Thus begins our journey around the world! Since I am based in Singapore, I will start the plan from Asia. You can start from any continent you are in. Just move the plans around a little and you can follow the rest of the itinerary accordingly.
South East Asia
Starting in Singapore, the beginning of this ultimate dream itinerary will take us through South East Asia.
From Singapore, take bus to Johor Bahru, Malaysia. After a heaty meal, continue to explore Malaysia with trains and buses, going to places like Batu Cave in Kuala Lumpur, Melacca’s food street, Langkawi’s sky bridge, Penang’s George Town and Ipoh’s food street.
Continuing up, we will arrive in Thailand’s first city, Hat Yai. At the west-coast, we will arrive in Krabi, visiting islands like Koh Phi Phi and Ko Samui. Going back to the mainland, we will arrive in the capital, Bangkok, visiting temples and Pattaya.
From Bangkok, take the long distance bus to Cambodia to visit Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. Travel Cambodia, trying out their local delicacies before arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Travel upwards towards Hanoi, passing Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hue, Vinh, and Ha Long Bay.
With Laos on the borders, it is easy to visit the nature in Luang Prabang, Laos. From Laos, return to Thailand via the borders near Vientiane, and visit national parks and waterfalls in Thailand. Head to Yangon in Myanmar then up to Mandalay and Inle Lake.
Sharing the borders with China, it is time to explore China. A train trip in China is something I have always wanted to do: Yunnan (Shangrila) – Lijiang – Sichuan (Jiuzaigou) – Xi an (terracotta army and Qinshihuang and Hua shan) – Zhangjiajie – (Hong Kong) – Shanghai – Beijing (Great wall & forbidden kingdom) – Tianjin – Mongolia – Harbin.
Between Zhangjiajie and Shanghai, I will do a trip to Hong Kong via Guangzhou to see Zaha Hadid’s architecture. Hong Kong is one of my favourite places to be, for its connection to the world, skyscrapers and mountains. Then I hope to go to Mongolia after Tianjin to appreciate the culture there. Then back to China in Harbin.
And if it possible, I would absolutely love to go to North Korea. But I wouldn’t recommend North Korea as a safe destination. It’s a “nice to have”, but not something I’d recommend to do. After North Korea or Harbin (China), I will go to Seoul – Busan – Jeju in South Korea.
In Japan, the road trip is as follows: Sapporo (beer) – Tokyo – Mount Fuji – Kyoto (so beautiful) – Osaka (palaces) – Kobe (beef) – Hiroshima (the after effects of war) – Okinawa. Japan is interesting on its own but the cities are so different from each other. It is simply fascinating.
After traveling Japan, it is time to return to a country that speaks my language, Taiwan. In Taipei, I am going to do a 2-weeks cycling trip around Taipei. From Taipei, I will cycle down to Tainan and Kaohsiung via Yilan, Hualien and Taitung, passing Yushan National Park.
After Taipei, I will go to the Philippines for the Banaue Rice Terraces – Baguio City – El Nido in Palawan, Cebu and the islands around. It is a time to get some serious sun tan!
After the Philippines, the sun, sea and sand does not stop! I will take a flight to Maldives and Sri Lanka. The beautiful Arabian Sea, stunning in its crystal clear water is such an attraction. In Sri Lanka, I would also take the old trains across the tea plantation in the mountains.
Sharing the borders with India, this is the road trip in India: Kerala – Jharkhand – Jaipur – Agra (Taj Mahal) – North India towards the Himalayas.
Next, I will take a trip back to be in touch with Mother Nature, around the Himalayas via India. Tibet – Nepal – Bhutan. I was near the first range of Himalayas, and it was so gorgeous that I was dumbfounded. The feeling when you see Mother Nature at its finest peak, it is such a pure and honest feeling. At that moment, suddenly all troubles are gone behind the huge mountains.
Central Asia (Silk Road Travel Itinerary)
After India, I will begin my road trip in Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan – Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan.
Central Asia is very underrated, perhaps due to its political instability and lack of information. However, these countries are beautiful beyond words, with the most stunning nature. Especially in Uzbekistan, the country is rich in history and culture. The architecture in the mosques are so exquisite, you could stand there and stare at them the entire day.
Fun fact: Samarkand is also conquered by Alexander the Great. It was later conquered by Russia next, but gained independence in 1991. The heart of silk road is also in Samarkand through Bukhara, at the passage along the Zeravshan River Valley.
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