So here it is, the route of our South East Asia trip. It’s funny, we were always open to the idea of our route changing (enroute) but boy, did it change! The original route included Malaysian Borneo, southern Vietnam, northern Thailand, and a cushion of cash for our return to Australia (though this was always just wishful thinking ond overoptimism). In reality, we never made it to Borneo, south Vietnam, or northern Thailand and I returned to Australia with -$190 in my account. Oops!
In just over two months, I travelled on: 10 different motorbikes (800km), 12 scary, longdistance bus/minibus combinations, 7 ferrys, 5 international flights, 2 long distance trains, a few epic bike rides on several broken bikes and one very rough sleep on a night ferry.
We traveled through six different countries and it looked something like this…
The many legs to an epic journey…
0. Sydney to Singapore
1. Singapore to Bangkok
2. Bangkok to Siem Reap
3. Siem Reap to Angkor Wat
4. Siem Reap to Sihanoukville
5. Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh
6. Phnom Penh to Sen Monourom
7. Sen Monourom to Kratie
8. Kratie to Don Det
9. Don Det (4,000 islands) to Tha Khaek
10. Tha Khaek – Ban Nahin – Kong Lor Village – Ban Nahin – Vieng Kham – Lak Sao – Tha Khaek.
11. The Khaek to Vientienne
12. Vientienne to Luang Prabang
13. Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Falls
14. Luang Prabang to Hanoi
15. Hanoi to Cat Ba Island
16. Cat Ba Island to Hanoi
17. Hanoi to Bangkok
18. Bangkok to Chumphon
19. Chumphon to Koh Tao
20. Koh Tao to Surat Thani
21. Surat Thani to Kuala Lumpur
22. Kuala Lumpur to Perth
For the most part, our long distance transport options were very cheap but they were also somewhat dangerous, poorly organised, uncomfortable and often very dirty. Having said that, we also travelled on some exceedingly modern, top quality planes and busses and I can’t help feeling that it’s all just the luck of the draw!
Anybody done a similar route? What was your best/worst overland journey?