Asia - The beginning

a trip by Jonathan Plunkett
From: June 22nd 2011
Until: ongoing

South Korea and beyond
Trip Length: 8 years
Blog Entries: 62
Photos: 1776
Words: 67388

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
June 27th 2011 Seoul – The beginning of an amazing adventure Asia » South Korea » Seoul
June 30th 2011 Sokcho - Time for a bit of trekking Asia » South Korea » Sokcho » Seoraksan
July 4th 2011 Samcheok and Gyeongju..... or "Penis park, Caves and Tombs" for those of a simple nature, you know who you are! Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju
July 14th 2011 Goodbye South Korea - Jeju Island Asia » South Korea » Jeju
July 19th 2011 China - Beijing - Did someone spike my drinks...... Asia » China » Beijing » Chaoyang district » Central Business district
July 25th 2011 The Great Wall of China.... and not forgetting the Panda's Asia » China » Beijing » Great Wall of China
July 28th 2011 Pingyao via Tiayuan...... Didn't start well but things got better! Asia » China » Shanxi » Pingyao
July 31st 2011 Xian – The point where I realised my limitations and my fear got the better of me…..I'm so gutted! Asia » China » Shaanxi » Xi'an
August 2nd 2011 Tunxi – Relaxation and hiking or as it turned out just relaxation. Asia » China » Anhui » Hefei
August 14th 2011 Shanghai.... A world apart from the rest of China and somewhere I am pleased to be leaving! Asia » China » Shanghai » Jing An
August 23rd 2011 Hong Kong - Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » The Peak
August 29th 2011 Guilin - My re-entry back into "Real China" Asia » China » Guangxi » Guilin
August 31st 2011 Yangshuo - Don’t talk to me about electric mopeds! Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo
September 5th 2011 Shangri-la - It's all about the Yak. Asia » China » Yunnan » Shangri-La
September 7th 2011 Lijiang - The Tiger Leaping Gorge Asia » China » Yunnan » Tiger Leaping Gorge
September 14th 2011 Tibet - Lhasa - A holy city, a people watchers paradise and somewhere China should not turn into the next Shanghai!! Asia » China » Tibet » Lhasa
September 17th 2011 Tibet - Everest Base Camp – A distinct lack of oxygen and possibly the scariest drive I’ve ever had the misfortune of taking. And all finished off with an Earthquake, I’m just a hard-core thrill seeker. Asia » China » Tibet » Everest
September 20th 2011 Nepal - Kathmandu and Pokhara, this is when I realised I’m not quite ready for India at the moment and a change of plan was required. Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal
September 23rd 2011 Nepal - Chitwan National Park - aka The Jungle Asia » Nepal » Chitwan
October 1st 2011 Thailand - Bangkok - The place where pretty much anything goes..... Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok
October 3rd 2011 Koh Chang – A perfect break on a paradise island at the white sands beach resort. Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ko Chang
October 9th 2011 Chiang Mai – Thai cooking and my rude awakening to the level of my mountain biking ability. Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep
October 12th 2011 Thailand - Chiang Rai - Some unexpected delights on the way to Laos. Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai
October 12th 2011 Laos - Huay Xai, Luang Prabang, Vientiane & Vang Vieng - Finally one country where I’m not leaving behind a natural disaster! Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang
October 25th 2011 Thailand - Bangkok - The Hangover 2 and a nerve wracking time wondering if I would get out before the floods hit! Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok
October 27th 2011 Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City – The point where the bottom dropped out of my world, well actually the world dropped out of my bottom (Charles I have to confess I stole this one from your extensive jokes catalogue, just goes to show I did learn several Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1
November 3rd 2011 Dalat - A relaxing bike ride of two different varieties. Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat
November 6th 2011 Vietnam - Nha Trang - The calm before the storm and way too many air horns. Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang
November 7th 2011 Vietnam - Hoi An - More natural disaters coming my way, why does it always rain on me?! Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An
November 10th 2011 Vietnam – Hanoi – Motorbike madness with Moto and Cyclo! Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi
November 15th 2011 Vietnam - Ha long Bay - Mind blowing beauty, enough about me the trip was pretty good too! Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay
November 18th 2011 Vietnam - Sapa - Time for the highest mountain in Vietnam, bring on Fansipan or as my fellow trekkers called it Fancy-pants. Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa
November 23rd 2011 Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur - A family reunion a few thousand miles from home. Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » Bukit Bintang
November 26th 2011 Malaysia – The Cameron Highlands – An extreme never ending jungle trek and a new addition to the travelling group for a couple of days. Asia » Malaysia » Pahang » Cameron Highlands » Tanah Rata
December 1st 2011 Malaysia - Langkawi and Penang - A great way to end the family get together! Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
December 9th 2011 Malaysia - Kota Kinabalu - Another epic trek with two fellow travellers from……..NORWICH! Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mount Kinabalu
December 12th 2011 Brunei - Bandar Seri Begawan - An oil rich nation but a tale of two halves. Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan
December 20th 2011 Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur (part 2) - A very random week involving my own little white Christmas and drift car madness. Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » Bukit Bintang
December 22nd 2011 A six month self-diagnosis and review! Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » Bukit Bintang
December 24th 2011 Thailand - Kanchanaburi - Heavenly waterfalls and daylight "monkey" robbery! Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Erawan NP
January 4th 2012 Thailand - Koh Samui -Beach parties, paradise locations, buffalo fighting and a random pool party! I told you Thailand has everything. Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui
January 11th 2012 Cambodia - Siem Reap - The mighty temple of Angkor Wat and an unwelcome sneaky hand during a massage!! Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap » Knar
January 16th 2012 Cambodia - Phnom Penh - The sad reality of S-21 genocide museum and the killing fields. Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh
January 25th 2012 Vietnam - Nha Trang (Complete with HCMC and Hoi An) – Please no floods this time and may my ear hold out so I can learn to dive!! Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang
January 30th 2012 Thailand - Bangkok - Christmas, New Year and a warm welcome to Bangkok for Gav! Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok
February 8th 2012 Malaysia - Melaka - A quiet little historic town that suddenly exploded with people during the bank holiday!! Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City
February 12th 2012 Singapore - Possibly the most relaxed, easiest going and quietest city I’ve been to – Only one way to ensure I get to see the cities dark side I guess, that’s right I booked my accommodation slap bang in the middle of the most bizarre Asia » Singapore » Chinatown
February 14th 2012 Australia - Melbourne - My first taste of Australia, could I adjust to the Western ways again or would the culture shock be a rude awakening?? Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD
February 19th 2012 Australia - The Great Ocean Road and the Grampian Highlands – The twelve apostles, London Bridge and a random night where we shared our worst nightmare toilet scenarios!! Truly an Oz experience. Oh and not forgetting my first sightings of Koalas an Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay
February 23rd 2012 Australia - Sydney - The Opera House, The Harbour Bridge, The Blue Mountains and all topped off with a little bit of wine tasting and not forgetting a random catch up with a friend from Norwich! Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD
February 28th 2012 Australia - Spot X - Time to test my skills on a surf board and receive my introduction to the surfer lifestyle! Oceania » Australia » New South Wales
March 4th 2012 Australia - Byron Bay - The surfers dream and I was too lazy to carry a board to the beach! I need to have a word with myself…… Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay
March 10th 2012 Australia - Brisbane, Moreton Island and Noosa - A rainy city experience, a paradise island and a visit to the Australia Zoo! A very random few days. Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Central Business District
March 15th 2012 Australia - Frazer Island - 4x4’s, camping and seven girls in my car! Let the fun and games begin. Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island
March 20th 2012 Australia - Airlie Beach Whitsundays – Sailing at the Wet-Sundays, not what I was hoping for and yes I abandoned ship! Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays » Hayman Island
March 28th 2012 Australia - Cairns - Diving at the Great Barrier Reef and a quick visit to Cape Tribulation before I say goodbye to Oz. Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City
March 30th 2012 New Zealand - Auckland – The beautiful volcano wrapped city and the point when I realised I’ve been in hot countries for way too long because it felt like an arctic blast when I stepped off the plane to a spine chilling temperature of 20 deg Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central
April 2nd 2012 New Zealand - Cape Reinga and the Bay of Islands - Hitting the most northern part of NZ with a little bit of sand boarding and a chance to meet some very “special” locals. Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia
April 8th 2012 New Zealand – Hahei and Raglan – Cathedral Cove and some quality left hand brake surf in Raglan whatever that is, Simon or should I say DAN any ideas??? Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hahei
April 9th 2012 New Zealand - Taupo, Rotorua and Maketu - I became chief Plunkett and to celebrate my achievement I rafted the world’s highest commercial white water rapids and then jumped from a plane , just like any normal day really! Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo » Hilltop
April 10th 2012 New Zealand – Tongariro National Park and Whakahoro – Time for a bit of axe throwing and trekking at Mt Doom from Lord of the Rings. Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Tongariro National Park
April 14th 2012 New Zealand - Wellington and Able Tasmin – The end of the North Island and it was straight onto the South Island and what a place to start. Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Abel Tasman National Park » Marahau
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