Adventure in Southeast Asia

I embarked on a 12-day solo adventure in 5 southeast Asian countries exactly a year ago. It has been  the most adventurous travel escapade I had until now.

Unlike last year where I can hop-on and off from buses, running trains and sorts with ease; this time, I get to travel with my 62-year old mom, my best friend, closest friends and their families. All ten of us experienced an exhausting but fulfilling 9-day adventure trip in Southeast Asia.

After several days of thrilling fun and adventure we made it to Singapore.

We traveled more than 2,000 kilometers on land from Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam then crossing the entire Cambodia nation with a two-nights stop in Siem Reap.  Crossed the border to Bangkok in Thailand for a night and then rented a van to Penang in Malaysia.  An overnight bus to Singapore concluded our trip with an awesome escapade in Singapore.

Welcome to Vietnam, the Motorbike Capital of the World, and so it seem.

One has must cross the streets of Saigon with care. The motorbike drivers are the kings and queens of the road !

Ho Chi Min formerly Saigon is the historical hub of Vietnam. Make sure to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels where the Vietnamese dig an enormous underground tunnel system to win the battle against the America.

Our historical guide (seated) claimed that he was a Vietnamese solider. The stories he told based from personal experience.

A relaxing river cruise along the Saigon River kept us busy while waiting for the bus to Cambodia. Saigon’s skyline glitters at night.

The trip consisted sleeping in buses and vans and getting caught in horrendous 9-hours queue to cross the 10-minute ferry ride across the Mekong river. We experienced first hand together with all the tourists on board our bus to bribe a traffic officer to help hasten our ferry ride to no avail.

This is the queue to cross the Mekong River, it was several kilometers long and kept us 9 hours behind schedule. The long weekend and the burial ceremony of the King of Cambodia made traffic in the key areas of Cambodia terrible.

Crossing international borders were not as smooth too as it was last year because of the surge of tourists to Thailand and a looming long weekend due to national holidays.

Siem Reap in Cambodia is home to the World Famous Angkor Wats

My mom and friend’s dream to cross the southern Thailand peninsula to Malaysia did not happen since outbound trains from Bangkok to anywhere are all fully booked.  We experienced to eat exotic (super spicy) street foods and practically dining in street corners and market stalls.  We slept in dormitories and hostels much to my mom’s shock and surprise since she had to share a room with a total stranger.  We experienced running while pulling and carrying our luggage that gets heavier after every major stop in a city.  And we endured the driving ability of a Thai man trying his best not to fall asleep to reach Malaysia in an overnight 12-hours ordeal. And to top it all, language barrier did not do much of course to ease our desire for a wonderful escapade, in fact it made it all the more challenging.

The best way to indulge in Thai cuisine is to dine in at the many food stalls found around the Grand Palace , like this one.

This is a must see in Thailand along with many other Wat and palaces in Bangkok.

If shopping is your deal, Bangkok’s Chatuchak market definitely got it all.

A short stop over to the historical Georgetown in Penang Malaysia became our gateway to Singapore.

After what seem like forever but truly an adventurous one, we made it to Singapore with a grand accommodation in a friend’s posh condominium and a big celebration in Singapore’s Universal Studios.  My mom and friends especially those who traveled for the first time abroad thrilled and surely will never forget our ordeal in an adventure to Southeast Asia.

The Marina Bay Sands

At the Merlion Park

A wonderful and fun night at Sentosa.

To cap the entire SEA trip, my mom and I enjoyed the rides at Universal Studios in Singapore.

I will soon post a per country escapade of our Southeast Asian adventure.

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