macado's se asia adventure I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

19Apr/060

Finding a cheap flight to SE Asia

So for the past 3 weeks or so i've been scouring every travel related website, airfare consolidator, and budget airline on the Internet.  I've been unable to find any roundtrip flights to anywhere in SE Asia, be it Bangkok (BKK), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Singapore (SIN), Manilla, Philiphines (MNL) for under $1200 USD.   This sort of presents a problem because I it leaves me with less money for travel expenses.    Seems like most cheap flights to SE Asia are leaving either out of Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) but still not cheap enough for me to get there.  If anybody happens to find a roundtrip to SE Asia leaving out of Boston or New York for under $800, please let me know.

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3Apr/061

Set course for SE Asia – Coming to theatres summer 2006!

For the past 4 months or so i've been planning a rather large and spontaneous trip to Southeast Asia.  Although the dates aren't quite set I will be leaving sometime in the beginning of June and will be staying there until the 2nd week of August (a little over 2 months).  I'm not bringing anything besides American money ($3900), my camera, my passport and a backpack with a small amount of clothing.  The rest i'm going to pick up while i'm there and not worry about it. 

I have no reserved plans of where i'm staying but only a list of countries and places I want to visit and things I want to do.  Based on what i've been reading from various travel books and websites, i'm probably going to be spending the majority of the time or at least a month in southern Thailand for scuba diving and relaxing on a beach.  I also have plans to dive in the Cebu islands while in the Philippines.

Here's a very general breakdown of my trip.  It will supposedly go like this or until the money runs out.  I will be traveling in some sort of zig-zag pattern using various modes of transportation (buses, trains, airplanes) through Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong (briefly), Philippines, then back to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Malaysia
Arrive in Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia to see the Petronas towers. Will stay in Malaysia approximately 2 days

Thailand
Phuket, Krabi, Ko Samet, Ko Lipe, Phi Phi islands, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai

Cambodia

I will try to meet up with a friend of mine who claims to be here around the same time.
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

Vietnam
To view various Vietnam war sights and underground tunnels. I don't plan to stay in Vietnam very long because supposedly from what i've been reading, this will probably be the most dangerous destination of my trip. I will make a quick trip to Phu Quoc Island to relax somewhere along the way.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Nha Trang, Phu Quoc Island, and Hanoi

China
Just to see Hong Kong.

Philippines
Scuba diving in Cebu islands.
Manila, Cebu Islands

Malaysia
END TRIP: Back to Kuala Lumpur and then on to Home.

Activities Include:
-scuba diving, kayaking, whitewater rafting, exploring jungle, exploring temples, shopping, insert Indiana Jones-type adventure (minus little asian kid named Wily), drinking, relaxing on beach, photography with 4gb microdrive of pictures. So folks, now is your time to request a souvenir from Asia. My space will be limited so I will not be bring back any child slaves, mail order wifes, or elephants.
The adventure begins June 5th! A little over 2 months away! Approximately 2 months to explore 6 foreign countries.

general outline of my trip 

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