Updated: Dec 17, 2019
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].
The footprints map above is created using "My Footprints"
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 each journey I will be taking 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 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 all trips before 2005 are hazy. Also, tap on any links (e.g. "linked-text") to check out relevant articles from the trips.
Note: All expenses stated include air tickets, visa and travel insurance, if any. If you want to track your travel expenses too, download iTreasurer (iOS only).
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
YEAR 2014 - Got another job and no annual leaves again.
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)
1. Tangerang, Indonesia
Period: April 2016 (19 Days) Remarks: Technically a working trip but long enough to try most of the food here.
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
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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