Updated: Mar 13, 2018
This is a record of my travels in Asia — day trips and business trips excluded. All my journeys and travel routes are recorded with iPackTravel mobile app — Download Free (iOS only).
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I have not been travelling far and wider than I want 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. And it is just beginning. I will keep building this list with new journeys that I will be taking to see the world 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 for business and, technically, not considered as travelling. There are still a few more countries in East Asia that I have not visited.
2. It's nearer to my home country — Singapore. I can choose to travel over land or on water too, no need to always 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 photos (using films) of the trips before 2005 are hazy. Also, tap on any links to check out articles relevant to the trips I mentioned.
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).
— YEAR 2005 —
Period: Feb 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.
2. Through West Malaysia to Thailand
Period: Apr-May 2005 (13 days) Expenses: SGD 750 Places: Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Hat Yai, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya Remarks: Singapore to Ayutthaya and back by trains and buses only.
3. Ipoh, West Malaysia Period: Nov 2005 (4 days) Expenses: SGD 170
Places: Cave Temples, Gua Tempurung
— YEAR 2006 —
1. Beijing, China Period: May 2006 (10 days) Expenses: SGD 1,100
Places: The Great Wall, Summer Palace, Heaven Altar, etc.
2. West Malaysia
Period: Aug 2006 (13 days) Expenses: SGD 520 Places: Penang, Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara Malaysia (Malaysia National Park), Malacca
3. Eastern China
Period: Nov 2006 (28 days) Expenses: SGD 1,750 Places: Nanjing, Wuxi, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Tunxi, Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), Wuyuan
— YEAR 2007 —
- Got a new job, not enough annual leaves to travel.
— YEAR 2008 —
1. Hong Kong Period: Jan 2008 (9 days) Expenses: SGD 1,420 Places: Disneyland, Big Buddha, Ocean Park, The Peak, Macao (day trip)
2. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Period: May 2008 (6 days) Expenses: SGD 550
Places: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Kbal Spean River
3. Sabah, East Malaysia
Period: Sep 2008 (8 days) Expenses: SGD 683
Places: Kota Kinabalu, Mount Kinabalu, Poring Hot Spring Remarks: Conquered Mount Kinabalu!
— YEAR 2009 —
Period: May 2009 (13 days) Expenses: SGD 1,670 Places: Taipei, Chiayi, Alishan, Nantou, Sun Moon Lake, Qingjing Farm, Yeliu, Jiufen
2. Sichuan & Xi'an, China
Period: Oct 2009 (15 days) Expenses: SGD 2,080 Places: Jiuzhai Valley, Songpan, Wenchuan, Chengdu, Leshan Big Buddha, Xi'an, Terracotta Warriors
— YEAR 2010 —
1. Phuket, Thailand Period: Apr 2010 (5 days) Expenses: SGD 700
Places: Patong Beach Remarks: Songkran Festival
2. Southern Vietnam
Period: June 2010 (8 days) Expenses: SGD 900 Places: Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Long (Mekong Delta), Cu Chi Tunnels
3. Ancient Capitals of Thailand
Period: Nov 2010 (9 days) Expenses: SGD 780 Places: Bangkok, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya Remarks: Loi Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai
— YEAR 2011 —
1. Hoi An, Central Vietnam
Period: Nov 2011 (7 days) Expenses: SGD 775
Period: Dec 2011 (9 days) Expenses: SGD 2,742 (include family expenses) Places: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh
— YEAR 2012 —
Period: May 2012 Duration: 16 days Expenses: SGD 1,800 Places: Taipei, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, Taitung, Hualien
2. Guangxi & Yunnan, China
Period: Oct 2012 - Jan 2013 (84 days) Expenses: SGD 3,600 Places: Hainan Island, Guilin, Yangshuo, Longji Rice Terraces, Chengyang Bridge, Nanning, Kumming, Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Dongchuan Red Earth, Dali, Nuodeng, Shaxi, Lijiang, Lugu Lake, Shangri-La, Meri Snow Mountain, Xiamen, etc.
1. Northern Taiwan
Period: Jan - Feb 2013 (23 days)
Expenses: SGD 1,590 Places: Kinmen Island, Taichung, Taipei, Yilan, Hualien, Taroko Gorge Remarks: Continued from China trip (Oct 2012).
2. Kuala Lumpur & Malacca, West Malaysia
Period: Mar 2013 (4 days) Expenses: SGD 200
Places: Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Twin Towers, Malacca
3. Thailand Period: Aug 2013 (19 days) Expenses: SGD 1,050 Places: Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Pai, Sukhothai
Remarks: As a travel partner to a Chinese traveller and show her around Thailand.
— YEAR 2014 —
- Got another job and no annual leaves again.
— YEAR 2015 —
1. Ipoh, West Malaysia
Period: Apr 2015 (4 days)
2. Northern Taiwan
Period: Oct 2015 (12 days) Expenses: SGD 2,225 Places: Taipei, Keelung, Yeliu Geopark, Jiufen, Hualien
3. Pontian Kechil, West Malaysia
Period: Dec 2015 (2 days)
Remarks: Family trip.
— YEAR 2016 —
1. Tangerang, Indonesia
Period: April 2016 (19 Days) Remarks: Technically a working trip but long enough to try most of the food there.
2. Eastern China
Period: May 2016 (15 days) Expenses: SGD 1,600 Places: Haikou, Xinxiang (Wanxian Mountain), Nanjing, Hangzhou
3. Malacca, West Malaysia
Period: Dec 2016 (3 days)
Expenses: SGD 415
— YEAR 2017 —
1. Malacca, West Malaysia
Period: Feb 2017 (5 days)
2. West Malaysia
Period: July 2016 (13 days)
Expenses: SGD 750
Places: Malacca, Ipoh, Penang, Taiping, Kuala Lumpur, Muar
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