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cxiuyenoh90

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hello,
im celina from malaysia and wondering how to go camino de santiago and what ways can i go to as pilgrims and im trying to go and wondering any advice or tips or guide to help.
Thank you.
from celina (malaysia)
 
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jungleboy

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Hi Celina and good luck with your camino!

There are many ways you can go. The most common route is the Camino Francés ('French Way'). The starting point is usually considered to be St Jean Pied de Port in France, close to the border with Spain, which is about 800km from Santiago. To get there, you could fly into Paris, Madrid or Barcelona and use trains/buses from there. Or you could start the Camino Francés closer to Santiago - here are some other options including distances, pros/cons etc.

There are many other routes as well. Some of the most popular are the Portuguese Way (about 12 days walk from Porto or much longer from Lisbon), the Camino Primitivo (about 12 days walk from Oviedo) or a shorter pilgrimage such as the Camino Inglés ('English Way'), 4-5 days walk from A Coruña or Ferrol.

Have a look around the different sub-forums here and you will find a lot of information and advice about different caminos. Or if you have specific questions, feel free to ask and people here will be happy to answer.

Buen camino!
 

cxiuyenoh90

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Hi Celina and good luck with your camino!

There are many ways you can go. The most common route is the Camino Francés ('French Way'). The starting point is usually considered to be St Jean Pied de Port in France, close to the border with Spain, which is about 800km from Santiago. To get there, you could fly into Paris, Madrid or Barcelona and use trains/buses from there. Or you could start the Camino Francés closer to Santiago - here are some other options including distances, pros/cons etc.

There are many other routes as well. Some of the most popular are the Portuguese Way (about 12 days walk from Porto or much longer from Lisbon), the Camino Primitivo (about 12 days walk from Oviedo) or a shorter pilgrimage such as the Camino Inglés ('English Way'), 4-5 days walk from A Coruña or Ferrol.

Have a look around the different sub-forums here and you will find a lot of information and advice about different caminos. Or if you have specific questions, feel free to ask and people here will be happy to answer.

Buen camino!
i did and wondering is it direct from malaysia to spain and start journey to camino or i need to stop or tranfer to other country to do the walk
 
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Celina,

From Singapore. Had done over 10 caminos (if include Italy and Germany), all different routes. For your first I assume is the Camino Frances, the full route is from St Jean on the French side and after a day's walk to Roncesvalles in Spain. Depending on how much time you have, you can start even further down the route in Leon if you have say only 2 weeks.

That said, I did my Camino Frances from Roncesvalles back in 06. I arrive in Madrid and then a fast train to Pamplona (3 day's walking journey). After a night in Pamplona went to the bus station but no bus that morning crossing the border to St. Jean. My choices then were either to start from Pamplona or join a couple sharing a taxi to St. Jean. Decided to share the taxi with the couple. Then realized that by the time I reach St. Jean it may be too late to cross over the Pyrennes. So I requested to be drop off in Roncesvalles and start around 10:30 am (at least the route from Roncesvalles to Pamplona is somewhat relatively flat and probably easier to stop in Zubiri (which I did) just 20 km away.

Hope that helps. 👍👍
 

cxiuyenoh90

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Celina,

From Singapore. Had done over 10 caminos (if include Italy and Germany), all different routes. For your first I assume is the Camino Frances, the full route is from St Jean on the French side and after a day's walk to Roncesvalles in Spain. Depending on how much time you have, you can start even further down the route in Leon if you have say only 2 weeks.

That said, I did my Camino Frances from Roncesvalles back in 06. I arrive in Madrid and then a fast train to Pamplona (3 day's walking journey). After a night in Pamplona went to the bus station but no bus that morning crossing the border to St. Jean. My choices then were either to start from Pamplona or join a couple sharing a taxi to St. Jean. Decided to share the taxi with the couple. Then realized that by the time I reach St. Jean it may be too late to cross over the Pyrennes. So I requested to be drop off in Roncesvalles and start around 10:30 am (at least the route from Roncesvalles to Pamplona is somewhat relatively flat and probably easier to stop in Zubiri (which I did) just 20 km away.

Hope that helps. 👍👍
wow......it give me alot of option and decision which route to take and is it ok to go alone or go with tour first then go alone ??
 

André Walker

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Hi Celina,

A lot of people (also women) walk their Camino alone. Of course, you'll never get a 100% guarantee that nothing will happen, but chances are that you're in way much danger when visiting Kuala Lumpur.
 

cxiuyenoh90

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Hi Celina,

A lot of people (also women) walk their Camino alone. Of course, you'll never get a 100% guarantee that nothing will happen, but chances are that you're in way much danger when visiting Kuala Lumpur.
actually i agree but somehow you need to see the other side of Kuala Lumpur ,but i cant deny 100% safety in Kuala Lumpur but cant say that Kuala Lumpur not a safe state to visit
 
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Hello Celina

Here are some additional tools you can use to plan your camino:

Gronze gives you information on the different routes, stages, accommodation and more.

Godesalco can be used to make a more detailed plan of your chosen route.

Happy planning and Buen Camino.
 
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2019
hello,
im celina from malaysia and wondering how to go camino de santiago and what ways can i go to as pilgrims and im trying to go and wondering any advice or tips or guide to help.
Thank you.
from celina (malaysia)
Hi Celina,
hello,
im celina from malaysia and wondering how to go camino de santiago and what ways can i go to as pilgrims and im trying to go and wondering any advice or tips or guide to help.
Thank you.
from celina (malaysia)
Hi Celina,

It looks like you have a lot of good advice already. I just wanted to say:

Selamat Jalan
Buen Camino

Don.
 
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2019
terima kasih( thank you),I do appreciate.......Buen Camin0
I have forgotten a lot of it now but 70+ years ago Melayu was my first language! Although I am English I was born in KL and we lived near Kluang. I spoke to my (English) parents in Malaysian (they were also fluent) and they spoke to me in English in the hope I would pick it up before going to school. I'm just about getting there :)

I do hope you do the Camino: it is a marvellous experience and you will love it.

Don.
 
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I have forgotten a lot of it now but 70+ years ago Melayu was my first language! Although I am English I was born in KL and we lived near Kluang. I spoke to my (English) parents in Malaysian (they were also fluent) and they spoke to me in English in the hope I would pick it up before going to school.

I do hope you do the Camino: it is a marvellous experience and you will love it.

Don.
i will love it although im still planning it and eventually did backpack to few country and this is the first time when i approve the camino de santiango.

i would say welcome to Malaysia and i hope you can teach me alot about camino de santiago
 
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i will love it although im still planning it and eventually did backpack to few country and this is the first time when i approve the camino de santiango.

i would say welcome to Malaysia and i hope you can teach me alot about camino de santiago
Terima kasih.

I will try and answer your questions, Celina, gladly - although I ought to say in fairness to others on this forum that there are many here who know much more than I do. Probably the vast majority do! Having said that, I will help as best as I can if you want.

Don.
 

cxiuyenoh90

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Terima kasih.

I will try and answer your questions, Celina, gladly - although I ought to say in fairness to others on this forum that there are many here who know much more than I do. Probably the vast majority do! Having said that, I will help as best as I can if you want.

Don.
well other people in this forum help me alot ......im sure u did the camino journey from malaysia and wonder how you it beside there people reply me from singapore
 
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We moved back to England a long time ago, Celina, when I was 14 years old in 1960. So I didn't travel from Malaysia to the Camino. Sorry I can't advise you about travelling from Malaysia.

Don.
 

cxiuyenoh90

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We moved back to England a long time ago, Celina, when I was 14 years old in 1960. So I didn't travel from Malaysia to the Camino. Sorry I can't advise you about travelling from Malaysia.

Don.
no problem.....im sure u did the journey from England. i love to go England one time....and have you try differ route to camino
 
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Yes, Celina. I walked from Seville to Salamanca on the Via de la Plata and then did the Portuguese Camino from Porto to Santiago. I also did the Sureste from Alicante. If you want to do the Frances (the most popular one) then I'm afraid I haven't done that one. Many, many others on this forum have though.

I don't know how much you already know about the various routes so here is a map. It gives a rough idea but it is obviously not detailed enough to use for planning your Camino.

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cxiuyenoh90

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Yes, Celina. I walked from Seville to Salamanca on the Via de la Plata and then did the Portuguese Camino from Porto to Santiago. I also did the Sureste from Alicante. If you want to do the Frances (the most popular one) then I'm afraid I haven't done that one. Many, many others on this forum have though.

I don't know how much you already know about the various routes so here is a map. It gives a rough idea but it is obviously not detailed enough to use for planning your Camino.

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i would like try Portugal route or Cadiz (Spain )route.....every try different route.....i planning try all route and at least i need to break record to show that the people who born in year of 90 can do it
 

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wow......it give me alot of option and decision which route to take and is it ok to go alone or go with tour first then go alone ??
Hi Celine, If I may give you my opinion. First I would go to this website and download this app called Alert Cops. I have it on my telephone. If you have an emergency. If you are really completely lost, or injured or feeling completely alone or unsafe you can turn this app on and you will be put in touch with an English speaking person who can guide you or send you help quickly. There is a GPS on the app so the Police can find you in an emergency. The app is free and was developed by the Spanish government.


I believe that you will need to have a cell phone and internet connection that is active in Spain to use this app. I always get a Spanish SIM card before I go. I use the Mobil company called Orange because their plan works best for me. I think in 2019 it was $20 Euros for a month. It has to be renewed every month. The three biggest companies are Vodafone, Orange and Movistar. I would go with either Vodafone or Orange, because they are the biggest and have the best coverage and also have the most locations if you need help or need to recharge.

I think as a first time pilgrim and because you have doubts and fears you should walk on The Camino Frances. It has the best infrastructure. There are many, many places and choices of where to sleep and how you want to sleep. There are the most people so you will have a much greater opportunity to meet your fellow pilgrims. The choice between going alone or on a tour is difficult and can only be made by you,
But remember EVERYONE HAS ANXIETY AND FEAR before their first camino. I have some and I am going to walk my 6th Camino in October. You will be amazed at how quickly your fears will get less and less as you take each step. The biggest advantage of walking alone is you can walk your own camino without anyone telling you when to start or stop, where to sleep and where to eat. Believe me on the first day with just the smallest amount of effort you will meet other pilgrims who need compassion, love and encouragement just like you. There will even be more pilgrims ready to share these things with you.
If you are alone and are worried about your safety or you have a feeling something is wrong. Stop and wait and walk with other pilgrims. On The Camino Frances another pilgrim to help you feel more secure is probably just a few moments away.

Read and learn and focus on the excitement and let the experience just happen. The more expectations you have the more stress you will put yourself under. Just take the first step and go.
 

cxiuyenoh90

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Hi Celine, If I may give you my opinion. First I would go to this website and download this app called Alert Cops. I have it on my telephone. If you have an emergency. If you are really completely lost, or injured or feeling completely alone or unsafe you can turn this app on and you will be put in touch with an English speaking person who can guide you or send you help quickly. There is a GPS on the app so the Police can find you in an emergency. The app is free and was developed by the Spanish government.


I believe that you will need to have a cell phone and internet connection that is active in Spain to use this app. I always get a Spanish SIM card before I go. I use the Mobil company called Orange because their plan works best for me. I think in 2019 it was $20 Euros for a month. It has to be renewed every month. The three biggest companies are Vodafone, Orange and Movistar. I would go with either Vodafone or Orange, because they are the biggest and have the best coverage and also have the most locations if you need help or need to recharge.

I think as a first time pilgrim and because you have doubts and fears you should walk on The Camino Frances. It has the best infrastructure. There are many, many places and choices of where to sleep and how you want to sleep. There are the most people so you will have a much greater opportunity to meet your fellow pilgrims. The choice between going alone or on a tour is difficult and can only be made by you,
But remember EVERYONE HAS ANXIETY AND FEAR before their first camino. I have some and I am going to walk my 6th Camino in October. You will be amazed at how quickly your fears will get less and less as you take each step. The biggest advantage of walking alone is you can walk your own camino without anyone telling you when to start or stop, where to sleep and where to eat. Believe me on the first day with just the smallest amount of effort you will meet other pilgrims who need compassion, love and encouragement just like you. There will even be more pilgrims ready to share these things with you.
If you are alone and are worried about your safety or you have a feeling something is wrong. Stop and wait and walk with other pilgrims. On The Camino Frances another pilgrim to help you feel more secure is probably just a few moments away.

Read and learn and focus on the excitement and let the experience just happen. The more expectations you have the more stress you will put yourself under. Just take the first step and go.
thank you so much and i truly grateful toward everyone who comment on here to help to answer my question and its a delight to hear about and thank you again for introduce me what application and other option and lot full advice for me to begin the Camino de Santiago after the covid is end and thank you
 
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thank you so much and i truly grateful toward everyone who comment on here to help to answer my question and its a delight to hear about and thank you again for introduce me what application and other option and lot full advice for me to begin the Camino de Santiago after the covid is end and thank you
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wow......it give me alot of option and decision which route to take and is it ok to go alone or go with tour first then go alone ??
For Camino in Spainp7q
wow......it give me alot of option and decision which route to take and is it ok to go alone or go with tour first then go alone ??
Forget the tour. The last 5 days of the Camino are filled with tour groups? What you really want to experience is the days before that. Be a Pilgrim, not a Tourgrim. 😅
It's safe to be walking alone. You will meet others, that's the idea, not the same as a tour.
 

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Celina, as to the other non Spanish/Portuguese routes I did was Italy (via Francigena) on a bike to Rome and the last one in 2019 before the covid in Germany (Mosel Camino) as I had a reunion there and took a week to walk the small stretch from Koblenze to Trier before that. In Trier where it ended there was a marker that says another over 2000 km to Santiago. I even dwell on it thinking for a few seconds.. 😂
You can see my posts on my blog for all my caminos
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Excuse the sometimes terrible English in the blog as I do the posting at the end of the day of walking and often tired. Never got around to editing the posts.
Starting from 2006 a mix of internet cafe once every few days and the rest after I am back from walking, 2007 where I discover free internet at the libraries even in small town. 2008 where my wifi equipt phone can do that without using their terminal/PC, 2012 when finally I can do it with an iphone 4 and a prepaid sim card plus offline maps, and it has pretty much being the same since then.
 

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Hi Celina

I’m from Australia and have lived in KL and walked the Camino about 15 times. Both are safe places although anything can happen anywhere.

Depending on where you wish to start, the easiest option is to go to Pamplona via Madrid and then either take the afternoon bus to SJPP or just walk on from Pamplona.

Your biggest challenge, depending on your experience, will be finding satisfying food. There is fantastic food along the way (especially seafood) but not always to Malaysian tastes. So pack some spicy sauce to relieve the monotony.

If you are planning this then that means you are an unusual Malaysian and so will be super ready for everything and super appreciative of everything. And that will endear you to Spanish people who generally welcome such welcoming people.
 

cxiuyenoh90

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For Camino in Spainp7q

Forget the tour. The last 5 days of the Camino are filled with tour groups? What you really want to experience is the days before that. Be a Pilgrim, not a Tourgrim. 😅
It's safe to be walking alone. You will meet others, that's the idea, not the same as a tour.
That true
 

cxiuyenoh90

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Celina, as to the other non Spanish/Portuguese routes I did was Italy (via Francigena) on a bike to Rome and the last one in 2019 before the covid in Germany (Mosel Camino) as I had a reunion there and took a week to walk the small stretch from Koblenze to Trier before that. In Trier where it ended there was a marker that says another over 2000 km to Santiago. I even dwell on it thinking for a few seconds.. 😂
You can see my posts on my blog for all my caminos
http://camino.wificat.com

Excuse the sometimes terrible English in the blog as I do the posting at the end of the day of walking and often tired. Never got around to editing the posts.
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cxiuyenoh90

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Hi Celina

I’m from Australia and have lived in KL and walked the Camino about 15 times. Both are safe places although anything can happen anywhere.

Depending on where you wish to start, the easiest option is to go to Pamplona via Madrid and then either take the afternoon bus to SJPP or just walk on from Pamplona.

Your biggest challenge, depending on your experience, will be finding satisfying food. There is fantastic food along the way (especially seafood) but not always to Malaysian tastes. So pack some spicy sauce to relieve the monotony.

If you are planning this then that means you are an unusual Malaysian and so will be super ready for everything and super appreciative of everything. And that will endear you to Spanish people who generally welcome such welcoming people.
I am unusual Malaysian people and need to take up once a life time.journey to see the world's, I'm sure it gonna worth a thousand
 

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wow......it give me alot of option and decision which route to take and is it ok to go alone or go with tour first then go alone ??
Celina, usually one walks the camino with a group or "alone" (one is never alone). I lived in Ipoh, Malaysia 1970-73. I started camino walking with the Frances as it's the most popular. The time that you have for walking determines your starting point. Buen camino.
 

cxiuyenoh90

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Celina, usually one walks the camino with a group or "alone" (one is never alone). I lived in Ipoh, Malaysia 1970-73. I started camino walking with the Frances as it's the most popular. The time that you have for walking determines your starting point. Buen camino.
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hello,
im celina from malaysia and wondering how to go camino de santiago and what ways can i go to as pilgrims and im trying to go and wondering any advice or tips or guide to help.
Thank you.
from celina (malaysia)
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