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So 21 days have past since the departure from Bangkok back to Germany. The 88 days Yui and I spent in Southeast Asia were a lot of fun. I feel like a learned a lot about the four countries we visited, about the people living there and their culture and customs. Yui and I often just started walking with no particular destination in mind and most of the time discovered things we otherwise wouldn‘t have seen! I feel like we really got a genuine picture of the countries and the people living there thanks to that.

Our route ended up being like this

BangkokKo ChangSihanoukvilleKampotKepPhnom PenhSiem Reap / Angkor WatPhnom PenhHo Chi Minh CityPhu QuocHo Chi Minh CityHoi AnHueHanoiVientianeVang ViengLuang PrabangChiang MaiKo SamuiBangkok

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Looking back, the trip itself really seems like a piece of cake. We never faced major difficulties traveling around. I remember being a bit insecure before we left Germany, thinking about all the things that might possibly go wrong. Of course, there were some small difficulties from time to time but everything always worked out somehow! So I really encourage anyone who is playing with the thought of doing a trip like this to just do it! It‘s a fantastic experience and I‘m so glad that Yui and I decided to do this little journey.


So, that‘s it for that. After a short stay in Germany, I‘m actually now on my way to Japan where I will stay in Osaka for 4 1/2 months. I will study at a Japanese language school and live with a host family. I really want to improve my Japanese language skills during that time, so I‘m planing to study a lot! (At least that‘s what I think now, we will see how that will work out . . . ;)) Well, I‘m off. いってきま~す. See you from Japan✩彡
11th-Mar-2013 05:38 pm - Fifteenth Stop→CHIANG MAI
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Yui and Caro, back in Thailand! We stayed in the city of Chiang Mai for five days and also met my Mum there who would join us for the rest of our trip. Chiang Mai is the second biggest city of Thailand. However, the population is just around 150,000. The city is home to many universities, the biggest being the Chiang Mai University with approximately 35,000 students. The city therefore has a very hip and creative side to it which was a welcome diversion for me after all the traveling around the more rural Laos.

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2nd-Mar-2013 12:49 am - Fourteenth Stop→VANG VIENG
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Vang Vieng is a small town located between the Capital Vientiane and the historic Luang Prabang. The city became quite famous in recent years due to its Tubing activities; many backpackers (especially from Australia) came to Vang Vieng to float down the Nam Song river in big tubes taken from old truck tires. On the way, they would stop at the countless bars set up on the river to drink some alcohol or consume even stronger drugs. As this kind of behaviour let to many injuries and even deaths among the backpackers, the Laotian government decided to shut down all of the bars and forbade the consuming of alcohol while tubing in October 2012. So when Yui and I went there, we experienced tubing as a relaxed and quiet activity and very different from what it must have been a few years ago.

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15th-Feb-2013 10:35 pm - Thirteenth Stop→VIENTIANE
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Vientiane was the first stop on Yui's and my journey through Southeast Asia in Laos. I have to admit that I didn't have certain images or expectations of the country beforehand, just pieces of information I heard here and there. It came really as a surprise however to find such a well-developed, clean and organized city.

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8th-Feb-2013 10:47 pm - Eleventh Stop→HUE
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After leaving Hoi An, Yui and I went on a two day motorbike trip with the Hoi An Easy Riders to see more of the countryside and highlands of Vietnam before reaching our next stop Hue.

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2nd-Feb-2013 08:29 pm - Tenth Stop→HOI AN
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After a 17 hour ride on the train from Ho Chi Minh City, Yui and I arrived in Hoi An. I was very excited to come to the city as I've heard many good things about it from other travelers we met on our way. And I have to say; all of them were right. Ha Noi has been my favourite place in Vietnam so far and it will be very hard to beat this atmospheric town!

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27th-Jan-2013 09:54 pm - Ninth Stop→PHU QUOC
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Phu Quoc is a Vietnamese island in the Gulf of Thailand. Yui and I stayed there from the 18th until the 23rd of January. It was a very spontaneous decision but I'm so glad we did go!

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22nd-Jan-2013 07:14 pm - Eighth Stop→HO CHI MINH CITY
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After a quite long and exhausting busride from Phnom Penh, Yui and I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it used to be called, is the biggest city in Vietnam. I took some pictures from the rooftop of our hostel Vietnam Inn Saigon at night as I love the sight of lit up streets and buildings.

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14th-Jan-2013 10:21 pm - Seventh Stop→SIEM REAP / ANGKOR WAT
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While waiting for my passport to get permission to entry Vietnam at the boarder from Cambodia, I decided to write the entry about Siem Reap/Angkor Wat. Siem Reap is the nearest city to the famous temple complex of Angkor Wat so most tourists visiting the temples are staying there. The hostel Yui and I stayed at is called Angkor Wall and run by Hank from Taiwan. Hank is a designer and put much thought in decorating the place very uniquely, just have a look at the pictures!

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11th-Jan-2013 06:56 pm - Sixth Stop→PHNOM PENH
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Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. I was really looking forward to go there since I love big, busy and especially Asian cities. And I wasn't disappointed! But let's start from the beginning; the bus from Kep took 5 hours to reach Phnom Penh. The hostel Yui and I booked is located in Street 88 and called 88backpackers.

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