I’ve been traveling for almost two months!
It’s time to update my travel itinerary!
I’m having a blast! Not once have I regretted selling all my things, leaving my job, or being so far from family. It’s not all fun in the sun, I’ve said that a few times, but for the most part, this is a wonderful lifestyle for me.
Up to this point, I’ve been sticking to my original itinerary of spending about a month in each place, but there’s so much more I want to see while I’ve over here so we’re jumping to warp 9!
Here’s the new plan:
Laos – Arrive May 22nd-June 1st
Arrive by slow boat from Huay Xai or Chiang Rai
- Take slow boat to Pakbeng and Luang Prabang .
- Visit Phonsavan and go to plain of jars
- Take the night bus to Vientiane
Fly to Vietnam – I don’t think I could be on a pukey bus for 22 hours.
Hanoi – Living with a local family via Workaway to practice English.
- Old quarter
- Thang Long water puppet theater
- Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi. John McCain was imprisoned there during the war
- Two nights
- Visit tailor for a dress
MAYBE: In Vietnam I would take the road into Da Lat in the mountains before heading to Phan Theit. Awesome experiences of canyoneering.
Ho Chi Minh
- Galaxy Hotel & Capsule – $8/night with a/c
- Ben Thanh Market
- The Starlight bridge
- Bach Dang, looks like floating markets
MAYBE: Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City, provides some insight to the war and some of the tactics used by the NVA. Wiki link for the lazy
- Recommended by the redditors – best crab dinner under $5
- Genocide Center
- Patio Hotel and Urban Resort – INFINITY POOL!!
- The Royal Palace
- Central Market
- Russian Market
- Aeon Mall (probably has A/C)
OR INSTEAD:: Koh Rong Sanloem or Koh Ta Kiev
Koh Ta Kiev
- Beautiful island
- Bat Cave – $3 bike ride to the top, bats come out around 6-6:30
- Crocodile farm – couple bucks, accessible by bike
- One hour walk from town, but awesome death site
- Phsar Nath Market
- Angkor Wat
- Pub Street – free to walk around! Go at night.
- Silk workshop, free, close to pub street ^
- Terrace of the leopard king
- Psar Chaa “Old Market” – free to wander!
- The Victory Gate
- Free traditional children’s (by orphans) dance at 6:30 pm, donation based
Fly to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia $55
- Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
- Little India
- Bird Park if humane
- Batu Caves
- Twin Towers (freakkkky!)
- Dining in the dark – a restaurant by the visually impaired You’re served a preselected menu, they don’t tell you what’s on it, and you eat it in the dark! Sounds freaky and fun! About $30, we’ll see where money is at that time.
Bus to Singapore (stay 2 days)
- Eat Hainanese Chicken Rice & Hokkien Mee as recommended by Reuben
- Ferris wheel & Orchard Road (window shopping)
- Haw Par Village (recommended by Reuben), cool cultural / chinese folklore area
Fly from Singapore to Jakarta, Indonesia – $50
- Try the mall food – cheap and plentiful – also in the basement of department stores
- Lots of museums, I’m actually not a huge museum person so this will depend on prices
- Ride the public transit
Fly from Jakarta to Hong Kong – $100
- Ride the Star Ferry at night to see the skyline
- EAT ALL THE THINGS!
- Horse racing – $10 on Wednesday and weekends. Check if humane!
- Take the Tram to the island – $2.50, it’s like a ski lift
- Dim Sum if I can find friends to go with – it’s expensive!
Fly from Hong Kong to Tokyo / Osaka ~$150
- Aokigahara – the suicide forest
- Toyko Metro!
- Ride the bullet train
- Akihabara – anime central!
- Fish Market!
- Visit all 11 landmarks from Studio Ghibli films!!!
- Eat my face off in sushi
- Visit the Studio Ghibli Musuem
- Visit an Onsen if I can find one that allows tattoos
Fly from Tokyo to Seoul, South Korea – $80
- Enjoy food!
- Gyeongbokgung Palace – very beautiful
Fly to San Francisco from Seoul, South Korea – $400
San Francisco to Chicago – paid already
- Sleep off the jetlag
- Sushi Para M
- Stay with Mia and Tom
Chicago to Dayton – paid already
- Get a seasonal job, save for trip to Mexico
- Pet Yahtzee (my cat) till she bites me
- Freaking enjoy seeing my family!!
Am I getting ambitious – maybe too much?
Even to me, the answer is ‘Yes’ LOL. I’m worried the money won’t last (maybe I’ll get some birthday money in July) or that I’ll get pooped out. I’ve spent the day today contacting Workaways in these areas, despite my rough experience with the first one.
I’m still targeting a return to the states in September.
I know in my heart I can do it ^_^
Ever been to any of these places? Any tips? Glad to have you along! 😀