If you are anything like me you can be a little indecisive, it is not a bad thing to be but it can be restricting to say the least. When it was first suggested that I should consider South East Asia, I can’t say I was over the moon about the idea; recently I discovered that I have developed creature comforts and that this made me afraid to travel in real foreign countries (non European). But since having this revelation I have made it my purpose to push my boundaries… fortunate enough I have a wonderful boyfriend who is going to come with me and possibly hold my hand when I need it.
After I had my revelation I then got down to the nitty gritty stuff (the destination!) Embarssingly I had no idea where to start researching…so I picked the brains of people I knew; I have come to discover that doing this helps you hugely as it gives you an idea about what you are looking for when you travel. I want to see monuments, nature, experience new types of cuisine and activites plus I also want to lay down and relax on a beach once in awhile. Luckily asia has plenty of these things, but it did narrow down my selection; I started looking at all the main cities first. I read reviews on trip advisor about, Kuala Lumpar, Bangkok and Phuket as these were the only main cities I knew by name. Then I took the next step and purchased a Lonely Planet book on South East Asia (on a shoe string budget), you don’t need to buy the book but you can go into the library and take it out. This guide is perfect for me because it was a breakdown of cities and towns and that was just what I needed; after reading throughly through this book I started to get a list of places I potentially wanted to visit.
Currently the countries I plan to visit are:
-Malaysia: Kuala Lumpar, Borneo, Sarawak and Sabah
-Thailand: Phuket, Chaing Mai, Bangkok and Koh Chang
-Myanmar: Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Bagan
-Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Halong Bay and Cat Tien
It took me over 2 weeks just to discover certain places but I thought these places were a good place to start! I hope you are just as excited as I am to plan this adventure, if you have travelled to these places before please leave me some advice below; I would love to get recommendations!
Thank you Bucket List.