4.5 months, 5 countries, 21 destinations, 6 flights, 11 ferries, 4 trains, one vintage motorcycle, our own two feet, and more buses/taxis than we could ever count.
We compiled a map to show all of the places we visited on our trip. The markers on the map are the locations we spent at least one night in. We averaged about one week in each location! There were many towns and villages in between these locations where we made stops and ate or explored. There were also a few places we doubled back to and went to twice!
Transportation in this region was tough to get used to at first. We learned quickly that you spend a lot of your budget (and time) just getting from one place to another. Our longest leg was a sleeper bus from Hoi An to Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam, where our bus drove 70 mph on questionable roads, continuously passing in the opposite lane for approx. 32 hours.
There are many places that are hard to get to, and hard to get out of. If we could do it again, we'd rent a car to have ultimate freedom (but this is ONLY because Brandon's a great driver; driving over there is definitely not something for a novice)! In the end, there were only a handful of places we were really disappointed we had missed. We saw SO MUCH!
In the coming weeks/months, we are going to start highlighting each location based on what we did, what we learned, and what we'd recommend! If there's a location on our list you're curious about, feel free to reach out! We have a lot to share.
Below is our full route!
Flight from NYC to Shanghai to Bangkok
Train/ferry to Koh Phi Phi
Train to Bangkok (quick stop) train to Chiang Mai
Minibus to Pai
Minibus to Chiang Mai
Train back to Bangkok
Bus to Phuket
Bus/ferry to Koh Samui
Ferry to Koh Phangan
Ferry to Koh Tao
Ferry to Surat Thani
Flight to Kuala Lumpur
BACK TO THAILAND
Flight to Surat Thani
Minibus to Khao Sok National Park
Minibus to Surat Thani (stop over) to ferry to Koh Phangan
Ferry to Surat Thani (stop over) bus to Bangkok
Bus to Vientiane-Laos border (stop over) minibus to Vang Vieng
Minibus to Luang Prabang
Sleeper bus to Vietnam border (stop over) to Hanoi
Sleeper bus to Sa Pa
Our own two feet to Hmong mountain village
Our own two feet to Sa Pa
Sleeper bus to Hanoi
Minibus/ferry to Ha Long Bay
Ferry/minibus to Hanoi
Sleeper bus to Hue
SICK MOTORCYCLE to Hoi An
Sleeper bus (the longest/worst bus ride ever: 32 hours) to Ho Chi Mihn City
Sleeper bus to Cambodia border (stop over) to Phnom Penh (stop over) bus to Sihanoukville
Ferry to Koh Rong
Ferry to Sihanoukville
BACK TO THAILAND
Sleeper bus to Bangkok
Flight to Shanghai to NYC
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