The easiest and cheapest way to travel around Southeast Asia is to rely on the local transportation means. We only took a couple of flights, other than that we relied on the local transportation methods, some better than others, to get to where we wanted to be.
All over Asia, street food is the way the locals eat. Prepared at every corner of the street, right in front of the customer, dirt cheap, and lots of options: eating street food is the way to go. As any Westerner, we were a little hesitant to try it. How do you know the ingredients are good? What if we get food posioning? How do we know which stand to go?
In November 2014, we visited three countries: Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. After a rough start in Thailand, we found ourself being comfortable in Kuala Lumpur, and enjoying Singapore. Looking back, we probably won’t return to any of these countries any time soon as we feel we have a good impression of all of them.
After spending 10 days in the north of Thailand, we headed south in search for white sand beaches. From Chiang Mai, we took an overnight bus to Bangkok, followed by an overnight train to Surat Thani. From there, a three hour bus ride brought us to Krabi Town. Needless to say, we smelled terrible, so a nice long shower and nap was the first thing we did.
Our second stop in Thailand was the northern city of Chiang Mai. On November 3rd, one day before we wanted to leave for Chiang Mai, we went to the train station in Bangkok to buy two tickets for the overnight train. It turned out, however, tickets were sold out for the remainder of the week, as we learned there was a festival in Chiang Mai.
We, Mark & Herta, are currently backpacking through Europe, and eventually planning to settle in London. Beyond that? The possibilities are endless.Read Mark & Herta’s full story.