Southeast Asia Adventure: Our Trip

When I first met Casey, it didn't take long for our conversation to land on the topic of travel. We compared stories of our adventures studying abroad in Australia and debated our favorite European cities. It excited me to see someone's eyes light up in the same way as mine when we talked about seeing the world. "What's the main place you're dying to go next?" I asked, already picturing the postcard-perfect beaches and ancient pagodas of my ultimate dream destination.

"Thailand," he said without hesitation.

Perfect. Answer. In that moment, I never would have thought we'd be boarding a plane to Bangkok 10 months later.

As of now, we want to make Thailand our home base for the first few months and go on to explore the surrounding countries of Southeast Asia for as long as we can. We're thinking we'll be gone for about 6 months, although I certainly wouldn't complain if that turned into a more extended stay.

When you're traveling, you never know what might come up. Maybe we'll fall so in love with Laos that we won't make it down to Malaysia. Or maybe we'll be held at the border of Cambodia, forcing us to stay a little longer than we planned. Of course, money is going to be majorly influential so it's hard to set any plan in stone.

But that's just part of the fun.

A lot of the trips I've been on have been rigid and planned to a T. Two summers ago I visited six countries in 18 days, flying from Istanbul to Vienna and road tripping through Central Europe. We booked all of our accommodations beforehand, so we were constantly rushing to make sure we'd reach our next destination on time.

On this trip,  I want to travel slow. Live in Bangkok for a few months and get to know the chaotic city. Meet other travelers and learn the local's perspective of the best places to go. Just get there and see where the wind blows us.

That's not to say there aren't a few places that definitely make the must-see list.

Ha Long Bay - Vietnam

Angkor Wat - Cambodia

Wat Rong Khun - Thailand

Shwedagon Pagoda - Myanmar

Vang Vieng - Laos

Here's to seeing these incredible sights and so much more.

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