Thursday, September 29th, 2016

The Asia Jaunt: Month Two in Review

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After two months on the road, traveling has become second nature.  And as ridiculous as it sounds, my former life seems so far in the past.  Not unlike Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I feel like I’ve been catapulted into color for the first time.

It’s like my whole life has been condensed into the past two months.  Chiang Mai?  Feels like a lifetime ago.  Eating crickets on my first day in Bangkok?  Years back, wasn’t it?

I know one thing: I want this to continue. I am going to do everything that I can to become location independent.

Behold, my second month in review:

Destinations Visited

  • Koh Lanta, Thailand
  • Railay, Thailand
  • Ao Nang, Thailand (visit #2)
  • Bangkok, Thailand (visit #2)
  • Pakse, Laos
  • Tat Lo and the Bolaven Plateau, Laos
  • Don Det, Si Phan Don, Laos
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Kampot, Cambodia
  • Kep, Cambodia

The Adventures

Going to a Bangkok ping pong show on my own – definitely one of the most adventurous things I’ve ever done!

Drinking with a mafia don on a Thai island.

Rock climbing in Railay, with very little success.

Being the only solo female exploring Laos’s rural Bolaven Plateau by motorbike.

Swimming and tubing down the Mekong in Si Phan Don.

Outlandish Adventures

Eating ten chilis in a row on a dare.  Not my finest hour.

Tweeting from my iPhone on a motorbike as the driver tweeted from his simultaneously.

Designing a tattoo with a Thai Rastafarian who makes his own tequila and has a tattoo studio in the back of his bar.

Being invited to drink with three men from China and barely understanding each other.

Telling off an idiot American at the Laos-Cambodia border.

Buying my first pair of hippie pants.

And again…so many things that can’t be mentioned here!

Culinary Highlights

Red Snapper restaurant on Koh Lanta, especially their chorizo fried with brandy and roasted garlic.

Freshly caught crab sautéed in Kampot pepper sauce in Kep, Cambodia.

Laap in Laos – a shredded chicken, pork and mint dish with sticky rice.

Lok lak in Cambodia – cubed beef over tomatoes, onions and rice in an amazing lime pepper sauce.  I would gladly put that sauce on anything.

Changes

Since beginning this trip, I’ve been noticing little changes in my personality.  I’m not taking myself as seriously as I used to.  I’m not afraid to say something that I think is funny.  I don’t care about what other people think as much.

I’m happy.  So deliciously, incredibly happy.

And, strangely, after hating my nose for twenty years, I am finally okay with it.  I even like it.  More on that later.

Media and Blog Mentions

Christine at Almost Fearless named me one of the The Best of 2010: 100 Inspired Travel Blogs!  I am in some truly excellent company.  Thanks, girl!  Glad we got to hang out in Chiang Mai!

Nomadic Matt named me one of his Favorite Travel Blogs of 2010.  This is a great round-up of some of my favorite blogs and some new ones.  I’m happy my site cracks you up on occasion, dude!

Chris the Aussie Nomad featured me as Travel Blogger Friday 29 in a very sweet post.  Thanks, Chris!  Glad I was able to send a bit of Koh Lanta sunshine to you in London!

Ashley at No Onions Extra Pickles featured me on her list of Where I Want to Go in 2011.  So happy that I’ve inspired you to travel to Thailand!

The Next Steps

I began month three in Sihanoukville and continued to Siem Reap before looping back to Bangkok.  Next: Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang, Laos, then heading back to the beaches of southern Thailand for a while.  Then probably down to Malaysia.  We’ll see!

Once again, thank you for your love, support, comments, retweets and shares.  I love that you’ve become part of my journey.

Comments

27 Responses to “The Asia Jaunt: Month Two in Review”
  1. Glad to have been able to send some travel love your way with my post mate. All in all it sounds like travel agrees with you.

  2. Will says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I must say, I’ve been saving a load of your posts in my favourites list for when I reach South East Asia at the end of January for little points of references and ideas.

    I’ve been passing on your blog to a lot of female friends who would like to go travelling solo but are a bit concerned about actually doing it for obvious reasons. I’m like “Read this blog and you’ll see it can be done!”

    Have even more fun in 2011!

  3. Are you going to Borneo while in Malaysia? The husband and I spent three weeks there on our honeymoon–it was pretty great!

  4. Theodora says:

    Congrats on a fab and successful month 2, not to mention all the lovely blog coverage, and so glad you are happy and in love with Asia.

    Tell me that you don’t mean stripey trousers or tie-dye by hippy pants?… If you make it to Vietnam (though you can get it done in other places) you can get great hippy pants (or non-hippy pants) tailored to your style requirements — they’ll copy something that fits you well, in a fabric of your choice.

    You will love Malaysian Borneo, I reckon, especially Sarawak, if you get down that far…

  5. Anthony says:

    I’m happy you’re happy 🙂 it comes across in you’re writing and yes, you do sell South East Asia very well. I’m torn between there and South America and you’re doing an awesome job flying the flag for SEA. Keep up the good work and good luck aiming to be loaction independent.

  6. Absolutely love your blog Kate. I’m so hooked on it as I’m off to SE Asia in 6 months now and reading your posts just gets me so excited.

    It’s great that you feel it’s changed you to make you a happier person.

    Keep up the great work!!

  7. Rease says:

    I like the Changes part. I can definitely relate. I am a much more positive person ever since I moved to Buenos Aires. I don’t know how it happened or even when exactly but I think it’s a good thing! God bless the magical powers of travel.

  8. Great to see the excitement of your travels jump out in this post… and so true that after two months how far away your prior life activities and priorities seem. Travel and the RTW changes one perspective so much, and for the better I say.

    And, i absolutely loved your line, “I’m happy. So deliciously, incredibly happy.” Good for you. Have a great and happy 2011.

    stay adventurous, Craig

  9. Ryan Martin says:

    Hope your ready for Vang Vieng. Tubing is nuts! Be sure to do the water slide head first and hold on until the very on the ziplines. Try not to fall on top of other tubers while on the rope swings. Nothing like some home made laos-laos with a dead snake or floating dead hornets in the bottle. If this doesn’t make sense to you now, it soon will. ENJOY!

  10. AudreyDez says:

    Congrats on your two months adventure! Thanks for sharing it with us, it’s really inspiring! I have no doubt the rest of the trip will be crazy!

  11. Sounds like you’re having the time of your life!! Your posts get both of us really excited for Asia, but who knows when we get there 😉 Location independent – that’s the way to go!! Can’t see ourselves going back to a life in a cubicle, but how can anyone who has enjoyed the freedom & adventures of a traveler’s life!! Oh, and what’s that comment about your nose?? There’s nothing wrong with it AT ALL!! 🙂

  12. Andi says:

    What a fantastic 2 months it’s been for you, I hope that you can become location independent!!! Did you get the tat that you designed???

  13. Naomi says:

    This post is crazy inspiring. I’m planning to start something similar in the next few years, so reading this is definitely encouraging 🙂

  14. Lois says:

    So glad you took the plunge and happy to follow your adventures kate!

  15. Kelly says:

    Stumbled here, I love this blog. I want to party my way through Asia now too!

  16. Rebecca says:

    Wow, it feels like you’ve been travelling so much longer than that!

  17. The Missus says:

    Totally inspirational! I am so glad you went and did this!!!

  18. Jeremy B says:

    Great update on your trip so far! But come on – things you can’t mention?! This is the stuff we want to know about! 🙂

  19. Ashley says:

    Thanks for the mention, and for sharing (most) of your awesome trip with us! I’m pretty sure there’s no way I could keep up with you…haha…but I love doing it vicariously.

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