World trip update first 3 months: Africa to Thailand

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World trip update first 3 months: Africa to Thailand

Hi everyone! It has been 3 months now since we packed our bags and started our world trip. To be honest, it doesn’t feel that long for us, but yet it is quite a long time. Meanwhile, we traveled through 9 countries and took 6 flights that covered over 23,000 kilometers. Looks already pretty impressive, right? We visited so many incredible places, met amazing people from all around the world, and woke up every morning with the biggest smile on our faces.

What have we done in the past 3 months? Where have we been? And what’s on the planning for month 4 of our world trip? You can read it all in this very first world trip update. We hope you like it!

World trip update first 3 months: our travel itinerary

World trip update 3 months on the road
Our travel itinerary of the first 3 months of our world trip

A 2-week self-drive through beautiful Namibia

We booked a one-way ticket to Windhoek and started our world trip in Namibia, a destination where we’ve dreamt about already long before we even decided to leave home. A couple of weeks before we left, we booked a 4WD with a rooftop tent and planned a 2-week itinerary with all the places we wanted to see.

Highlights of the trip were definitely Sossusvlei (the oldest desert in the world), Etosha National Park, meeting the Himbas, and enjoying the many stunning sunsets. And ow yeah, we also had our first flat tire in the middle of nowhere on a hill with a sign that elephants could cross the road anytime. Hilarious!

As this was the first camping trip we’ve ever made, we had some scary moments too. Especially when we arrived late on our campsite and still needed to cook in the dark with elephants and other wildlife all around us.

But in the end, this self-drive was certainly one of the most unforgettable adventures we’ve experienced so far and Namibia really stole our hearts!

Read also: Namibia in 2 weeks: travel itinerary + tips

Namibia in 2 weeks - Sossusvlei
Walking through Deadvlei in Sossusvlei
Namibia roads
Having a flat tire in Namibia is not unusual
Sossusvlei campsite in Namibia
Camping with the most stunning sunsets every night
Namibia Etosha National Park
Spotting wildlife in Etosha National Park

The proposal in Sossusvlei

Besides we instantly fell in love with Namibia, there was also that one magical moment that made the entire trip completely unforgettable because…

Mik asked me to marry him! It all happened on the second night and I still can’t believe this actually happened…  The proposal was such a magical moment! We were having dinner, enjoying a glass of wine, watching a magical sunset with Sossusvlei in front of us, and then he went on his knees…  And hell yeah, I SAID YES! Still can’t believe he proposed me at such a beautiful place, feeling the luckiest girl in the world!

P.s: Mik prepared everything already before we left and surprised me afterward with this super cute video where he asked my father and grandmother’s permission.

At the end of our road trip through Namibia, we decided to book 2 nights in a luxury glamping lodge where we celebrated our engagement. I couldn’t wish for any better place to be!

World trip update first 3 months
Celebrating our engagement in the beautiful Eagle Tented Lodge
Eagle Tented Luxury Lodge Namibia
Outdoor shower with views over the bush
Eagle Tented Lodge Namibia
Views from our room
Suitcasestories engagement Namibia
Feeling the luckiest girl in the world

4 days Cape Town

After our trip through Namibia, we flew to South Africa where we spent 4 days at a lovely Airbnb guesthouse in Cape Town. (use this link to get a $45 discount on your first booking on Airbnb) Cape Town is also the place where the overland camping tour with Acacia Africa starts, so we took these 4 days to relax and enjoy a bit of luxury after our camping trip. We hiked Lion’s head for a day and explored the coast a bit. Cape Town is such an amazing city and a place where we really could live.

Read also: Best things to do in Cape Town

Destinations South Africa
Beautiful beaches of Cape Town
Cape Town Guesthouse
The guesthouse we booked via Airbnb

A 40-day camping overland tour with Acacia Africa

After charging our batteries in Cape Town, we were ready to start the real adventure we were looking forward to so much: a 40-day camping overland tour with Acacia Africa crossing 7 countries in Southern Africa. It was such a wonderful adventure we will never forget! This trip was so unique and incomparable to anything we’ve done before. Not only we experienced unforgettable things like walking with rhinos in Zimbabwe or going on mokoro safari in Botswana, but we also slept every night under the stars in remote campsites and met so many amazing people from all around the world. This was definitely not the last camping overland tour we did!

Read all about the overland tour here

Spitzkoppe campsite in Namibia
camping overland tour africa
Met the most amazing people during the tour
Camping overland tour Africa
Unforgettable sunset moments in Namibia

27 days island-hopping in Thailand

After spending almost 2 months in Africa, we booked a flight from Cape Town to Bangkok and started from this central point to travel around Southeast Asia. After 1 night in Bangkok, we took the night bus and ferry to the island of Koh Lanta, where we spend Christmas with the most lovely family of our hotel, did some island-hopping, enjoyed a Thai cooking class, and relaxed on the stunning white beaches. Koh Lanta even became our favorite island in Thailand!

Read also: Best things to do in Koh Lanta

After Koh Lanta, we went to Koh Libong, spent New Year at Koh Mook, snorkeled at Koh Kradan, and ended our island-hopping trip in Phuket. We took the time to really relax after our exhausting African trip, worked on our blog, wrote some new articles, created travel movies about our adventures in Africa and had so much ‘us’ time together.

Koh Lanta Fruit Market
Fruit stalls in Koh Lanta
Spending Christmas on Koh Lanta
Spending Christmas on Koh Lanta
Thailand - Koh Lanta
Beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta
Cute little girl on Koh Mook
Cute little girl on Koh Mook
Crystal-clear waters of Koh Kradan
Crystal-clear waters of Koh Kradan

11 days Cambodia

After our island-hopping trip in Thailand, we flew to Siem Reap in Cambodia, where we stayed for 4 days. We spent the days with temple hopping at the sites of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.

After Siem Reap, we continued our trip to Battambang, which is the rural countryside of Cambodia. We took the authentic bamboo train, visited the Killing Caves, and saw millions of bats flying out into the night.

Currently we are in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, and learnt more about the dark history of the Khmer Rouge regime that only happened 40 years ago. We went to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which opened up our eyes even more. For 4 years this was the famous prison, called S-21, where thousands of Cambodians were killed for crimes they didn’t even commit.  It’s unbelievable how many people have been killed behind closed doors from the world without any reason. It was such a heartbreaking visit but really a must-do when you go to Phonm Penh!

Royal Palace Phnom Penh Cambodia
The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Angkor Wat Temple Cambodia
Temple hopping at Angkor Wat
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh
The poor victims who died during the Khmer Rouge
Sunrise Angkor Wat Cambodia
Sunrise at the beautiful Angkor Wat

What’s the planning for month 4 of our world trip?

We will continue our journey in Cambodia to the south, to explore Kampot and the island of Koh Rong. After Cambodia, we are going to cross the border to Thailand again where we will first stop for some beach days at the island of Koh Chang.

After Koh Chang, we will go back to Bangkok where we will take a flight to Laos on the 13th of February. We are looking forward to discovering all those beautiful places and can’t wait to share our next world trip update!

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Love,
Mik & Valerie

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