We're from the uk and are planning a trip to thailand in February 2013 with friends. While we're there we thought we'd continue our trip to take in Singapore, Vietnam, Japan etc. Is there anywhere else we SHOULD visit and should we book all flights etc prior to going. Just a thought, husband is 68 and I'm mid 50's so age needs to be considered.
Wow, this sounds like an amazing trip. How long do you plan to spend in each country.
While they are all in Asia, they are all so different.
I imagine the route would be UK - Singapore - Thailand - Vietnam - Japan - UK?
Clarke Quay, Chilli mud crab (at Red House on the East Coast), shopping on Orchard Road and Night Safaris in Singapore are musts for tourist, and maybe a day relaxing on Senotosa.
For me in Thailand I would be more drawn to the mountains in the North - around Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. You can catch a train from Bangkok, a little rustic but the sleeper carriages are ok. (and private).
Vietnam, Ha Long Bay.
Japan - if you can manage a flight to the island of Okinawa (American military base, but still very interesting) as well as Tokyo (of course). about 6 years ago
If you haven't been before, bear in mind temperature and humidity: Singapore can feel stifling if you aren't used to the humidity and at 68 would feel pretty uncomfortable I would think.
I would highly recommend Kyoto in Japan, although that is cold in February.
Hills of northern Thailand are wonderful but require some effort and commitment to really appreciate. Hoi Anh in Vietnam is pleasant and easy compared to Saigon and is good at that time of year.
If you'd like something both unusual and easy try the beaches of Burma at Ngapali perhaps. You could also take in the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, which has to be one of the great temples on earth. about 6 years ago