I say this every month – But Holy Cow, it’s been four months. The trip is already well over halfway done.
So what did I do in this fourth month of travel?
Shannon and I kicked off the month by flying down to Kerela for our first taste of Southern India. Last month, we mainly explored Northern India so it was a nice change of scenery (and pace) to see the south.
Sadly, we didn’t have as much time to explore as we would have liked but we did get to do one major highlight that I had been looking forward to since we left DC. For three wonderful days, Shannon and I rented a houseboat and cruised through the Kerela backwaters.
We listened to music, read, drank wine and watched local life go by on the quiet waterways.
During our time in Kerela, we celebrated the American holiday of Thanksgiving in Fort Cochin. Despite a concerted effort, we were unable to locate any other American’s to join our festivities, but a nice older British couple at the next table humored us as we ate the most expensive meal of our trip.
Next up, we headed to Thailand for a much needed “vacation.” We decided to leave the $6 bug filled dorm rooms and the street food for a few days of R and R in Bangkok. Although not as relaxing as Thailand’s southern beaches, Bangkok was necessary because in addition to our mini break, it gave us a chance to organize our Myanmar Visas.
Other than that, we hung by the pool, ate food way out of our budget and spent an entire day exploring the famous JJ weekend market. After, five days, we weren’t ready to leave but it was time to move on to our next adventure: Myanmar.
After the disaster that was our attempt to get into Tibet, I was nervous that something unexpected would crop up that would prevent our trip, but surprisingly everything went smoothly (with the exception of our departure). We even stuck to our extremely rigid budget.
In two weeks, we were able to see most of the Tourist Trail highlights and even had time for a three day trek through the countryside. We saw the huge golden pagodas in Yangon and watched the sunset over the literally thousands of temples of Bagan. We even got a chance to spend a few days on pagodas floating over Inle Lake.
On Dec 16, we flew from Yangon to Jakarta international airport to begin our month in Indonesia. After meeting up with Marten, we spent a few days exploring Jakarta and Bagan before heading to the amazing beach town of Pangandaran.
In Pangandaran, we were for the first time on our trip at a beach. What a great way to celebrate four months.
- Countries Visited: 4 (India, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia)
- Cities Visited: 10 (Fort Cochin, Bangkok, Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Jakarta, Bandung and Pangandaran)
- Diet Cokes: 1
- Movies Seen in Theaters: 1 (Twilight suckers!)
- Times eaten at Pizza Hut: 1 (Self control….)
- Days Spent Sick: 0
- Injuries: 0 (Banner month for Liz)
- Overnight Buses: 2
- Trains: 1
- Flights: 4
- Money Spent: I can’t even tell you….
It’s the final countdown, time to make these last days of travel count.
In the next month we will be finishing up our time in Indonesia. After the beach we head to Yogjakarta to see the famous temples and celebrate Christmas. Afterwards we head east to hike the Bromo Volcano before hoping a flight to Bali in time to celebrate the New Years.
Next, our group of four will spend some time relaxing on the beach while also exploring the eastern Komodo and Gili Islands.