Leg 3 of our one year of travel left us in eastern India, and right next door is one of the top travel destinations in the world, and also one of the cheapest! I’m talking about Southeast Asia, a must for any round the world travel excursion.
Inna and I have been to North, South, and Central America, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East. We have not been to Africa, India, Asia, or Australia. In this trip, we are coming from India and will hit up Australia later, right now we get to finally visit Asia!
There are so many places in Asia that Inna and I want to visit, namely: China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Bali, and more I can’t even think of right now. For this trip however, we are keeping ourselves to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. We also might add Taiwan, Bali, Hong Kong, or Singapore as we make our way back to Europe. The rest of Asia is either too expensive (Japan), too far removed (South Korea), or too much to not do as its own trip (China).
Another reason we are keeping ourselves to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia is that those are three of our most desired travel destinations. Angkor Wat is right up there with the Taj Mahal as one of our most wanted to visit architectural sites in the world, and Ha Long Bay is the same for our most wanted to visit nature destinations. There’s also all of Thailand’s nature and wildlife, which Inna and I both enjoy (we imagine Thailand as Asia’s version of Costa Rica). And then there’s scuba diving, which Inna loves and Thailand and Vietnam are two of the top scuba diving destinations in the world.
Alright, without further ado, here’s the Southeast Asia leg of our round the world trip:
Notes: this itinerary has us flying back to Europe (after Australia and New Zealand) through Hong Kong. Hence it’s unconnected inclusion in this map. Also, Ho Chi Minh City was formerly called Saigon. The name was changed after North Vietnam, led by Ho Chi Minh, won the Vietnam war.
Some specs for this trip: ~5100 miles, three countries, four border crossings, six of the hundred most visited cities in the world (including two of the top three), one of the New7Wonders of Nature, one finalist for the New7Wonders of the World, twelve UNESCO World Heritage Sites, countless national parks, one tropical island, and lots of coastline and beaches.
Up next: Australia and New Zealand!