Backpacking East Asia 2016

The year 2016 is running so fast, and it’s already approaching its last quarter. During this span of time I have been to various places: I spent my New Year’s Day in Ho Chi Minh City as part of my 16-day Indochina trip, spent the Catholic Holy Week holiday in Kuala Lumpur, and experienced the epic Eid al-Fitr-slash-mudik season in Jakarta and Yogyakarta. I have two more travel plans for this year. I’m not quite sure about my upcoming trip to Borneo (Kota Kinabalu and Brunei Darussalam), but I am certain of the other subsequent journey because I already have the approved visas.

HCMC City Hall

Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Vietnam

KLCC Malaysia

KLCC, Malaysia

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Vietnam: Củ Chi Tunnels Half-Day Tour

During the last month of the past year, I prepared for my longest vacation so far. It was a sixteen-day trip through Indochina: Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, the latter being the final country I visited. On the first seven days, I had a friend who traveled with me to Bangkok and Siem Reap, leaving me alone on my onward journey to Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City.

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Vietnam as the last part of my adventure

It was my second day in Vietnam and I had a scheduled tour which I booked earlier through the website of TourRadar. I had credits stored on that website (I don’t remember how did I earn that though) so I technically got the tour for free. It was hosted by TheSinhTourist, one of the operators around Phạm Ngũ Lão. Continue reading

The Beginning

I used to login to my tumblr account, follow people, and repost their pictures of the great castles of Europe, the exotic Asian destinations, the safari adventures in Africa, and the most spectacular images of Aurora Borealis in Scandinavia.

img_7484-e1424283972678Neuschwanstein Castle. © http://www.twinsthattravel.com

I did this routine almost everyday, and I saw a lot of pictures from every corner of the world. When I browsed through their feeds, I felt like I also traveled to those sites. I could imagine myself walking through the streets of Amsterdam, hiking through the mountains of Himalayas, eating ramen at a local Japanese shop, swimming in the clear blue waters of the Bahamas, and wandering around the romantic city of Paris. It amazed me.

"SONY DSC"Amsterdam. © http://www.aswesawit.com

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