Places Visited

World Tour

2013

  • Trip 6:  Jan 02 — from Maafushi, Maldives day-trip (by ferry) to Male
  • Jan 02 — day-trip (by ferry) to Vilingili and back

    ...the island wasn't really as nice as locals said it was, but this was, hands-down, the cheapest ferry trip I've ever had... 18 cents (US) each way!

  • Jan 02 — by plane to Negombo, Sri Lanka; by plane (overnight) to Bangkok, Thailand

    ...back "home". ;-)

  • Jan 29 — by night-train to Vientiane, Laos

    ...another quick visa run.

  • Feb 01 — by night-train to Bangkok, Thailand
  • Feb 23 — by car to River Kwai

    ...first time back to River Kwai since the excursion from the Oriental Express in 2001. This time I stayed in a floating bungalow with the fast-moving river flowing underneath.

  • Feb 26 — by car to Bangkok
  • Mar 21 — by plane to Angeles City, Philippines
  • Apr 04 — by bus to Makati
  • Apr 06 — by plane to Puerto Princesa
  • Apr 07 — by van to El Nido

    ...my first time to visit El Nido.  Ended up getting the same sand flea bites all over my lower legs just as I did back in 2009 staying/working with an American man who lives south of Puerto Princesa.

  • Apr 12 — by van to Puerto Princesa
  • Apr 13 — by plane to Cebu City
  • Apr 23 — by plane to Manila; by bus to Angeles City
  • May 01 — by plane to Bangkok, Thailand
  • May 30 — day-trip (by car) to Poipet, Cambodia and back

    ...a day-trip visa run to the Cambodian border — or, rather, a *failed* visa run.  I *thought* I had an unused second 60-day entry on a double-entry visa for Thailand.  But, as it turns out, they only give 90 days to use both entries.  So, since the first entry uses 60 of those 90 days, that means I could only be out of the country for 29 days in order to use the second entry.  I was away for 41 days, then back in Thailand for another 30 – WAY past the 29 days I had before my second entry expired.  All-in-all, it was a *very* expensive trip to end up with only a 15-day visa-on-arrival.

  • Jun 12 — by night-train to Vientiane, Laos

    ...a proper visa run to Laos after the failed attempt to Cambodia.

  • Jun 17 — by night-train to Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sep 13 — by night-train to Vientiane, Laos

    ...yet another visa run.

  • Sep 17 — by night-train to Bangkok, Thailand
  • Oct 09 — by car to Uthai Thani
  • Oct 10 — by car to Phitsanulok
  • Oct 11 — by car to Khao Kho NP
  • Oct 12 — by car to Phu Taap Buh
  • Oct 13 — by car to Phu Soi Dao
  • Oct 14 — by car to Phrea
  • Oct 17 — by car to Nan
  • Oct 18 — by car to Bo Klua
  • Oct 19 — by car to Chiang Rai
  • Oct 21 — by car to Chiang Mai
  • Oct 25 — by car to Pai
  • Oct 27 — by car to Pang Ung
  • Oct 28 — by car to Maenajorn
  • Oct 29 — by car to Bangkok
  • Dec 13 — by night-train to Penang, Malaysia
  • Dec 17 — by night-train to Bangkok, Thailand