I started to travel in 2009 and I have not stopped since. I’m a cheapskate who doesn’t believe in expensive fares. So you can imagine how I plan my travel in advance. Also, my work requires certain dates to be blocked. I have a list of booked flight tickets and itineraries that would last me until June 2012. As I write, I am done with 2 trips in 2 months.
6 destinations for the first half of year 2012 are all asia countries. I have covered South East Asia quite extensively leaving only Laos and Burma on the list. So here’s where I would be traipsing in 2012. Almost all tickets are result of impulse buying. Guess, the travel bugs have bitten me hard!
1. Vietnam’s Da Nang – Hue – Hoi An [done]
It was a new route opened by Airasia. So I decided to have a short new year breakaway with my close friends. My first Indo-China experience.
2. Thailand’s Koh Lipe & Koh Adang [done]
We accidentally ended up in Koh Adang where we camped out by the beach.
3. Indonesia’s Jakarta
I have been to Jakarta once. My sole purpose of invading Jakarta this time is to attend International Java Jazz Festival 2012 for which I have my tickets arranged. Sad to inform that I can’t afford to go to Stevie Wonder’s special showcase. I will miss Erykah Badu’s performance by one night. But I’m game for Henrie Hancock and Bobby McFerrin’s special showcase.
The line ups for Indonesian acts are impressive too. It’s going to happen this weekend, I can’t wait! Then, I literally have one day to explore Jakarta city and I haven’t figured out what I want to do there.
4. Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh trip is a request by my colleagues to bring them around. I’m in charge with the itinerary and activities. This is a lepak santai (laid back) trip aimed for historical tour and shopping.
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5. Indonesia’s Lombok & Komodo Island
Dubbed the most outstanding volcano mountain in South East Asia, professional hikers and photography enthusiasts favour Mount Rinjani of Lombok. It is as if climbing Mount Rinjani is the climax of hiking. Usually Lombok will be combined with Bali trip. I just want to make a difference by heading beyond Lombok, Sumbawa and Flores.
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A lot has been said about Bagan, I have to go and check it myself.
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EXTRA (Contemplating Still…)