QUOTE(rbisset @ May 27 2008, 12:09 PM)
Edit: Just had a look at your trip route and it is pretty crazy! all the way over to Far East Asia, back to Europe then a 24 hour flight to Australia! Also the random side-trip from Denmark to Netherlands via Burkina Faso!!
Also don't miss out on Laos. Fit it in your schedule between Thailand and Cambodia.
hah, yeah, my route is not really fixed... i think i still gotta mix it up a bit... I really just wanted to fill out that map, I was tired of staring at it all blank. and europe is a total play it by ear sorta thing for me, I dont know where I want to go in Europe, so many places I want to revisit. But i just tried to make my trip the most convenient weather wise, I hate cold, I want to be warm, so i think i have done somewhat of a good job at fitting in the countries I want without getting too cold.
So why Laos? I havent thought much about that place actually.
so Im thinking my route in south east asia will start from Jakarta, take the ferries around indonesia, and then onto singapore, train to kuala lumpur, muck around that area a bit, then take a train up into thailand, and take my time around there see what i see... was half thinking maybe cutting out cambodia and vietnam I dont know, I got a lot of places I want to go. But in anycase, i would find my way either by plane or train to hong kong, then since there doesnt seem to be a boat to taiwan, fly to taipei... and boat to japan and work my way up, stay there for a couple months, then there is a boat from Osaka to Shanghai that i just found out about.
I know flying is so much faster and easier but I just have a crazy sentimental attachment to the idea of traveling by boat and train. Makes this more of a journey than just some sight seeing tourist vacation.
And I dont speak any other languages except for swear words in a handful of languages... But Im prepared to load up my lap top with some language courses, because there are a few places I want to venture to in taiwan. So I will add mandarin to me list of language cds I need to get. thanks for your help on this, I may be calling upon you for more advice later since you seem to know a lot about this region.