Hurray! 6 months in travel! 🙂 On 4th of March 2015 we were on the board of the plane going to Mumbai in India. We were very excited, hungry of adventures. Back then we didn’t know how it’s to life on the road. First time in our life we were going to be in Asia that we knew only from books or other travelers’ blogs.
First two moths we were in India (4.03.2015 – 2.05.2015),
then, almost a month in Thailand (3.05.2015-27.05.2015),
next weeks we were exploring Malaysia (including Borneo) (27.05.2015-08.07.2015),
after that we spent the whole month in Indonesia (08.07.2015 – 5.08.2015),
and Thailand again (05.08.2015-02.09.2015),
right now we are in Japan and probably we will stay here till mid-October (we bought only one-way ticket, so not sure how long).
After six months in Asia, we fulfilled our big dreams but there were few disappointments too…
List of things we’ve done so far:
1. Traveled on famous Indian trains.
2. Spent time alone in Hindu temple.
3. Lived in the house with sea view.
4. Traveled on the local buses (most of the time those were falling into pieces).
5. Visited Taj Mahal.
6. Walked down the river Ganga in Varanasi.
7. Traveled on a traditional Thai longboat.
8. Discovered a hidden lagoon…
9. … and a beach hidden in the cave.
10. Spent night on a deserted island.
11. Snorkeled with sharks.
12. Dived with giant turtles.
13. Racing on the speedboats.
14. Wandering around tea and coffee plantations.
16. Witnessed the earthquake and eruption of a volcano.
17. Woke up in the house with a view on the highest mountain in Malaysia.
18. Tried weird looking Asian fruits.
19. Climbed up still active volcanos.
20. Lived in a real Balinese house.
21. Surfing the ocean’s waves.
22. Lost ourself on the rice fields.
23. Lived in a house with monkeys on the terrace.
24. Explored the 2nd biggest cave in the world (the biggest one in Vietnam is out of reach for us).
25. Tracked down the snake in the jungle.
26. Listened to the soundtrack of the jungle.
27. Checked if rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world, was a real stinker.
28. Spent a few days in the middle of the rainforest, far away from cities and towns.
29. Had a ride on a tuk-tuk…
30. … and becak.
31. Saw the sunset in Hampi.
32. Found a hidden entrance to the underground mosque.
33. Checked if hitchhiking in Asia was as good as European (it’s better!).
34. Dinner from boat-restaurant.
35. Visited a country-state, Singapore.
36. Took a picture of Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
37. Walked in a Japanese garden.
38. Visited Asian country in monsoon (Thailand).
39. Walked an island around (Gili Air).
40. Learned how to ride a bike in a hardcore street environment (with no rules on the roads and crazy fellow drivers/riders).
(Singapore and Japan are excluded from this list!)
1. Racism towards white tourists.
Yes, we wrote ‘white’. Asians call us like that, not “caucasian”, not “with a western look”, but ‘white’ straight in the face, there is not such thing as being polite in here. We are not talking about everybody as we met a lot of nice people but they were in the minority. We have to pay for everything more than locals, few times more. We were cheated many times… a day. The worst place was India so far where cheating a tourist seemed to be as normal as breathing. For locals if you are “white” means you are rich. In all Asian countries we have visited so far we’ve seen different entrance prices for tourists and locals. Many times we had to stand in separate queue for foreigners. This is the biggest disappointment that we won’t accept while traveling in Asia.
We’ve heard a lot good things about Asian food, but… haven’t heard enough about vegetarian food. We didn’t know how hard it would be to find anything without meat. Only in India there wasn’t a problem with it and vegetarian restaurants were everywhere (but it was hard to enjoy food because of lack of hygiene in restaurants). Thailand was the most challenging for vegetarian, so after over 2 years Chev had to start to eat chicken again and Anna to find protein source eats shrimps sometimes. Definitely, the most of the dishes contain rice or noodles. Bread what we can buy here is that toast junk and dairy products are very expensive. We eat rice for the breakfast, lunch and dinner…
Most people in Asia have problems with hygiene! Again Indians are the winners in this competition. Rubbish was literally everywhere. People defecating in public didn’t seem to anything bad and we are not talking about some guy urinating a wall, we are talking about having a proper s*%t in the middle of the street
We wanted to discover the world, live with tribes, trek in the wild, look for the places without tourists… But it turned out that everything moved on and it was hard to find such a place. Wild places almost don’t exist anymore, not in SEA at least, we still need to check South America…
We re-equipped our backpacks and we add some stuff we spontaneously got rid of right before the flight to India. We are talking about a tent, sleeping mats and sleeping bags. We want to travel Japan a little bit different what we used to so far. We are going to walk and cycle in Japan 😉 ). More details on FB soon.
What after Japan? We don’t know in what order but will be visiting places such as Philippines, China, probably Vietnam and Cambodia.
We’re going to stay in Asia until the end of the year 2015. Then Australia on 4 wheels and New Zealand. From there we’ll fly to the US or South America.
Are you interested in our trip? If you want to follow our adventures check out our DC-adventures facebook page. It’s the place we update our route more frequently. Ok, now it’s time for our 42 miles long trek – Kumano Kodo! See you!