I have some really big news to share with everyone today! After a lot of deliberation, I think I have finally determined where I am going to be traveling this year. Having visited every continent in the world except for Asia and Antarctica (and Antartica will be a big trip I will be taking in the next few years), I really wanted to focus on Asia for this trip. Specifically, I am focused on traveling to Southeast Asia this autumn.
Between the incredible wildlife, the amazing food, the spectacular beaches, and the beautiful culture, what is there not to like about Southeast Asia? There is just so much to see and do in the area, the hard part will be narrowing down what we can see in this trip. There is no doubt, I have my work cut out for me planning this trip in the next month or so.
Southeast Asia Trip
For this trip, I think we are going to focus on visiting parts of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. There is a lot to see in all three countries, and we certainly won’t have time to see it all. That’s why my first focus will be on what areas of each country we want to prioritize seeing and what we will have to leave for future trips.
Without a doubt, my primary focus on this trip is on Thailand. I am absolutely enthralled with the Thai culture and food. I could spend months just exploring Thailand and never get bored. There are so many incredible things in the country that I want to see and experience. However, our time is limited, so I am going to have to just focus on a few top areas I want to see.
What can I say that you probably don’t already know about this city? It’s location in Northern Thailand puts it in the heart of the country’s wildlife hot zone, which I love. It is also full of incredible temples to explore, which I also love. Chiang Mai is definitely a can’t miss spot for this trip.
No trip to Thailand would be complete without seeing the beautiful beaches and islands of the south side of the country. Phuket is an area that I have dreamed about visiting since I was a little kid. The incredible Phi Phi Islands are calling my name and I cannot wait to see them.
Unfortunately, I don’t think we will be spending a ton of time in Bangkok as we have so much else that we want to see. However, we will likely be flying into and out of the city, so I am sure we will spend some time exploring the top sights. One thing I definitely have on my list is visiting the floating market.’
Another country in Asia that I have long wanted to visit is the beautiful country of Cambodia. With incredible temples like Angkor Wat, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Again, we probably won’t have time to explore everything that we want to see, but I have no doubt we will spend a good deal of time exploring the Siem Reap area when traveling to Southeast Asia later this year.
Home of the iconic Angkor Wat temple, as well as many other temples, this is an absolute must-stop destination when we visit Cambodia. In fact, I don’t know that we will have time to do much exploring outside of Siem Reap, so I am going to really make my time their count.
The last country that we plan to see when traveling to Southeast Asia later this year is the amazing country of Vietnam. Like Thailand and Cambodia, there is a wealth of things I would like to see in Vietnam. However, with limited time, we are going to just focus on one area. For this trip, that area will be Da Nang because it is the home of the iconic Hands of God bridge.
With so many incredible spots in Vietnam to visit, you may be wondering how we focused in on Da Nang. It’s simple really. We really, really want to see the iconic Hands of God bridge. Seriously, I can’t think of many bridges in the world that are more incredible. This looks like it was lifted right out of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel.
That’s all the updates for now. I am sure I will have additional details to share with you as I start to put together the plans for this trip. I will certainly try and create travel planning posts to share some of my planning process with you, like I have done for past trips. Until then, safe travels!