An improved plan for South-East Asia and Australasia

18 June 2019

Blimey, how time flies! The last time we stuck a wet finger in the air to predict where we might be in the future was way back before we had even entered Bangladesh! A lot has happened since and now seems a good time to update our plan for the near and extended future. All timings are subject to change and all plans are, as usual, set in jelly!


  • About another 12-14 days in Laos with 2 days off for good behaviour in Luang Prabang.


  • From the Laos/Vietnam border to Hanoi – 12-14 days and 3 days off to explore.  This should take us to about 15 July 19.
  • Off to the coast to explore for about 5-6 days.
  • Head south 1,800km to Ho Chi Min City – with days off this will take approx 24 days.  And then with some days off in HCMC itself this will take us to mid-August.
  • To the border with Cambodia will then take 4 days.


  • From the border travel to Phnom Penh, with some time off to look around. 5 days.
  • No other plans so far.  We have another 9 days to explore Cambodia and will likely go to Angkor Wat. We should then cross the border into Thailand around 1 Sept 19.

South Thailand

  • Spend 5 days cycling to Bangkok and spend 3 days there.
  • Then it’s a straight cycle to Malaysia – 1,200km.  We should be at the Malaysian border by about 27 Sept 19.
  • We have a break planned for the middle of this part of our trip, and if we make up time we’ll have more days off.


  • Our current plan is to transit along the east coast passed Kuala Dungan.
  • Cut across country to Kuala Lumpur where we should arrive around 7-9 Oct 19.
  • Cycle the south coast to Singapore.


  • Spend between 3 and 5 days in Singapore.
  • Prepare bikes and equipment for entry into Australia.
  • Fly to Perth on either 17 or 19 Oct 19.


  • Spend 3-4 days in Perth.
  • Overall Route – Fremantle, Mandurah, Bunbury, Augusta, Albany, Esperance, Norseman, Fraser Range, Cocklebiddy, Nullabor, Poss Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Adelaide, Warrnambool, Melbourne – 4,900km (ish!).
  • The main journey should take between 60-65 days including days off.
  • Spend 4-5 days in Melbourne
  • Leave bikes in Melbourne and fly to Brisbane to see family for around 3-5 days.

New Zealand 

  • Arrive in Christchurch between 3-5 Jan 2020.
  • Cycle to Dunedin to meet up with London friends – arriving around 10 Jan 2020.
  • Meander our way all over New Zealand for the next 2.5 – 3 months.  Final destination is Auckland, where we will take a flight back to the U.K. at the start of April 2020.


  1. Comment by Lani

    Lani Reply 19 June 2019 at 1:21 am

    Check out that travelfish site. 5hey have lots of good infos and off the regular trail.

    • Comment by Nigel

      Nigel Reply 28 June 2019 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you Lani, yes we use Travelfish quite a bit – as you say lots of good info

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