Asia 2011: 27 weeks, 7 countries, 2 pairs of jocks!


Its been a year to the day since I made my last post here and with good reason. As I’ve not done much travel in 2010 there was no need for any update. I did get to Berlin(stag weekend), Manchester(godfather duties),Vilamoura(a wedding) and to visit my Dads hometown, Cassino in Italy for a week – which I hadn’t visited in 22 years eek!!

Myself and Florence have been master planning for literally a year now about our next trip. It started off with the intentions of going back to Vegas and living it up there for the three months your allowed to on the tourist visa.

However, our agenda changed then during the Summer and we decided that we wanted to see more of the world and especially somewhere we had never been to. In pops Asia.

Why Asia? Well apart from been relatively cheaper than most places in the world it also allowed us to dust off the backpacks once again. After getting the taste of backpacking in Europe and then in Africa two years ago, we really wanted to experience a long term backpacking adventure. Europe was only a 12 day trip and while Africa was a 3 month journey, we were there as volunteers so we were kinda limited in a way as to what we could do and where we could go.

So our flights are booked! We flight into Bangkok on June 6th and back home on Dec 6th.

We are flying from Bangkok to Singapore on the 9th June to attend the wedding reception of Sinead O Donnell and Sheng Oon, which promises to be a very amazing few days in Singapore.

On the 12th June we fly down to Bali in Indonesia where our trip kicks into gear. A good friend, namely Aileen O Donnell will be coming with us after the wedding in Singapore to travel for 6 weeks before she hits Australia.

The plan once we hit Bali is to spend a few days there then head to the gili islands which are frequently referred to as “paradise islands”!

63 Gili

And thats as far as the planning goes until we actually get there. The flights are booked up until Bali so after that its where ever and when ever we please.

The countries we intend on visiting will be Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Depending on how the money is going we probably will either fly to either India or Australia for a 3 week visit, but this all depends on where we are after 3 months and how our budget is holding up.

So, like the blog I did for Africa I’m going to be doing the same again, which will hopefully be worth reading for anyone that decides to subscribe to it.