Trip Statistics & Favorites

Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
Trip End Jul 20, 2012

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Here are some interesting statistics about our wonderful trip to Asia. We will never forget it!

Trip Statistics:
  • Trip Length 39 Days
  • Number of Air Planes: 15
  • Bags Checked Going: 3
  • Bags Checked Return: 4
  • Air Carriers: 5
  • Hotels: 14
  • Cities Visited: 29
  • Nights on a Boat: 1
  • Nights on a Train: 1
  • Number of Cab rides: 37
  • Number of Subway Trips: 11
  • Number of Tuk Tuk Rides: 9
  • Number of Train Rides 5
  • Number of Elephant Rides: 1
  • Number of Boat Rides: 27
  • Number of Photos Taken: 5708

Accomodations (in order of stay):
1) Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai; (2) Crowne Plaza Yichang, (3) Hilton Xi'an, (4) Fairmont Beijing; (5) Hilton Beijing; (6) Fairmont Beijing; (7) Intercontinental Hanoi; (8) IndoChina Sails Junk Boat; (9) Hoi An Life Heritage Resort; (10) Intercontinental Saigon; (11) Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort; (12) Zeavola; (13) Centara Grande Villas Ao Nang; (14) Intercontinental Bangkok; (15) Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong; (16) Langford Place Hong Kong; (17) Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai

Top 5 Favorite Accomodations (we all agree):
(1) Zeavola Ko Phi Phi; (2) Centara Grande Villas Ao Nang; (3) Indochina Sails Junk Boat
(4)* Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai; (5) Hoi An Life Heritage Resort

*Major now says he thinks Intercontinental Saigon should be number 4
since it had the chocolate fountain

Top 15 Activities (Major):
  • Rafting on the Juawan Stream
  • "Seeing where Papaw Faught" and going into the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Phuket Fantasea
  • Disneyland Hong Kong
  • The Monkey Trail
  • Riding in International First Class on the way home
  • Snorkeling at Ko Phi Phi
  • Riding the Scooters in Hoi An
  • Bike Riding in Vietnam
  • Daddy's Birthday on the Great Wall of China
  • Shopping on the Floating Market (Bangkok)
  • Shanghai Aquarium (where we got to see the sharks)
  • Hiking up Hubei Mountain
  • Mekong Delta Speedboat Excursion
  • Visiting the Buddhas in (1) Hong Kong; (2) Bangkok; and (3) Phuket
  • Riding the Elephant in Phuket

Top 13 Activities (Mickell):
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • The Red Door Cooking Class in Hoi An
  • Rafting on the Juawan Stream
  • Visiting the Great Wall of China
  • Riding the Scooters in Hoi An
  • Kayaking around the Rock in Ao Nang
  • Hiking up Hubei Mountain
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • Mekong Delta Speedboat Excursion
  • The Monkey Trail
  • Muslim Market in Xi'An
  • Cable Car Ride & Visiting the Buddha in Hong Kong
  • Disneyland Hong Kong

Top 11 Activities (Kevin):
  • Going to the Great Wall of China on my 40th Birthday followed-up with dinner at the famous Da Dong Roasted Duck Restaurant in Beijing (I'll never forget the exploding chocolate bomb)
  • Diving in Maya Bay and the Lagoon on Ko Phi Phi Le
  • Juawan "Stream" White Water Rafting Trip
  • Hong Kong Big Buddha Pilgrimage & Getting Blessed by a Monk in Phuket
  • Making the Trek along the Monkey Trail in Ao Nang with Mickell & Major
  • Lounging on the beach bean bag in Ko Phi Phi with the candlelight of a lantern while staring up at the stars and listening to the waves (and blogging on my computer while doing it)
  • Getting the shoulder, neck, and head massage at Life Heritage Resort
  • Commandeering the Scooters in Hoi An
  • Attending the Red Door Cooking School on the Thu Bon River
  • Cu Chi Tunnel Speedboat Excursion in Saigon
  • Riding in International First Class on the way Home

Most Random Event:

  • Talking to the only westerner on the Great Wall with us and later realizing that it was Gayle King (Oprah's Friend)
Funniest Moments on the Trip:
  • At 4am in Bangkok Major came over from his sofa bed and laid at the foot of our bed. Mickell woke up and started kicking and saying, "there's a monkey, get away, get away." He scurried for the light and we all laughed when it was just Major!
  • In Shanghai after being totally mobbed all day by strangers wanting to take his picture, Major was sitting with a group of girls for a picture and he had finally had enough. He just started sprinting away and ultimately hid behind a chair in a Starbucks. The girls all followed and kept walking by looking for him.
  • Shopping for custom made shoes, being completely disappointed, and then for a laugh purposefully leaving the shoes (and a hiking stick) in the Da Nang airport.
  • The monkey opening the door, coming into our room, and selectively taking the bag of peanuts (rather than the cheaper mini bar options)
  • Major's complete and utter disgust as he accidentally put his hand in monkey poop that had been left behind on the railing along the monkey trail
  • The monkeys at monkey beach on ko phi phi when the boat driver lured him on the boat and then backed away and then him diving out and swimming back to shore.
  • Mickell and Major's expressions after seeing the bats and exiting the cu chi tunnels in Saigon

Major's Top Annoyances on the Trip:
(1) Having so many strangers stalk him to take his photograph; (2) Being without our family; and, (3) Not getting to have raspberries
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