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Daniel in Indochina

 

Bangkok --> Mae Sot --> Umphang & Trekking

Itinerary

November
28-Copenhagen - Doha
29-Doha - Bangkok, Thailand

December
02 Overnight buss transport to Mae Sot
03 Umphang-Jungle Trekking
07 Mae Sot --> to Chiang Mai by local buss.
08 Flight of the Gibbon - 1 Day - Chiang Mai
10 Chiang Mai -> Bangkok -> Koh Phangan
11 Full Moon Backpac - 6 Days
17 Koh Phangan -> Koh Phi Phi
19 Koh Phi Phi - Diving School
26 Phuket - Bangkok -> Hanoi, Vietnam
27 Sapa Trekking
31 Landmark Hanoi

January 2017
03 Halong Bay Explorer
05 TBD
15 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Doha
16 Doha - Copenhagen

Bangkok

Breake en route to Mae Sot

2 Dec: Overnigh

 

t buss transport to Mae SotSurprise, surprise, but Mae Sot(Right) is not chosen for its beauty or charm, but for the nature surrounding it, i.e.one of the best places for jungle trekking in Thailand, as it is near the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary (On UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999), which offers  spectacular areas for trekking with spectacular limestone cliffs, raft down the Mae Klong River and spot gibbons, snakes and giant lizards along the way. Trek through the dense jungle and take a refreshing dive into Thailand's largest waterfall -Tee Lor Su.

3 Dec:Buss transport to a Burmese border market at the river Moi. The trip continues by

 public Songthaew (half open pick up truck)

 

to Umphang. It is a beautiful 4-hour ride through the mountains with more than 1,000 turns in the road.

4 Dec Rafting and trekking past limestone cliffs; through the dense jungle and bamboo forest The "easy rafting" followes the narrow Mae Klong River through the forestscape.
From the riverside there are three-four hours of fine trekking to the camp area in Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary

 


Accomodation in tents.

5 Dec: First part of the trip went to the "Thi Lo Su", South East Asia's largest waterfall.
From here the trip continued through bamboo forests, dense jungle crossing multiple bridges to arrive at "Karen village" of Ko Tha to spend the night in a local, traditional Karen house.

6 Dec: Umphang to Mae Sot
A Trek through the jungle in the morning before heading back.
After a scrumptious jungle breakfast, the trip continued with a 3 hours of trekking through the jungle and over a small hill to Palatha, where the transport back to Umphang and Mae Sot waits.
The nighth is spent in Mae Sot.

 

Ching Mai

07 Dec: Arrival in Ching Mai by local buss from Mae Lot.

Ching Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in the Nothern Tailand.
It is the capital of the Ching Mai Province and was a former capital of the Kingdom of Lan Na (1296-1768), which became the Kingdom of Ching Mai - a tributary state of Siam from 1774 to 1899. It is 700 km north of Bangkok and is situated amongst the highest mountains in the country.

08 Dec: "Flight of the Gibbon" is a Daytrip to the mountainous area in the tropical jungle,soaring from tree to tree and rappelling from the jungle canopy.

09 Dec: Sight seeing in Ching Mai.

Khao San Road

 

10 Dec: It was time to move South.

It showed out to become a VERY long bus trip from Ching Mai towards Koh Pha Ngan.

In Bangkok there was a nice break at the famous Khao San Road, which is the historical centre of the tourist area in the Banglamphu district. Originally catering to backpackers, and described as a backpacker Mecca.

           Koh Pha Ngan

11 Dec: Bangkok-Koh Pha Ngan - The "Party Island". - to join in the Full Moon Backpack
This special package is a opportunity to experience the ever-famous Full moon party, which is an all-night beach party that takes place in Haad Rin on the night before or after every full moon.
The first Full Moon Party was improvised at a wooden disco in 1985 for giving thanks to about 20-30 travelers.
This event quickly gained fame through word of mouth, and the is
now drawing a crowd of about 20,000-30,000 every full moon evening. The party carries on until the sun rises the next day.
The bars on the sunrise beach of Haad Rin town stay open and play music such as R&B, drum and bass, house, dance and reggae.
It includes a pre-party with other backpackers before dancing the night away.

12 Dec: Activity day
The choices are:
 
Tour 1: A trip around the island to visit a waterfall and one of the sacred temples on the island, and visit a small elephant & crocodile camp.Lunch will be a picnic at one of the northern beaches where there is an opportunity for some good snorkeling or swimming.
Tour 2: Explore the islands hidden paths on an afternoon bike tour through the jungle
Tour 3: Thai Cooking Class to learn to cook like a real Thai chef. Regardless of which trip is choose, te day will finish with dinner at "Same Same"
 

13 Dec: Activity day - Koh Pha Ngan
The choices are:
Tour 1: A boat trip to the beaches west of Koh Pha Ngan with a chance to see a waterfall and enjoy snorkeling at one of the other good spots on the island. After a good lunch the boat will return back to Same Same.
Tour 2: "Wipeout" in a simplified field with several challenges and obstacles.
 

 

 

14 Dec: Full Moon Party Day. Same Same's famous full moon buffet will kick off the party of a lifetime.

15 Dec: Chill day - Sleep in, as no activities are planned !

16 Dec: Chill day

17 Dec: Check out day and transfer via Krapi to Koh Phi Ph

    Koh Phi Phi

    18-21 December.
    There are many reasons why travelers flog the beaches of Koh Phi Phi. For sure, the island itself is one point. It is tropically lush and has an atmosphere that has its visitors extending their stay again and again. It is forever LOVED for its white beaches, clustered hippie village atmosphere and the famous parties.
    The island has everything from the crazy fairy-looking wooden bar on the beach with stunning sunsets to some of the best Thai cuisine ever tasted.

     

     






     

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Krabi

    Leaving Koh Phi Phi

    Approaching Krabi


    21 December. It was time to move on and Daniel and Anders embarked on the fast ferry connection to Krabi, which is a vibrant town, located along the Chao Fa River. It has no beaches and many tourists use it as a stopping point for Phi Phi, Ao Nang, Railay, and Lanta. The main pier to AoNang is located here.

    Arrival to Krabi


 

 




    As
    Koh Phi Phi was left days earlier than planned,
     meant, that there was no reserved accommodations arranged. The decision was fairly easy when they found a vacant hotel room. It was nice, clean and inexpensive
     (70 DKK per night).      

Christmas in Ao Nang

    Ao-Nang-Beach - Krabi


    23-24 December. Ao Nang is the most "westernized" beach in Krabi. Originally a backpacker  hotspot, which is now moving rapidly towards the package tourist crowd.
    This was the place where Daniel & Anders, joined by 7 travel companions met earlier during the trip, decided to rent a local house with swimming pool.

     



     

 

 

 

    Luckily, this group included several girls, which most likely secured a
    x-mas meal "like home"!,

     




     

     

     


    Far Left:
    A Danish x-mas dinner "look-a-like

  • Left:
    "A Thai x-mas tree

Phuket

     

    25 December.

    The time in Thailand was drawing to an end, so Daniel and Anders traveled to Patong Bay, close to Phuket Airport.
    The travel was fairly short, leaving time to experience this well known Holiday Resort. .

     

     

     


     

26 Dec: Departure Phuket -> Hanoi

Vietnam

27 December; Hanoi Sightseeing.

 

 

 

Ready to take the Night
Train to Lao Cai.

    Sapa Trekking

    Northwest Vietnam is one of the most interesting and beautiful areas of South East Asia. Vietnam has 54 ethnic groups and the area around Sapa is an exciting place to see the lives, culture and customers of some of the Vietnam's ethnic minorities. In this part of the country the minorities still dress in their traditional colourful clothing. Each group has its own distinct colour and style of dress.

    28 Dec: Early morning pick-up at Lao Cai train station by bus bound for Sapa to start
    theTrekking.
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    Before leaving on the trekking a visit is paid to the colourful Sapa Market. Here some of the different ethnic groups come into town to sell their products.
    At 09:00 the trekking begins, by walking down the valley toward Cat Cat Village, with the opportunity to see the villagers working on the paddy fields and Fansipan mountain. Sin Chai is a village of the Black Hmong ethnic people. Return to Sapa is by the same road. All in all a trip around: 12 km
     

    29 Dec: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van village
    Trek to Lao Chai village. On the way stopping for lunch and relaxing. In the afternoon, the  trekking continuies to Ta Van village for visiting the Zay people. Zay is a small minority group who live mainly in the  mountains in Northwest Vietnam. Vietnams development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost,

     

    but many Zay women still wear traditional purple, blue or green shirts.

    Dinner is held in Ta Van, and the night is spend in a local stilt house.
    Trekking distance around: 12 km

    30 Dec: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa.
    After a "Zay Breakfast" it is time to start, and the plan is to  walk Giang Ta Chai village to see the Red Dao people. The women of Red Dao have a very colourful red embroideries, coins on their clothing, and on their head they wear a red scarf. Some of the  women have shaved off their eyebrows because a hairless face is considered - by the the Red Dao people - to be very beautiful. Making a stop for lunch before leaving Giang Ta Chai and driving towards Sapa. In Sapa there is time to relax, before leaving for Hanoi by overnight train.

    31 Dec: Return to Hanoi
    The train arrives in Hanoi in the early morning, giving 4 days in Hanoi for more Sight Seeing !
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    31 Dec: Daniel's feed back and Photos from Sapa
    Sapa is Super Cool. We haven't seen the sun, but the fog, we had in stead, made it probably more magnificent. There are mostly utterly silent, very like when it is snowing.
    Buildings in French architecture in Sapa town, gives a "kind of Alps" over it.
    Three days of hiking up and down the steep, muddy paths through villages with farm animals as frontrunners - very charming

    Now we return to Hanoi, where we will celebrate the New Year with some nice Germans we met along the way.
    Then Ha Long Bay, with Houseboat and Canoe
    Sapa Trekking Pictures below:

     

    03 Jan: Hanoi to Ha Long Bay.
    Hanoi is departed early in the morning and the exploration boat is embarked just past noon, the home in
    Ha Long Bay for the days ahead.
    After check-in there is a thirst-quenching welcome drink and meet fellow sailors. Lunch will be served while cruising
    among rough limestone islands standing tall before your eyes majestic, beautiful and rough.just as nature created it.
    Deeper into the Ha Long Bay a visit is paid to the Sung Sot Cave - one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes of the Bay. The tour  continues to Luon Cave area. Luon Cave is surrounded by trees and  foliage, stalactites hanging from above and rays of lights and shapes. At the deepest point of the cave is the "Royal Garden" with a small and clear pond and a captivating landscape of mountains. Birds and plants live here and occasionally monkeys on the hunt for fruit. There is a possibility to do a bit of swimming and kayaking.

    At the return to cruise ship the a Vietnamese Hot Pot dinner is served.
    As the night falls the "entertainment" - such as squid fishing, karaoke, board games, movies or star gazing on the upper deck with a cool drink  in hand - begins.

    04 Jan: A day beyond the tourist trail lies ahead - in an area of Ha Long Bay that probably only a few others will have explored. It is still amazing how few go here...

    Breakfast at 7:00 on the boat. At 07:45 transferral to Titop Island for hiking, swimming or taking photos of its fine views.

     

    Around 09:00, cruise towards Ba Trai Dao area in the North of Halong Bay. An area far away from the regular tourist ship trail.
    The morning and afternoon is spend kayaking in the hidden bay, paddling in the quietness, exploring small caves between the magnificent cliffs and rough nature before enjoying lunch and secluded beach life.

     

    Back on the boat, cruise the surrounding karst landscape before heading back south around 15:00, and cruise along the western rocky shores of Cat Ba's national park. A BBQ dinner is served on the sundeck.

    05 Jan: An early rise gives another chance to swim in the beautiful waters or sleep a bit longer to have breakfast later.
    Well after noon, the cruise boat returns to the mainland.

     

    Hue

     

    6 Jan: After Ha Long, Daniel & Anders were on their own with no pre prepared itinerary.
    First stop was Hue after about 12 hours by train through the night.
     

7-10 Jan:
A 2 hours scenic train trip brought them to Hoi An. Here they visit the My Son Sanctuary. The time was also spent to visit one of the many local tailors to improve their wardrobe.

 

 

 

11 Jan:
Daniel & Anders took the Night Bus to see Nha Trang . Later in the day they continued to Da Lat for the night.
 

Nha Trang

Nha Trang

Da Lat

12 Jan:
Daniel & Anders had tried to hire bikes during their trip, none of which were big enough for tall Nordic men. In Da Lat - however - they succeeded in getting "full size" bikes for a long trip.
Due to tough conditions (high mountains), they had to cut it short, in order to catch the bus for Mui Ne.

 

 

 

13 Jan: Mui Ne
The early morning was spent in the Mui Ne Sand Dune "trying" to experience the fun of driving an ATV (Quad Bike)
Later they visited the "Fairy Stream" before ending their visit in Mui Ne by a visit to he harbour.
In the late afternoon, they left by bus for Saigon, arriving just before midnight. Their accommodation was arranged during the bus trip..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14-15 Jan: Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon.
First day was spent on a Guided Tour on the Mekong Delta. On their last day in Vietnam, they visited the War-Remnants-Museum before leaving for the Airport around 15:00 Hrs.

 

Mekong Delta

War Remnants Museume