VIDEO: 3-week Southeast Asia trip through 4 countries
We definitely never felt we were breaking new ground as travel bloggers in SE Asia. This trip had been on our bucket list for years, just like it is on the bucket list of seemingly every Millennial we talk to. Backpacking around SE Asia for a few months – or even a whole year like many people we met – over summer break, after graduation, or between jobs seems like the bandwagon adventure of the last few years.
Unfortunately we didn’t have 3 months. We had time for a 3-week Southeast Asia trip – the exact chunk of time between a sister’s graduation and the start of my MBA internship. In those three weeks we bagged 4 countries and explored 8 cities. Sure there were places sadly skipped over, but with Elizabeth’s savant-like trip planning as our guide, we…
watched a Mai Thai fight in Chiang Mai and water puppet theater in Hanoi.
traveled on a slow boat down the Mekong River and a tuk-tuk in Siem Reap.
climbed the highest point in Doi Inthanon National Park and the tallest Hindu temple in Angkor Watt.
drank fresh fruit smoothies on the street in Luang Prabong and 5-star cuisine in the Halong Bay.
Walked somberly through the killing fields of Phnom Penh and Vietnam War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.
Bought tailored clothes in Hoi An and $0.40 beers in Chiang Khong.
Experienced feeding elephants at a jungle sanctuary and fishing at a floating village.
Trekked in the backdoor of Kuang Si Falls in Laos and through a lotus pond in Cambodia.
So is it possible to fully experience the thrills and culture of Southeast Asia on anything less than a free-spirited twenty-something’s indefinite wandering budget? Plenty of travel bloggers say no way. We say just watch us…