Rough Asia Itinerary
Trip Start Apr 30, 2007
69Trip End Nov 29, 2008
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The good news is me and Katie are now doing Ayres Rock together (wooo hooo). We then spend one more night in Darwin and then head fly over to Singapore together where we spend one night and then head up through Malaysia to Kuala Lumpur ready to fly straight out to Bali for a week.
It is Carly's birthday on 8th September and I've sold her on the idea of spending it in Bali, so we're all now flying over there for a week
After Bali, Hannah and Carly fly home :-( and Katie and I jump on a ferry over to Java; the main Indonesian Island, where we will trek across to Jakarta; which is the capital.
From Jakarta we will fly to Bangkok. Once in Bangkok, we will have a lot of sorting out to do, like getting Visa's arranged for various countries and sorting out itineraries for said countries.
Whilst our visas are being processed we will head north to Chiang Mai to view the oldest temples in Thailand and probably some jungle trekking. Then slightly west to a place called Pai, which has been recommended to us by one of Katie's friends who actually lived there for a few years. Apparently it used to be a small village but I think tourism is slowly taking over and the backpackers are flocking in. There are elephant camps, waterfalls and hot springs just outside the town which I am sure we'll visit and it looks like we'll be staying in a little tree house on stilts above the water for approximately 50p per night
We aim to spend about a week to 10 days exploring the north of Thailand.
Then back to Bangkok to collect our passports and visa's and then on to Laos for tubing!! Tubing is becoming one of the highlights of Laos! You start at the top of a lazy river with a donut inflatable ring and literally glide all the way down a river. Along the river bank are little bars (well stall's that sell alcohol), if you want to stop, you put your hand up and they pull you in by a stick! You then sit there for as long as you like drinking beer/wine and get free shots of 'Lao Lao', which is some sort of nasty red wine. Apparently there are loads of swings and jumps off the side into the water you can do or you can just lay in your ring, lapping up the sunshine and watching everyone else belly flop and make a fool of themselves!! It looks like soooo much fun. One of the girls I met in Sydney has done it a few times, she said you just meet so many people and end up going out with them in the evenings!
We're looking at spending about 2 weeks in Laos I think, before we head off to Vietnam.
A couple of weeks going all the way through Vietnam and then entering Cambodia.
Probably wont spend too long in Cambodia, I want to see all the killing fields and where Tomb Raider (Angkor Wat Temple) was filmed and obviously the infamous budda statue but that's about it. So probably about a week (ish) for that and then back into Thailand.
We will then visit the south islands of Thailand like Puket (where the James Bond Island scene's were filmed), Krabi and Phi Phi (where The Beach was filmed) before we have to be in Ko Phang Yang (which is slightly north east).
We're heading to Ko Phang Yang for the beginning of November as that's when the full moon party is on... which we seriously don't want to miss. The full moon party usually expects anywhere between 10 thousand and 20 thousand people. Tourists and locals cover themselves in UV colours and spend 3 days partying on the beach! It's an event not to be missed.
So after the partying, we will head to Ko Phang Yang's sister island Ko Samui for a few days and then head either back to Krabi for a few days or south to Malaysia to explore for the few weeks before heading back to Singapore for the last time, to catch our flight to Dubai
Due to awkward flight times we only actually get one full day in Dubai which is a shame. We arrive at about midnight but plan to dump our bags and head straight out to view Dubai's biggest temple which is lit up at night in different colours and apparently looks spectacular. The roof is meant to look like a chandelier and the light sparkles for miles. So we want to see that and get some photo's... then hopefully grab some sleep!! I don't know what we'll do with our one full day in Dubai to be honest, we'll try and cram as much as we can in though.
And then it will be a case of flying home!!
It's all coming around very quickly, it's pretty daunting!!
I'm now into my last two weeks at work and have been busy arranging a leaving meal and drinks. We're heading into Perth city on Friday 1st August to a swanky Japanese restaurant for dinner and then heading to a nice bar for cocktails. Should be a nice evening... although it will be sad to say goodbye to everyone here. That's the worst part of travelling, you meet so many amazing people and you get so attached to them so quickly and then you have to say goodbye :-( Thank the Lord for Facebook and email!!
We're holding an open viewing afternoon this Saturday in hope of finding someone to take the house over for the last two months of our contract, so we can get our bond back and head up the coast, so fingers crossed we find someone.
The girls and I are going to a Christmas party on Friday 25th July! Aussie's usually have their Christmas dinner on this date as it's winter and probably at it's coldest!! Perfect time for a nice warm Christmas roast!! It will be nicer than the McDonalds I ended up having instead of Christmas dinner last year anyway!
Everything else is ok over here at the moment. I had the unfortunate news of Grandad (Bev's dad) passing away on Friday 18th August which is very sad. He's been ill for some time now and after testing for all types of illnesses they finally discovered he had a vicious strain of Lymphoma. So my love goes out to Bev and the family back home, I'm thinking of you all and I wish I was with you. And obviously sweet dreams to Grandad xxx
Anyway before I start the tears again at work I think I shall wrap this up and start looking on Google Images for some nice pretty pictures of where I am heading so you guys can get a rough idea of what I will be up to and I can spend the rest of the day dreaming about my upcoming adventures!!