7 days

Trip Start Mar 05, 2007
Trip End May 01, 2007

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Well, its here! The 7 day count down has begun! We've been collecting supplies, getting shots and reading travel books for long enough. Its time for us to actually hit the road. We've come up with a basic itinerary for our trip that we're hoping to follow. We dont have a lot of time, so if we do stick with our plans we'll be running like hell from city to city, but we'll see everything we want to see. We put together a version without all the boring train info and stuff, so check it out.

Rock Asia

5-Mar Depart Salt Lake City United Flight 1177 at 8:55 am

6-Mar Singapore Arrive 6-Mar
Visit Little India, Changi Prison Museum and Chapel, Clay talks Jeff into G-Max Bungee Jumping with him
train to Jerantut, Malaysia
supplies for Taman Negara Rainforest
taxi to Kuala Tembeling
jetty and catch boat to Kuala Tahan

10-Mar Taman Negara, Malaysia
Mass of primary jungle over 130 million years old sprawling 4343 sq km.
rainforest trekking, cross canopy walkways
deep jungle trek with guide to Gunang Tahan
train to Kota Bharu
bus to Jerteh
bus/taxi to Kuala Besut
boat to Perhentian Islands

16-Mar Pualau Perhentian Islands
Undeveloped, car free, no phone lines limited electricity, white-sand beaches and the jungle
snorkeling and light scuba on the reef
sit on our butts and soak up the sun
train to Surat Thani
ferry to Ko Tao

19-Mar Ko Tao, Thailand
Diving and snorkeling mecca, abundant in coral and diverse marine life
snorkeling and swimming
spa massages
ferry to Chumphon
train to Bangkok

21-Mar Bangkok, Thailand
One night in Bangkok. Really, we've heard there really isn't much to see there.
Bangkok Palace
train to Aranya Prathet
cross Cambodia border to Poipet
bus to Siem Reap

22-Mar Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Hundreds of temple ruins, built between the 9th and 13th century. The largest, Angkor Wat, would make its European castle counterparts blush. One of the most inspired and spectacular monuments ever conceived by the human mind. The temples are now open for exploring.
rent motorcycle to get around temple sites
play Indiana Jones for the three days
cross Thailand border
train from Aranya Prather to Bangkok
train to Chiang Mai
swangthaew into town

30-Mar Chaing Mai, Thailand
AIDS treatment center/volunteer
elephant trek to hill villages
Clay takes a Thai cooking class at Baan Thai Jeff studies at the Wat Suan Dok with the monks
cross border into Huay Xai, Laos

3-Apr Bokeo, Laos
After the 5 hour walk into the reserve, we'll climb into a treehouse and won't touch the ground for three days. There is a network of ziplines all around the jungle to get around. We'll be helping to stop poachers in the area (with the money) and aiding in the rehabilitation of Gibbon monkeys.
Gibbon Monkey conservation and tree stay in Bokeo Nature Reserve
cross into China
arrive Mohan at border
bus to Mengla
bus to Jinghon
bus to Kunming, China

7-Apr Kunming
See Tang Dynasty Pagodas and Nancheng Mosque
train to Guilin
bus to Yangshuo

10-Apr Yangshuo, China
Clay's absolute, favorite place in China. A sleepy, but hip village, surrounded by Dr. Seuss like mountains. However, this time will be better because I wont almost get eaten by an alligator (lets hope).
white water rafting
bike through rice paties
volunteer at the Yangshuo English school
train to Wuhan

16-Apr Yellow Mountains, China
1200 years as a destination for poets and artists, we'll spend two days hiking to the summit and look down on the clouds from Purple Cloud Peak.
hike to the summit, spend the night, watch the sunrise
hike down western slope
head to Hefei

21-Apr Long Shan
Clay's "home town" in China. The village where he lived two years ago.
see the peeps

23-Apr Putuoshan
The China you see in postcards and in coffee-table books. Temples, pagodas, arched bridges, narrrow alleys, fishing boats, artisans and monks.
explore Buddha carvings
See shrines to Guanyin
head to Shanghai

24-Apr Shanghai
Pearl Market
Black Market
head to Beijing

29-Apr Beijing
Tiananmen Square
See Chairman Mao's wrinkled, raisin body
Great Wall
Forbidden City

I feel like there should be some enlightening and profound message included in this first entry. That there ought to be some expressive prose about the beauty and wonder of this planet. But I guess thats why we're taking this trip in the first place.

Instead I'm going to include the message that I want inscribed on my tombstone. I hope thats not bad luck.

"May the sky remain forever blue for you, my young friend; and even as the hour which is now approaching for me, when the woods are dark already, when night is falling fast, you will console yourself as I do by looking up at the sky."
--Marcel Proust

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