Have visas, will travel

14 03 2010

Benno had a busy week last week, going into Tokyo to get our visas and eat some vegan doughnuts. Unfortunately, he is always too hungry to stop and take photos of his food so there is no evidence that he went to Pita the Great and had 2 felafel rolls, or that he went with a friend to Korea-town and ate vegan korean food then went to karaoke.

However, now we have a Chinese tourist visa and a Vietnamese tourist visa and a ticket out of the country.

Here’s the plans so far:

Thanks to the google for the map.

From Tokyo, go to Kyoto and farewell our friends before heading by Shinkansen to Hakata, jetfoil ferry to Busan and KTX train to Seoul.
After Seoul, take an overnight ferry to Qingdao and train to Beijing. After Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Lhasa, Guilin, Nanning via train.
Train to Hanoi, down through Vietnam via Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, HCMC/Saigon via bus/train.
Overland to Phnom Pehn, maybe via Pastor Chang’s mission to Angkor Wat then overland to Bangkok, Thailand. From Bangkok up to Chiang Mai, down to Koh Samui and avoiding the south-eastern trouble spots on to KL. A spot in Malaka, seeing if I can recall any Bahasa Malay then back to KL for a flight to Melbourne. Driving back to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road with mum and dad and home again!

Only 5 more days of school – J3 have already had there final exams and their graduation ceremony. J1, J2 and H1 have 2 days of lessons then final exams, finishing on Friday 19th March. Hopefully, if I’m diligent, I can get the marking done quickly and write their grades by the end of the 19th. Then I won’t have to come in the week after and can focus on cleaning our apartment and posting stuff home. Isogashii desu ne!

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17 03 2010
Tom McMillan

Love your blog. I’ve recently launched a website called Flightlesstravel.com that might interest you.

28 03 2010
Shane Ward

On your journey from Bangkok(BKK) to Chang Mai, make certain to drop in to a lovely little town called Ayuthaya. One hour north of BKK. Organise your train so you have the wooden style 3rd class from BKK, then the 1st class to Chang Mai two or three days later. Try not to take too much luggage with you, leave it in BKK if you can. I know some one in BKK if you want to leave your bags at his place.
Ayuthaya is one of the most amazing places I have been. It used to be the capital of Thailand, or Siam as it used to be known. Making sure you barter for the best price, for everything you do in Thailand, hire a bike, get the cheapest room. Got your Vegan Passport on you? Use the bikes you get to travel around the town. Is it wet around this time of your travel through this Asian delight of the South East.
On your travel south of Chang Mai, are you staying on the train all the way to Surat Thani? I know some good people in Surat Thani too, Let me know if you want to stay somewhere cheap and clean, drink somewhere cheap and jungle like? Most of Koh Samui is Western like. 99% of it actually. Again, hire a bike(motor this time) and ride around the island. You can find 200-300bt places to stay but you’ll struggle.
Have fun, excuse the mess, enjoy the smiles.

28 03 2010
bennoandlara

Thanks for the advice! We’ll only have 15 days – entering by land gives you a 15 day instead of a 30 day (arrival by air) visa, but if there’s lots to see and do and eat we’ll extend our visas.

We’ll get back to you about contacts closer to when we get there – around May, perhaps. Are you sure you don’t want to convert Bliss into a vegan travel agent instead of a cafe?!

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