Wednesday Wanderlust: Southeast Asia

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Most of my time is spent either writing about traveling or lusting over it.  My current location obsession is Southeast Asia.  Since, this is going to be my first long-term and solo trip, that only makes sense.

Last week, I ordered Lonely Planet’s Southeast Asia on a Shoestring on Amazon.  Two days later, it had arrived at my work.  You can only imagine how productive I’ve been work-wise since then.  While my trip won’t be for the better part of a year, I feel like there’s certain things I can start planning such as my route and specific places I want to make sure I visit.

I’m planning on hitting all the major SEA countries: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.  In addition, I’m hoping to find a cheap flight to Samoa to visit one of my best friends who lives there.  I’ve been wanting to for some time now and figured flights from there should be a lot cheaper than from home.

Here are some of the places I’m looking forward to the most:

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An town

Image: Vietnam Travel & Living Guide

I’m a sucker for ancient towns with lots of charm and history.  So, of course, I’m excited about Hoi An, Vietnam.  There are a number of heritage sites, shopping and beaches here to enjoy.

Luang Prabang, Laos

luang prabang

I’m so excited to visit this Laos city with a French Colonial influence.  I’d love to see the Kuang Si Waterfalls which are near the city and I definitely want to witness the daily ritual of the locals giving alms to the monks early in the morning.

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

sihanoukville

Images: Move to Cambodia

Sihanoukville is one of the best and cheapest backpacker towns in Southeast Asia.  You can live very well off $20 a day here.  While, I’m not as big into partying as I may have once been, I still have my moments and I know Sihanoukville will be the perfect place for those moments.

 Komodo Island, Indonesia

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Image: Komodo Island Tours

I can’t wait to experience another of the World Heritage Sites when I go to Komodo Island.  The landscape is breathtaking, there is the komodo dragons of course, many other species, and what is said to be amazing diving here.

These are just a handful of the places I’m excited about seeing.

Do you have any suggestions?

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