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Friday, October 7, 2011

November South East Asian Backpacking Trip


I've been planning a long arduous, but a necessary and a madness staving off trip in Asia for the last couple of years. I've penciled out the later part of 2012 or early 2013 for it. However, I could not wait not to make a trip right now. With my work in between and rolling on a dire budget, I consider this upcoming November trips of mine to the cities of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Cambodia), Bangkok and Chiang Mai (Thailand) as only a precursor to the big bang that is bound to happen either in 2012 or 2013.  

Since I cannot afford to be on the road for a long time (YET), I've divided these incursions into two legs. The first part will consist of Saigon - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap and the other half will be Bangkok - Chiang Mai.

Saigon - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Map showing the Saigon - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap route
The first part will take me from Manila to Saigon, then head straight to a bus terminal bound for Phnom Penh where I'll arrive in the afternoon and hopefully check some sights before spending the night in a cool guesthouse (courtesy of Roomorama). The next day I'll take another bus ride towards Siem Reap where I'll spend at least two days to the point of experiencing a "temple overdose" in the vast grounds of "Ankor Wat". I will then go back to Phnom Penh for another night before heading back to Saigon for another couple of days.

Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Map showing the route from Bangkok - Chiang Mai
The second leg, happening in the tail-end of November will be a shorter one but will require strenuous traveling. Hey I like it that way, an "Amazing Race" pace. I'll spend the first day at Bangkok since the flight from Manila arrives very early in the morning, then will hop in to a sleeper train (should be fun, as its gonna be my first time) en route to Thailand's ancient capital of Chiang Mai. I will spend two full days there before taking yet another sleeper bus or train back to Bangkok for another day. 

Sounds like a plan! isn't it? Yeah I'm excited, pumped up and ready to roll. Hope to see some of you on the road. If ever, some of you will be in the are around November, just drop me a line.

"The world is like a book, waiting to be read" lets turn its pages one trip at a time.



14 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG...Cool Marky!

Anonymous said...

WOW naman galing mo Marky, isa ka ng alamat! Ibang iba nun nasa AMN ka pa. Good job!

Supertikoy said...

ingat sa trip marky...uu nga amazing race nga 'to

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Yey! Excited for you. Long term backpacking naman neks chir!

Robbie said...

Woot! Congrats on this trip, Marky! Ang saya niyan, I bet. Hope everyone gets to do something like this at least once in their lifetime. =)

RON | fliptravels.com said...

hey! goodluck on ur first sleeper train! keep us posted. let me know where will you be staying in SR, we got a very good friend who own a hostel near pub street!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

panagarap ko din magawa 'to... sana soon! have fun on this trip Marky... :)

Markyramone said...

Thanks fellow PTB's - Rob and Pinoy try it soon. Gay, Jerome and Ron, I wanna try long term backpacking soon like you've done in the past.

Anonymous - yeah never had the chance to go traveling during our AMN days, kasi 3 months delay sahod naten nuon lol.

The SoleSisters said...

Congrats Marky! Looking forward to your stories and adventures!

Ed said...

I'll be anticipating your entries on these places. Masaya na rin at may pangreference ako next year :D

joan | the backpack chronicles said...

Congrats Marky. Have a safe trip po and just enjoy every single minute of it. AMAZING RACE na AMAZING RACE lang!!

flipnomad said...

congrats marky! will look forward sa mga post mo :-)

Markyramone said...

Thanks Lois, Ed, Joan and Flip for the encouragement and all of you have inspired me further to see the world. Cheers see you on the road.

dong ho said...

marky, i know the feeling of waiting for a dream trip. so im not surprised if i find people schedule their trips earlier than planned.

the route is exciting. we will look forward to this.

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