It’s crazy how time flies! We’ve been traveling for 4 months around the world now, and still… it feels unreal. Every day, we’re feeling so lucky and grateful for all those incredibly beautiful places we encounter! And yes, living out of a backpack is hard sometimes. We do miss our normal routine, but it made us realize that we don’t need much to be happy. Nothing can trade our adventures for anything else at the moment.
Last month we traveled overland by bus from Cambodia to Thailand, and finally to Laos. We spent long distances on buses, worked on projects with hotels and relaxed on some beautiful islands. Below we show you our travel itinerary of last month, some memorable moments and our planning for month 5 of our world trip. Enjoy!
9 more days in Cambodia
In our previous world trip update, where we traveled our first 3 months, we spent already 11 days in Cambodia. Afterward, we traveled on to Kampot, a small riverside town with fewer tourists than in other places of Cambodia. Famous for its black pepper farms and a beautiful river where you can jump on a sunset cruise every evening. We stayed at The Hideaway for 3 days where we had the best river views straight from their sunset deck.
From Kampot, we took the bus and boat to the island of Koh Rong, which took us about 6 hours. The beaches and islands in Cambodia are maybe a little less-known, but no less beautiful than their popular Thai neighbors. White sandy beaches, crystal clear sea waters and secluded spots everywhere. We joined an island tour with Adventure Adam where we discovered hidden bays, went snorkeling and had a campfire on a deserted beach. Unforgettable experience!
7 days Koh Chang
Initially, it was our plan, to visit Vietnam after Cambodia. But due to bad weather forecasts, we stayed longer in Cambodia than planned and decided to go to Koh Chang, an often forgotten paradise in Eastern Thailand.
Unfortunately, we only had a few days of sunshine in Koh Chang, so we did a lot of online work and started an incredibly good series on Netflix: Gran Hotel. Furthermore, we rented a scooter and explored the island, which was the highlight for us. Pulling over at the side of the road and taking pictures of the stunning views, chilling out at one of the beaches and exploring places at your own pace. Such a feeling of freedom!
5 days Bangkok
We’ve spent quite a lot of time in Thailand already and planned to explore the northern part next month, but this time we were here for a different reason. We worked on an exciting project with Burasari Group, a lifestyle and boutique hotel management company which has seven unique properties in Thailand and Laos, and stayed in their stylish W22 hotel right in the middle of Bangkok’s Chinatown. In the meantime, we visited the beautiful temple of Wat Arun, founded some great food gems, strolled around Chinatown and watched stunning sunsets along the Chao Praya River. We met with Ellen and Sam, friends from our hometown, who had brought us a bag with new clothing from home. Thanks again sweeties for taking this with you!
10 days Laos
Laos was our first destination in Southeast Asia we never explored before. So the excitement level was high and we had no idea what to expect. We spent our first days in Vientiane, where we visited Buddha Park. A famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues. We continued our project with Burasari Group and were lucky enough to spend Valentine’s Day in their brand new luxury hotel La Seine. After Vientiane, we took a bus to Vang Vieng which was about a 4-hour ride. From the moment we arrived, where we were blown away by the impressive nature. Wow, Vang Vieng truly left a great impression on us. This place is by far one of the most unique places we’d been so far. Sharp and majestic green mountains jutting out of the earth was our view the entire time. Wonderful! Unfortunately, we only had 2 nights here. We really could have stayed here for a week.
Where are we now?
At the moment, we are 4 days in Luang Prabang, a charming and authentic little town situated right off the Mekong River in Northern Laos, and will be spending 4 more days here. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage town and described as the jewel of Indochina and for a good reason! We absolutely love it here and it is already by far our most favorite town we’ve discovered in Southeast Asia. Visiting the Kuang Si Waterfalls is still on the planning and we will continue our project with Burasari Group, where we will be staying at their beautiful properties Cafe De Laos, Sunset Villa, and The Heritage. Hello, luxury!
What’s on the planning for month 5?
Month 5 of our world trip will be a mix of two countries: Thailand (but this time the northern part) and Sri Lanka. First, we have planned a 2-day cruise along the Mekong River that will take us from Laos to the north of Thailand, and which is apparently also the most beautiful way to travel between these two countries. After the cruise, we will continue our journey by local transport and explore the northern part of Thailand. On March 11, we will be flying to Sri Lanka, a new destination we never explored before. So exciting new adventures ahead!
Are there any places we can’t miss in north Thailand or tips for Sri Lanka we need to know about? Please share it with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!
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Mik & Valerie