Next travel destination ??

Summers are here and few friends have been constantly asking about making some travel plans. But where to go now? With the whole world open for exploration and money in hand there are a lot of options to choose from.

Some of the common destinations are:

– Thailand (Bangkok, Pataya, Phuket)

bangkok    Pataya-Beach-Thailand    bien-phutket

– Indonesia (Bali, Cambodia)

bedugul_bali    tracks-cambodia-ancora

– Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Port-Blair

– Leh-Ladakh

pangong-lake-ladakh

– East India (Bhutan ~ Assam etc.)

Kingdom-of-Bhutan-–-Land-of-the-Thunder-Dragon

The next question that comes to mind is how to choose out of these options ?

The deciding parameters would be:

– cost (travel, accommodation and food etc.)

– vacation time required and available

– climate

A deciding score can be made based on above mentioned parameters for any destination and these can be compared and choice can be made. But these factors will vary depending upon time of the year (peak seasons) and at time of some festivals ( Tomatina in Spain, Oktober fest in Germany) at certain places.

I would give a weeks time (2 weekends + 5 weekdays) that is total of 9 days to explore any place.

Travel Cost (www.skyscanner.co.in)

1) Bangkok: 15-16k

2) Indonesia (Bali~Cambodia): 34-35 k  (almost same as that of few European destinations)

3) Andaman & Nicobar islands (Port Blair): 9-10k

4) Leh: 17k

5) Bhutan: No direct flights found but makemytrip claims to be offering a package with flights from Kolkata ( none flights found by the website from Kolkata even)

Climate (Google Search)

Bangkok: Peak season is November to February but July~August is also a secondary season.

Indonesia: Best time to visit Bali is May, June, July. Rest of the time is too dry.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands: During the time of August,  weather is not good due to excessive rainfalls > 400mm  :O :O :O !! The best months to visit would be February ~ March.

Leh: Ideally open for tourists during months of June~September.

Bhutan: Many cultural festivals are celebrated around the year. Summers are not the peak season but will be cheaper due to less tourists.

Accommodations (www.hostelworld.com)

1) Bangkok: Nice hostels are available for ~ INR 700 per day in Bangkok, Pataya and Phuket. For around 7 days it will be a sum of some 5000 bucks.

2) Indonesia: Almost same price as Bangkok

3) Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Cheapest hotels are available at 1000-2000 per room per night

4) Leh: Cheap private hostels available at INR 500 per person.

5) Bhutan: Not much information available on internet

Assuming availability of cheap accommodation everywhere this factor can be ruled out for making a choice.

Total accommodation expenses for a 7 day trip (excluding days of travel) would be around INR 15k including food and local travel.

The factor that makes most of the difference is the flight travel. An average trip to Bangkok and Leh would cost like INR 30k while that to Indonesia will go as high as INR 50k

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