Traveling SE Asia
I am not particularly special, Thousands of people are heading to SE Asia every year for vacation or extended travel.
Banana Panckake Trail
I ended up finding a great priced ticket with Delta airlines. Jan 13th from San Diego to Bangkok. Return May 26th from Hong Kong to Seattle.
I bought two tickets from Air Asia. April 22nd from Singapore to Bali, Indonesia. May 21st from Jakarta, Indonesia to Hong Kong.
Other than booking these tickets I have no concrete plans. I have yet to book even one hotel or hostel. My travel plans are very open to say the least. The biggest reason I’m against booking any accommodation is that I’m not sure how long I’d like to stay in certain towns and for some places like the islands of Thailand I’m not sure which ones I will visit yet. I have a very good idea of the towns I plan on visiting in most countries, but as I meet people and hear stories I may add new places to my itinerary as well.
Here is a quick rundown of my itinerary:
After spending a couple days in Bangkok and obtaining my visa for Vietnam I’ll head north to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to visit the countryside and go trekking to some villages. From the border of Thailand and Laos at Chiang Khong I’ll take a slow boat down the Mekong river for two days to arrive in Luang Prabang. My plans for Laos are still open but 3 towns I’m looking at visiting include Nong Khiaw, Vang Vieng, and Vientiane. Now I’m looking at either flying from Vientiane, Laos to Hanoi, Vietnam or taking a 30 hour bus ride. Ouch..
Either way I’ll get to Hanoi and then get on a boat and visit the beautiful area of Halong Bay. To make this quick I plan on extensively taking on the Vietnam coast including but not limited to Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City. I want to explore the Mekong Delta area between HCMC and the Cambodian border maybe trying to find another boat ride!
Into Cambodia, I have not done much research on this yet, but I know the main attractions are the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh and the spectacular temple ruins of Angkor Wat. From Siem Reap I’ll head back to Bangkok. I have scheduled up to 2 months for the above part of the trip.
Should be March 15th or so now and I’ll be heading south out of Bangkok to Phuket and all the amazing islands of southern Thailand looking for surf and I’d also like to do my first ever scuba trip! Continuing south into Malaysia and all the way to Singapore where I will fly to Indo on April 22nd.
I’m thinking I’ll spend 2 weeks in Bali. If anyone wants to visit, the surf should be kicking! Then another 2 weeks surfing my way from Bali to Jakarta on Java island. I fly Jakarta to Hong Kong on May 21st for 5 days before returning to Seattle on May 26th.
Obviously your time frame will be the biggest factor in determining your itinerary.
This was one of my biggest, longest, and most anticipated trips. The set up to make SE Asia happen was long and extensive.