I was planning to be a low-cost typical Asian backpacker but ended up spending way more than my budget since I’ve been hanging out with mostly Europeans who find Asia very cheap- but no regrets, I really had a great time and still having a blast! In, 01 July 2013, was my 11th day in Koh Pah Ngan, Southern Thailand, attending a 21-day yoga retreat and just chilling after almost two months of crossing borders, partying hard, socializing, visiting temples and museums, etc.. Please also note that my younger brother and sister was traveling with me on my first 3 weeks – Thailand, Laos and Vietnam! It was incredible bonding time with my siblings and it was actually their first time traveling outside the Philippines!
If you’re heading on your first solo trip, I highly recommend this South East Asia Backpacking Route that I did when I was a newbie backpacker! It’s called the PANCAKE trail!
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South East Asia Backpacking Route
April 26, 2013 – I left Iraq. Flight back to the Philippines
April 27- Qatar Airport then Philippines!!
April 27 to May 07 – Philippines
May 07 to 09- Bangkok, Thailand
May 09 to 13 – Chiang Mai (North Thailand)
May 13- Crossed Thailand- Laos (Chiang Kong- Huay Xe Li Border)
May 14- 17 – Luang Prabang, Laos
May 17 – Crossed Laos- Vietnam (Here are the tips on how you can cross the Nam Can- Nam Khan Border)
May 17-18- Hanoi, Vietnam
May 19-21 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
May 21- Hanoi, Vietnam
May 22- 26- Hue, Hoi An, and Nha Trang
May 27 to June 02- Saigon/ Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
June 03- Crossed Vietnam- Cambodia (Moc Bai- Bavet Border)
June 03-05 – Phnom, Penh, Cambodia
June 05- 07 – Siem Reap, Cambodia
June 07-10 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
June 10-17- Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, Cambodia
June 18 – Crossed Cambodia-Thailand (Aranyapathet and Poipet Border)
June 18- 20 – Bangkok, Thailand
June 21 to 28- Koh Pah Ngan, Thailand (Southern Thailand)
Since I love Vietnam dearly then I’ve decided to book a flight on the 30th July to go to Hanoi, Vietnam. Stay there for a while.. planning to enroll to a Pole dancing class course ( as a sport/ physical workout and not as a career! lol), meet friends and explore the Northern Vietnam! Maybe apply for my Chinese Visa or until I figure out on what I want to do in the next few months until I finally decide to go to South America.
I love Asia! I love the people I’ve met, and I love life! Positive vibes!
Transportation Tip: If you’re looking for the cheapest way to book the Trains, Buses, Ferries, Transfers on this route, we use 12Go.Asia to compare the prices!
UPDATE in 2015: We’re still traveling after my South East Asia trip, and sadly I wasn’t able to learn pole dancing, but I became a Certified Yoga teacher in India! =)
UPDATE 2017: I’M NOW MARRIED TO THE GUY I MET IN LUANG PRABANG, LAOS! WAH!
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