, but it does look stunning when I see it.

    But where/what would anyone suggest?
    The Philippines could be an idea, but I know nothing about where to start.

    Places like the Maldives are out of our budget really, and possibly too quiet? We don't need to party, but do like a good evening buzz. We do definitely want longhaul, and both really don't like the likes of Tenerife, been to The Gambia etc.

    Places in Europe we've loved has been Parga and the Greek ionian which is just beautiful.

    It's such a 1st world problem, but I just need some inspiration! And to make sure we don't hit rainy season!
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    • michele-p
    • By michele-p 10th Aug 18, 11:28 AM
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    The more flights you have in Vietnam, ie including Phu Quoc, the more time you're going to be hanging around airports. Also beware, that internal flights, particularly late in the day are often delayed due to aircraft having to cover several domestic sectors a day and might have had to face different weather conditions. Another thing with domestic flights in Vietnam is that the earlier you book the flight the more likely the chance of the Schedule moving forward or back [happened several times for us], that can be frustrating if time is precious.
    Originally posted by PompeyPete
    Thanks for all your links, I have seen many of your travels over the years on here, so will have a good look through. I was just looking at Phu Quoc, but all the connections may make it a step too far if we also visited Siem Reap. I don't mind connecting in Amsterdam, then 1 more place - Bangkok/KL are both easy routes with lots of flights - then an internal flight/drive to anther location.
    • richardw
    • By richardw 10th Aug 18, 11:35 AM
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    ... I don't mind connecting in Amsterdam, then 1 more place - Bangkok/KL...
    Originally posted by michele-p
    Btw Air Asia's direct flight from KL to Phu Quoc starts 2nd Nov 18.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 10th Aug 18, 11:45 AM
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    Thanks for all your links, I have seen many of your travels over the years on here, so will have a good look through. I was just looking at Phu Quoc, but all the connections may make it a step too far if we also visited Siem Reap. I don't mind connecting in Amsterdam, then 1 more place - Bangkok/KL are both easy routes with lots of flights - then an internal flight/drive to anther location.
    Originally posted by michele-p
    We've done that via Schipol, flying to and from Jakarta with Garuda, and vowed never to ever go near that airport ever again.

    It must be one of the wettest airports in the world, the rain was even coming through the roof in the Gate lounge in several places.

    Coming back we had to disembark at Schipol, and reboard. I had a pair of shorts on and a T-shirt, and took my bottle of water with me. We went straight from the aircraft to the Boarding Gate. Had to go through a security desk, despite the fact we'd got straight off an aircraft that we would soon be reboarding, and that I was in shorts and T-shirt, I got a full frisk job by a Dutch thug, and had my bottle of water taken off me. Hate the place.
    • chiny
    • By chiny 10th Aug 18, 11:48 AM
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    South America recommendations ? Hmm, probably I'd take a look at the web sites of the specialist travel agents, perhaps "Journey Latin America" for ideas. It won't be a problem to include an idyllic beach and they exist aplenty. Lonely Planet web site. Those two will lead to others.

    What sort of holiday ?

    Peru; must see Macchu Picchu, condors in Colca Canyon, Arequipa is impressive, shrunken heads in museum if you are brave, talk to Quecha for the braver and a real eye opener.

    Chile; capital Santiago is a must, winery good for relaxing days, night sky in the Atacama desert absolutely amazing. Or South for walking in Patagonia, ship around the Horn penguin spotting in the fjords.

    Ecuador for the animals, Charles Darwin style.

    Colombia for the coffee growing area, maybe colonial Cartagena.

    I'll guess Brazil has the best known beaches but Brazil is still on my "to do" list. Eating guinea pig in Bolivia will remain there, on that "to do" list
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 10th Aug 18, 1:48 PM
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    After making several postings in this thread it's just dawned on me that we're off on a long haul to the Eastern Caribbean on 27 October, onboard MARELLA EXPLORER, 15 nights of Adult Only AI indulgence

    Starting with a flight to Palma. Calling at Cartagena, Malaga, Cadiz, out through the Straits of Gibraltar to Funchal. Then 6 nights at sea to Antigua, St Lucia, Grenada, and finally Barbados to fly home by Thomson Dreamliner.
    Last edited by PompeyPete; 10-08-2018 at 1:54 PM.
    • michele-p
    • By michele-p 10th Aug 18, 2:15 PM
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    Wow, that sounds amazing Pompey Pete, but boats/cruises are a definite no for me! We did an amszing floatilla holiday last year as novices. Absolutely loved it, but had land vertigo for a full month when we got home. I've had it before after boat trips too, made me feel so awful.

    Schipol is just a hop away from us in Norwich, not the best place to get stuck for hours though.
    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 10th Aug 18, 2:40 PM
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    I'm busy looking Galle up, did any of the beaches look good for snorkelling? Or maybe too rough?
    Originally posted by michele-p
    No idea about snorkelling as the sea by the Lighthouse was far too rough and there were cows on the beach as well We stayed by the pool and got entertained daily by the very very large Komodo Dragon that used to appear at the opposite side of the pool.

    We're also going to Mauritius at the end of the year as that appears to be quite a good place for winter sun but it's not as cheap as some of the other places.
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    • holidaysforme
    • By holidaysforme 10th Aug 18, 3:52 PM
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    After making several postings in this thread it's just dawned on me that we're off on a long haul to the Eastern Caribbean on 27 October, onboard MARELLA EXPLORER, 15 nights of Adult Only AI indulgence

    Starting with a flight to Palma. Calling at Cartagena, Malaga, Cadiz, out through the Straits of Gibraltar to Funchal. Then 6 nights at sea to Antigua, St Lucia, Grenada, and finally Barbados to fly home by Thomson Dreamliner.
    Originally posted by PompeyPete
    You lucky sod
    • ruperts
    • By ruperts 12th Aug 18, 11:30 AM
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    Malaysia is worth throwing into the mix too. Not as cheap as Vietnam or Cambodia but still good value (apart from the price of alcohol as it's a Muslim country) and without the tourist excesses of some parts of Thailand. I'm not a massive fan of Kuala Lumpur but the rest of the country is incredible with some of the best food I've had anywhere.
    Originally posted by Doshwaster
    Agree with not ruling out Malaysia. Some years ago I did the Perhentian Islands (beach life), Taman Negara (jungle life) and KL (city life) in a couple of weeks, before continuing onto Singapore, and that made for a nice varied trip. Personally i loved KL as well, great food and atmosphere. The Perhentian Islands were the highlight, with beautiful beaches, great seafood, snorkelling and huge lizards. Not too expensive either from what I remember, though we are talking 12 years ago when the pound was still worth something.
    • markandkate
    • By markandkate 13th Aug 18, 12:13 PM
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    Could recommend Costa Rica. Spent 3 weeks there in December. Deserted beaches. Temperatures in mid 20's. Flush western toilets, you can drink the tap water safely. Fantastic hot springs, amazing wildlife, zip wires. Due to its proximity to the USA (5 hours flight) high standards of food and accommodation and mostly English speaking
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