Once again sorry for the delay in postings. I really don’t know where the time goes. I can’t say that I’ve been doing anything terribly exciting but I have been in the midst of planning a trip which I’m about to start next week. I paid the outrageous fee and now I have a double entry visa for China. For thirty days I’ll be traveling around the Yunnan and Guangxi provinces of southern China. No real plans yet but I wanted to take my time so those are the places I’m most likely sticking to. I chose them because they’re not as expensive as other places, there’s supposed to be beautiful natural scenery in the areas, there’s supposed to be hints of old China and minority villages, and it’s close to the Vietnam border where I’ll go to next. I would’ve loved to go to Tibet but the government lockdown on the region doesn’t make it worth it.
So after my visa runs out for China I’ll scoot down to Vietnam where I’ve been before but have been aching to get back to. The plan is to buy a motorbike in Hanoi and travel around through the northern villages. Beautiful Sapa is the main draw card for most tourists but there’s apparently an even more remote place that’s supposed to be like Sapa was before it became inundated with tourist agencies and souvenir shops. More details to follow…
Originally I wanted to take the motorbike through Laos and back to Chiang Mai but it seems that this isn’t possible mainly because I’d have to agree to Thai officials to bring the bike out of Thailand which I don’t really have the time or energy to do. So I think I’ll probably sell it before I leave Hanoi. I’m still debating on how to get back after my Vietnam visa runs out but I want to be back before the lantern festival, Loi Krathong.
Apparently China censors a lot of social networking sites and I don’t know if Tumblr is one of them. Irregardless I might be too busy traveling to be able to update frequently so Ciao for now.