29 days in Southeast Asia

March 2010

There is something surreal about Southeast Asia.  The people are friendly (Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles”), the food is delicious, and the sites are amazing.  Fortunately, the U.S. dollar goes a bit further in this region so it is relatively inexpensive.

On this leg of my trip, I went to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.  It was a loop around Southeast Asia.  My travels were with an organized group, but luckily we were just a group of eight.  Sometimes traveling in an organized group is great as all the accommodations and transportation is managed in advance.  Although I believe that independent travel is usually my style, I found this tour to be very effective.

It is quite easy to travel around the region as most people speak English.  Some of my favorite places were Luang Prabang, Laos; Hoi An, Vietnam; and Siem Reap, Cambodia.  But ultimately, the temples of Cambodia such as Angkor Wat, exceeded my expectations.

Our itinerary for Southeast Asia:

Day 1:         Bangkok Thailand (Wat Po, Chao Phraya River)
Day 2-3:     Chiang Mai
Day 4:         Huay Xia, Laos
Day 5:         Pakbeng, Laos
Day 6-8:     Luang Prabang, Laos (Kuang Si Falls, Elephant Ride, Night Market in city center)
Day 9-10:   Vientiane, Laos (Cope Center, Ho Pra Koe)
Day 11:        Hin boun, Laos
Day 12:        Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Day 13:        Halong Bay, Vietnam
Day 14-15:  Hanoi, Vietnam (Water puppet show, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum)
Day 16-17:  Hue, Vietnam (Citadel, Perfume River boat, Pagoda, Royal Tomb)
Day 18-20:  Hoi An, Vietnam (My Son, city center)
Day 21-22:  Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (City cyclo tour, Cu Chi tunnels)
Day 23-24:  Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Royal Palace, Russian Market, Tuol Sleng and Killing Fields)
Day 25-27:  Siem Reap, Cambodia (Angkor Wat, Bayan, Terrace of Leper King, Pre-Rup, Bantery Shrey, and many amazing temples)
Day 28-29:  Bangkok, Thailand

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Cambodia

Laos

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About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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One Response to 29 days in Southeast Asia

  1. Snowy says:

    Hi Jan!! I like your umbrellas. Have a safe and fun trip!! See you in September when you get back=)

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