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My Travel Footprints in Asia (2005 - 2014)

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

This is a record of my travels in Asia — day trips and business trips excluded.

I have not been travelling far and wide than I wanted to be, but it is a matter of what I want to achieve more than reaching the far corners. Nevertheless, I will still want to see the whole world in my lifetime. I will keep building this list with my journeys to see the world that I live in.

Why only Asia?

1. I have more leisure trips in Asia than any other places. Most of my trips outside Asia were work-related and, technically, not considered as travelling. And there are still a few more countries in East Asia that I have not visited.

2. Asian countries are nearer to my home country — Singapore. I can choose to travel over land or water without always needing to fly.

3. Singapore passport allows free visas to almost all the countries in Asia.

I will start with my first backpacking trip in 2005 as my memories and old photos (using films) of trips before 2005 are pretty hazy.

Note: All expenses stated below include air tickets, visa and travel insurance, if any. If you want to track your travel expenses too, download iTreasurer (iOS only) — made by me too.

YEAR 2005 —

February '05 — Vietnam

Period: February 2005 (13 days) Expenses: SGD 1,185 Places: Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa Remarks: My first backpacking trip.

April '05 — Through West Malaysia to Thailand

Period: April~May 2005 (13 days) Expenses: SGD 750 Places: Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Hat Yai, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya Remarks: Singapore to Ayutthaya and back using trains and buses only.

November '05 — Ipoh, West Malaysia Period: Nov 2005 (4 days) Expenses: SGD 170

Places: Cave Temples, Gua Tempurung

— YEAR 2006 —

May '06 — Beijing, China

Period: May 2006 (10 days) Expenses: SGD 1,100

Places: The Great Wall, Summer Palace, Heaven Altar, etc.

August '06 — West Malaysia

Period: August 2006 (13 days) Expenses: SGD 520 Places: Penang, Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara (Malaysia National Park), Malacca

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November '06 — Eastern China

Period: November 2006 (28 days) Expenses: SGD 1,750 Places: Nanjing, Wuxi, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Tunxi, Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), Wuyuan

— YEAR 2007 —

Got a new job and not enough annual leaves to travel. But, I accumulated more leaves for 2008.

— YEAR 2008 —

January '08 — Hong Kong

Period: January 2008 (9 days) Expenses: SGD 1,420 Places: Disneyland, Big Buddha, Ocean Park, The Peak, Macao (day trip)

May '08 — Siem Reap, Cambodia

Period: May 2008 (6 days) Expenses: SGD 550

Places: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Kbal Spean River

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September '08 — Sabah, East Malaysia

Period: September 2008 (8 days) Expenses: SGD 683

Places: Kota Kinabalu, Mount Kinabalu, Poring Hot Spring Remarks: Conquered Mount Kinabalu!

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— YEAR 2009 —

May '09 — Taiwan

Period: May 2009 (13 days) Expenses: SGD 1,670 Places: Taipei, Chiayi, Alishan, Nantou, Sun Moon Lake, Qingjing Farm, Yeliu, Jiufen

October '09 — Sichuan & Xi'an, China

Period: October 2009 (15 days) Expenses: SGD 2,080 Places: Jiuzhai Valley, Songpan, Wenchuan, Chengdu, Leshan Big Buddha, Xi'an, Terracotta Warriors