Monday, July 9, 2012

Backpacking Southeast Asia? Sure!

Just a quick update on the amazing lives and times of Ben and Julie!

Time is going so quickly and it's scary. 

Ben and I are planning a mini-backpacking trip through some of Southeast Asia in about 3 weeks. It kind of snuck up on us! We've been talking about going to Thailand, and then realized...why not practice backpacking, and go minimalist? Flights to Singapore are cheap, and sleeper trains in Southeast Asia are REAL cheap. The (tentative plan) is as follows:

Fly Perth-Singapore
Train Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Train Phuket (Thailand)
Train Bangkok (Thailand)
Train/Bus Chiang Mai (Thailand)
Train/Bus back to Bangkok (Thailand)
Fly (there are no trains) to Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Bus to Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon (Vietnam)
Fly Vietnam-Perth

So, here are a couple of photos to show you where we're going:

Here is a close up of the countries:

This one gives you a good idea of the countries in relation to Australia. Remember, we are wayyyyyy southwest coast!

I probably could have typed all those countries into this one map but guess what...I am toooooo lazy. Plus, you should really learn some geography, jeez!

The cool thing is, this trip is crazy cheap, and it's going to be an amazing experience. By backpacking and taking trains, we are cutting costs but also seeing much more of the countries and experiencing the culture instead of just...resorts. And let's face it, you can go to a resort and relax and drink tropical drinks and lay by the pool or on the beach in any pretty, exotic place. But eating, travelling, and being with the locals is why WE travel :)