We decided to start
off 2011 with a trip to Southeast Asia. We had been looking at the
GAP Adventure trips to this area for quite some time and since we know
what to expect from GAP we booked a month long standard/classic trip with
them. Once again GAP did not disappoint as we had a wonderful guide
for the entire trip and we were able to immerse ourselves in the culture
of each country and meet many of the locals. Our guide,
Lek, is from southern
Thailand and the love for her country really shows. She went
out of her way to make sure we experienced the food, culture and
friendliness of the people of the entire region.
Our trip took us
from the bustling busy cities of Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and
Phnom Penh to the quiet laid-back towns of Chaing Mai, Luang Prabang and
Hoi An. We added a day trip with Lek at the end to the
in western Thailand
We traveled through four
countries, by planes, overnight trains, local bus, private van,
and tuk tuks. We floated down rivers on boats, had rides in cyclos
pedaled by old men and had an early morning flight in a hot air balloon.
We rode bicycles, elephants, kayaks, hiked up to the top of waterfalls and
trudged though hip deep water to explore caves . We were on the move
most of the time, staying only a few days in each place and cramming each
day with as much as we could manage to see and experience.
The trip included visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand; the Karst mountains
of Halong Bay, Vietnam; floating down the Mekong river for two days and visiting
a secluded Laotian village; visiting the Cu chi tunnels in the Vietnam
countryside; the killing fields and Angkor Wat in Cambodia and so much more.