My Asian Adventure... with an unexpected Oz detour...

a trip by Anna Warzala
From: March 6th 2013
Until: November 6th 2013

I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I was planning this trip... and had more than a few concerns when I was leaving Ireland and heading to Kathmandu... I could only hope that it was going to be a great adventure...
Well... The trip came to an end now... And I have to say that it turned out to be so much more than a great adventure... A true life adventure it was... I have travelled through 6 incredible Asian countries - Nepal, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia... I got to know their history and culture, interact with their people... I got to travel through their busy cities and amazing countryside... And what started as a solo trip, turned into a trip shared with a beautiful soul mate... And what came with that, in the end I got a taste of Australia as well...


Trip Length: 8 months
Blog Entries: 51
Photos: 3930
Words: 131333

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
March 6th 2013 Namaste! In Kathmandu at last... Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel
March 9th 2013 On the way to Everest Base Camp - getting to Namche with first symptoms of altitude sickness, already??? Asia » Nepal » Namche
March 13th 2013 More struggle with cold and altitude on the way to EBC... but then the ultimate goal reached, so who cares right??? ;) Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Everest Base Camp
March 18th 2013 Time to say goodbye to Everest region, relax and take it all in... Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Everest Base Camp
March 26th 2013 Happy Holi! Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel
March 28th 2013 Jungle safaris, jeep safaris, elephant safaris... and still no tigers! ;) Asia » Nepal » Chitwan
April 6th 2013 Beautiful places and people of Patan... Asia » Nepal » Patan » Durbar Square
April 7th 2013 Tropical weather, dusty roads, palm trees all around... what a different side to trekking in the Himalayas, must love the Annapurna region! Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit
April 14th 2013 Time to reach higher altitudes again to get closer to Thorung-La... and search for a perfect apple pie in between of course;) Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit
April 19th 2013 Thorung-La at last... and whatever happens at the pass, continues after the pass...? ;) Asia » Nepal » Annapurna » Annapurna Circuit
April 30th 2013 Pretty difficult not to feel all romantic in charming Bhaktapur... ;) Asia » Nepal » Bhaktapur » Durbar Square
May 8th 2013 Goodbye Nepal, I surely will miss you... Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamel
May 9th 2013 Skyscrapers, huge shopping malls, expensive shops, flashing neon lights... welcome to China??? Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming
May 11th 2013 Wandering around Dali... Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali
May 14th 2013 Following the sound of drums in the streets of Lijiang... Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang
May 16th 2013 A walk in the clouds... Asia » China » Yunnan » Tiger Leaping Gorge
May 19th 2013 Pretty sad to be leaving Chengdu even after feeling quite unwelcome here at the beginning... Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu
May 23rd 2013 My encounter with the Great Buddha followed by another walk in the clouds... up to the Golden Summit of Mt Emei this time! Asia » China » Sichuan » Leshan » Emeishan
May 27th 2013 From terracota warriors and mighty city walls to holy land of Chinese revolution - welcome to Shaanxi province! Asia » China » Shaanxi » Xi'an
May 31st 2013 From cave dwellings in Lijashan to ancient town of Pingyao - another week, another province, welcome to Shanxi! Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao
June 4th 2013 Feeling slightly enlightened - sacred Wutai Shan, sea of monks, Hanging Monastery... ummmm! Asia » China » Shanxi » Wutaishan
June 8th 2013 Mystical and mighty... and to myself only??? No doubt about one thing... It certainly is the Great One! Asia » China » Hebei » Chengde
June 11th 2013 Wandering around the city of 9 million bicycles... Good-bye China, it's been charmingly weird! Asia » China » Beijing
June 13th 2013 Aaaah... Beaches at last! There's more to Koh Tao than diving and so much more to Koh Phangan than full moon parties... Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan
June 22nd 2013 Another two beautiful islands... from peaceful Koh Lanta to slightly crazy Koh Phi Phi... Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don
June 27th 2013 Slightly different side to Thailand... Bars, bars and more bars, drinking games, ping-pong shows... welcome to Patong??? Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket
July 1st 2013 Quick stopover in Bangkok and an even shorter visit to the floating market... Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok
July 3rd 2013 Peace and quiet? History? Nature? Entertainment? Chiang Mai has it all! Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai
July 11th 2013 Time to relax and slow down the pace a bit... Slowboat trip on the Mekong to Luang Prabang... Asia » Laos » West » Pakbeng
July 13th 2013 Slowing down the pace a bit more... what better place to do that than Luang Prabang? Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang
July 17th 2013 Eyes wide open after a visit to COPE... Muscles burning after a kick-ass Mekong workout... And mind slightly blown away after seeing so many 'mixed' couples... Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane
July 21st 2013 Heading to the east to check out some unusual house decorations and solve archaeological mysteries... Asia » Laos » East » Phonsavan
July 27th 2013 Waiting through the rain... Exploring the Hidden City... and slowly saying goodbye to Laos! Asia » Laos » East » Sam Neua
August 1st 2013 Dodging hundreds of bikes, watching people in pyjamas and conical hats and waiting out a typhoon in between… First steps in Vietnam… Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi
August 5th 2013 Trekking through terraced rice paddies and getting to know local minorities – only in Sapa! Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa
August 9th 2013 Cruising around one of the natural wonders of the world – spectacular Halong Bay! Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island
August 11th 2013 Roaming around limestone karsts once again… Can you ever get bored with these views? Naaaah… Impossible! Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Ninh Binh
August 12th 2013 Walking in the footsteps of the imperial dynasty... Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué
August 16th 2013 Delightful visit to Hoi An – beautiful architecture, sea of lanterns, quiet beaches, ancient ruins and above all exquisite dining! Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An
August 21st 2013 Very mixed feelings… Russian resort or Vietnamese? Kind of confused… Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang
August 24th 2013 Feeling sand beneath our feet once again… Lots of it! Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne
August 27th 2013 Our last stop in Vietnam… Save the best for last? Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City
August 31st 2013 Getting to know Cambodia… its brutal history… and somehow a not so bright present… Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh
September 4th 2013 A true wonder of this world… Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor
September 7th 2013 Mastering our skills – cooking… and eating! You definitely can do that in Siem Reap… Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap
September 9th 2013 A true spectacle of colours! At last… Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville
September 12th 2013 In the land of salt and pepper… and ghosts… Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot
September 16th 2013 The barricaded capital… Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh
September 22nd 2013 Enjoying Queensland’s countryside and above all... its wildlife… Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Tamborine
October 7th 2013 More wildlife encounters, some preferably to be avoided… and getting a taste of Australian beach life! Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Kingscliff
October 12th 2013 My first rugby game… or my first 45 games to be exact! Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Robina
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