Asia Trip
Nov 23, 2019 Mar 11, 2020
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JFK --> Seattle
Nov 20, 2019
Seattle Airport
9:20 am
Flight out of JFK to Seattle
Alaska Airlines
1:47 pm
Land in Seattle
Yay, almost time to see Johnny!
2:00 pm
Uber to John's place
Seattle Day 2
Nov 21, 2019
Seattle Tower
Seattle Day 3
Nov 22, 2019
Seattle -> Seoul -> Bangkok
Nov 23, 2019
10:40 am
Flight - 10:40 am out of Seattle Airport
Delta Airlines
Remember, when it comes to food: boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it
3:20 pm
Layover in Seoul, South Korea
5:20 pm
Leave Seoul for Bangkok
Korean Air
Bangkok - Land
Nov 24, 2019
9:30 pm
Land in Bangkok Airport
30 Day Visa on arrival
Use the immigration office to extend 30 day Visa (500BAT/day fine if you go over visa limit)
Or, apply to the nearest Thai Embassy for a 60 day Visa
Thai Ministry Foreign Affairs website
Hotel: Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza, 95 Ram Buttri,
Follow the signs that say Airport Rail Link (taxis will overcharge you)
Buy a token to the Phayathai station (45 Baht)
From here connect to the BTS Sky train
From Phaya Thai Station, purchase ticket (16 Baht) to Soi Kolit Bus Stop Station (Airport Rail Link)
At Phaya Thai Station, find Bus Terminal 59, Sanam Luang 1
Ride for 17 stops (21 minutes)
Get off at Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon
Walk 8 minutes to hotel
11:00 pm
Check in to Hotel
Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza
Bangkok Day 1 - Temple Galore
Nov 25, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
Dress properly - wear pants and a t shirt (legs must be covered)
Breakfast at Unbranded Cafe
9:30 am
Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew [Temple of Emerald Buddha](couple min walk)
15 minute walk from hotel
Dusit Throne Hall
Amarin Winichai Hall
Inner Palace
Chakri Maha Prasat (building)
Wat Phra Kaeo (building)
Aphonphimok Pavilion (building)
Wat Phra Kaeo Museum
Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)
Get a Thai Massage in the temple's massage school!
Do 60 minute massage
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) (This I have planned for tomorrow morning, so maybe skip)
The next temple is right across Wat Pho, on the other side of the Praya Chao river. Fun fact – you’ll most likely be taking a boat to cross the river! Simply make your way Tha Thien and catch the Chao Praya River Boat Express. It will only cost you 15 Baht and runs frequently from 6 AM to  8 PM
Wat Kalayanamit (15 min walk)
Wat Kalayanamit is often overlooked by tourists, despite dominating the western bank of the Chao Phraya River with its giant temple structure. The nearby Wat Arun is much more famous and acts as a magnet, drawing the crowds away from many Thonburi attractions and temples. If you want a more tranquil, less touristy alternative, head to Wat Kalayanamit, which is particularly famous for its enormous seated golden Buddha inside the main building
12:30 pm
Shebakes Coffee Shop (cute)
Go back over the river and eat at Eat Sight Story (15 min walk)
1:30 pm
Go back to hotel
Rest
3:00 pm
Khao San Road
Backpacker's ghetto
Souvenir shops
market stalls
Restaurants
While the scene most definitely isn’t for everyone, even just a short stroll will introduce you to all the riff raff of Khao San Road (think alcohol buckets, flickering neon signs, insects for sale, and more). Don’t leave without getting a foot massage at Charlies; the absolute best after a long day of exploring Bangkok.
Ranee's Restaurant - italian supposed to be good
4:30 pm
Head back to hotel
6:30 pm
Bangkok by Night Tuk Tuk Tour: Markets, Temples & Food 
The tour will take you through some of Bangkok’s temples, some of which you might have seen during the day, but these temples are beautiful at night too, and looked completely different! This tour also doubles as your dinner plan as they’ll also take you to food markets to sample Thai delicacies and to the oh-so famous Pad Thai place. The Tuk Tuk tour will run until 10 or 11 pm
Meeting point: Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Take a car to get here (17 min)
Bangkok Day 2 - Museum Galore
Nov 26, 2019
Wat Kalayanmit
Hilton Hotel Rooftop bar/lounge (360 views of the river)
Artist's House (Baan Silapin) [200-year-old wooden house on the water’s edge, displaying paintings, clothes, masks, puppets and several statues, some of which are for sale.] Probs out of the way..
Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Wat Arun
Wat Prayoon
8:00 am
Wake up
Bring water before leaving
9:00 am
Royal Barge Museum (walk over bridge)
Bangkok National Museum (walk back over bridge) 
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (walk)
12:30 pm
Lunch at Ama
274 Maha Rat Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
1:30 pm
Walk to Chinatown
In the 1800s, there was an influx of immigration to Thailand from Southern China, who originally settled near the Chao Praya river. They were relocated to the current location due to the building of the Grand Palace.Fast forward to the present day, Chinatown is one of the most vibrant locations in all of Bangkok, where you can do some shopping at Sampang Lane, eat more street food at Yaowarat, or chill with some Chang beer at the Grand China Princess Hotel rooftop bar.
2:30 pm
Jim Thompson House Museum (this is almost an hour bus ride away)
9am-6pm
No reservation needed - 200 Baht
5:30 pm
Walk to Siam Paragon (shopping strip) 8 min walk
991 1 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
7:00 pm
Flavors - asian cuisine, sushi, seafood (Buffet)
Very very good indian restaurant - Bawarchi Indian Restaurant 
Bangkok Day 3
Nov 27, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
Eat breakfast
9:30 pm
Go to Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount) - supposed to be cool
At only 20 baht, it’d be an absolute shame to miss this spot. Note that visiting DOES in fact involve a decent amount of uphill stairs, but you’ll be greeted by a memorable panoramic view of Bangkok city from the top.
12:00 pm
Hotel Checkout
Take bus to hostel
Check in is at 2pm
Hang at the hostel for most of the day, meet people
Bangkok -> Chiang Mai
Nov 28, 2019
12:30 pm
Leave for airport
BKK Airways - Suvarnabhumi intl
3:05 pm
Flight to Chiang Mai
4:25 pm
Land in Chiang Mai
Check in to hotel - De Naga Hotel, Chiang Mai
6:00 pm
Dinner
Relax in hotel
Chiang Mai Day 1
Nov 29, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
8:30 am
Wat Chiang Man 
The city’s oldest Buddhist temple is also a fine place to start this trip. Built in 1297, the temple houses a white quartz Buddha image, a marble Buddha, and a stone inscription from the 16th century. It’s one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, and as such you’ll see the touristy side of the city early on.
9:30 am
Tapae gate
 It was part of the fortified wall that protected Chiang Mai back in the day
10:30 am
Wat Chedi Luang
About as centrally located as it gets in the Old Town. Literally the temple of the big stupa, what you see today is the combination of three smaller temples
12:00 pm
Lunch at Dada Cafe
Dada Cafe, 20/1 Ratchamanka Rd, Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand 
1:30 pm
Museum of World Insects and Natural wonders (45 min walk) / might want to get a car
72 Siri Mangkalajarn Rd, Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
2:30 pm
Nimmanhaemin road
Chiang Mai’s trendy area. The university is on the southern end, while the intersection with Huay Kaew sports the still-shiny Maya mall (pronounced ‘may-yah’). In between are plenty of coffee shops, Thai massage places, and Korean ice shavings along with plenty of artsy stores.
Consider getting off script and exploring here
Lots of cafe shops
Ristr8to 
God mother mocha
Graph cafe
The lost garden
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Rustic and blue açaí bowl
Shopping at One Nimman and Outfit of the day
Drinks at Myst
Yayee rooftop bar overlooks the mountains check out at sunset
7:00 pm
Eat dinner by Nimman road
Chiang Mai Day 2
Nov 30, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
9:30 am
Go out to Doi Suthep (there's a tour I could take -- look into more) - EDIT: booked tour
Chiang Mai’s most popular destination
45 minute car ride
Hmong Hill Tribe Village
Get your guide tour booked (had to pay for 2 ppl since there was a minimum, $60 total)
Visit the sacred temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on a 4-hour morning or afternoon tour from Chiang Mai. Climb up the mountain side for panoramic views from the stupa, and then visit the Hmong hill tribe village at Baan Doi Pui.
Visit the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on Doi Suthep mountain
12:00 pm
Lunch TBD with guide
2:00 pm
Drive back to the Old City
3:30 pm
Pick up to go to Fah Lanna Spa in the Old City
4pm appointment - they will pick you up from hotel 30 minutes before appt
90 minute Thai Massage
7:00 pm
Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar opens from 6:00 PM to midnight every day, and is the perfect place to get some dinner
You’ll find a lot of delicious food in and around the Night Bazaar, including Khao Kha Moo, a street stand famous for its pork leg and the “cowboy lady” who works at the stand everyday wearing a cowboy hat!
Mrs. Pa’s smoothie stand
Chiang Mai Day 3
Dec 1, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
8:30 am
Elephant Nature Park Full Day excursion
Ethical treatment of elephants 
Feed them bananas and sugar cane
Watch them play in the mud
Make elephant medicine
Elephant SkyWalk - Single Day Visit (they will pick you up at hotel)
Check email for receipt
4:00 pm
Come back to old city
(Booked hostel for tonight as well, can decide if you want to check out early from hotel tonight if need be)
EDIT: yes, check out of hotel and go to hostel
Bodega Chiang Mai Hostel
6:30 pm
Dinner TBD
Chiang Mai Day 4
Dec 2, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
Chiang Mai Day 5
Dec 3, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
12:00 pm
Check out and go to the common hostel
Have bodega hostel booked for this day as well (can decide to stay or leave depending on experience)
Chiang Mai --> Pai
Dec 4, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
12:30 pm
Mini bus to Pai
5:00 pm
Touch down in Pai
Pai Day 1
Dec 5, 2019
7:00 am
Wake up. Rent motorbike
7:30 am
Sai Ngam hot springs (30 min drive from hotel)
Opens at 8am
Run by the local Karen hill tribe
11:30 am
Mor Paeng Waterfall (14 min drive from first waterfall)
12:30 pm
Stop in town for lunch
2:00 pm
 Climb to the White Buddha (12 min from waterfall)
Also known as Wat Phra That Mae Yen
4:30 pm
Sunset at Pai Canyon (10 minutes from town [down south])
Pai Day 2
Dec 6, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
Check out of hotel (leave luggage in hotel)
9:30 am
Eat breakfast on bar street 
10:30 am
Get on moped!
Yun Lai Viewpoint
11:00 am
Chinatown
12:30 pm
Coffe in Lve Pai
2:00 pm
Check into hostel
Pai Day 3
Dec 7, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
8:30 am
Check out co working spaces and coffee shops
Pai Day 4
Dec 8, 2019
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Pai Day 5
Dec 9, 2019
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Pai Day 6
Dec 10, 2019
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Pai Day 7
Dec 11, 2019
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Pai Day 8
Dec 12, 2019
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Pai Day 9
Dec 13, 2019
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Pai Day 10
Dec 14, 2019
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Pai Day 11
Dec 15, 2019
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Pai Day 12
Dec 16, 2019
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Pai Day 13
Dec 17, 2019
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Pai Day 14
Dec 18, 2019
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Pai --> Chiang Mai
Dec 19, 2019
8:00 am
Road trip! Bike from Pai to Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai Day Trip: White Temple & Golden Triangle Day Trip
Dec 20, 2019
6:00 am
Wake up
PASSPORT (It is mandatory that you bring your passport on this trip)
Pickup is not available for solo travelers
6:30 am
Leave for meeting point
Meet at the local partner's office, 14 Floor 1st Ratchadamnoen Road, Soi 5, Sriphum, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200. There is a cafe named Coffee Plus (2-story yellow house) at the entrance. Please be there between 6:50 AM - 7:00 AM.Meet at the local partner's office, 14 Floor 1st Ratchadamnoen Road, Soi 5, Sriphum, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200.
10:00 am
Tour Description:
After a 07:00 AM pick-up in central Chiang Mai, depart for Chiang Rai, stopping for a short break at Mae Kachan hot springs.Visit Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple, before continuing to the Golden Triangle area. Visit Wat Phra That Chedi Luang in Chiang Saen Ancient City and see the Thailand, Laos and Myanmar borders from the Golden Triangle viewpoint.Stop for lunch before visiting the private Opium Museum, where you’ll learn the story of the opium trade and its significance. Enjoy a long-tail boat trip on the mighty Mekong River.On the way back to Chiang Mai take a break to stretch your legs in Mae Suay or Wiang Pa Pao district and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. The estimated arrival time in Chiang Mai city is 08:00 PM.
12:00 pm
Admire the beauty of the famous White Temple in Chiang RaiAdmire the beauty of the famous White Temple in Chiang Rai
Visit the Golden Triangle where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meetVisit the Golden Triangle where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet
Take a boat trip along the Mekong River and marvel at the natural sceneryTake a boat trip along the Mekong River and marvel at the natural scenery
Chiang Mai --> Bangkok --> Krabi [Visit Railay Beach]
Dec 21, 2019
6:00 am
Wake up
Thailand Island hopping!!!
10:05 am
Flight back to Bangkok
THAI Flight 103
Confirmation #UOJRFU
11:25 AM arrival
11:30 am
Arrive in Bangkok
3:35 pm
Flight to Krabi KVV
4:55 pm
Land in Krabi
Go to hostel 
SP Hostel
376/41 Moo 2 Aonang, Krabi, Krabi, Thailand
Staying in Krabi town instead of Ao Nang. Ao Nang is prob better to be at because it's right on the beach, but I picked the hostel over the hotel. We'll see how this decision plays out (Ao Nang Cliff beach resort looks awesome 🤤).
Pro tip: No one swims at Aonang Beach, everyone goes to Railay – it’s much more scenic.
Railay Beach is only accessible via 15 minute long tail boat ride due to high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access.
Rent a kayak, paddle board, or simply just lay in the sun on the powdery-soft sand.
Along the beach there are restaurants, street stalls, and smoothie stands – be sure to get a few mango smoothies and fresh coconuts :).
Railay is the most famous destination for rock climbing in southern Thailand
Railay and 4-Island Sunset Cruise with Night Snorkel
Dec 22, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
Find something to do before the tour starts - must meet down by Ao Nang beach at 12pm
12:00 pm
Railay and 4-Island Sunset Cruise with Night Snorkel
Railay Beach first stop
From Railay Beach, go to Poda Island’s white-sand beach, where you tuck into a Thai lunch buffet.
Continue to Tup Island and see the bird-shaped rock formation on Chicken Island.
Go snorkeling at Koh Sii, renowned as a top diving and snorkeling spot with excellent visibility, and colorful coral and fish.
Stop at Phra Nang beach (home to Phra Nang Cave) and eat dinner on the beach. Chance to swim in waters lit up by bioluminescent plankton.
Phi Phi Islands Full-Day Tour from Krabi
Dec 23, 2019
10:00 am
Free pickup in Burger King of Ao Nang beach for all Hotels in Ao Nang
DEPARTURE AT 10AM
11:00 pm
Full-day tour to the Phi Phi Islands from Krabi
Visit some of Thailand's most beautiful beaches Visit some of Thailand's most beautiful beaches
Admire the bright blue waters and dramatic limestone cliffs of Phi Leh Lagoon
Snorkel among native fish and coral at a hidden gem diving spot
12:00 pm
Island Itinerary
Ko Phi Phi Don (80 minutes)
Ko Phi Phi Lee (100 minutes)
Ko Phi Phi Le (80 minutes)
Monkey Beach (30 minutes)
Viking Cave (5 minutes)
Krabi: Hong Islands Day Trip by Speedboat with Lunch
Dec 24, 2019
7:00 am
Wake up
Pickup from 8am-9am
9:00 am
Starting time 9:00 am
8-9 hours
Visit the famous Hong Islands, surrounded by beautiful lagoons with crystal green emerald water
Explore the small beautiful islands of Pakbia, Rai, Lahding and Daeng
Snorkel and swim in the turquoise sea with a great variety of colorful fish
Chose the kayaking option and discover the amazing area rowing through the clear blue waters
Be picked up from your hotel in Krabi between 08:00 and 09:00 and depart for Hong Island by speedboat. Enter the lagoon through a narrow passageway, and take in the crystal clear waters, tropical islands and cliffs. 
Visit the small islands starting with Koh Pakbia and Koh Rai which contain impressive sandbars revealed at low tide. Afterwards Koh Lahding, also known as Paradise Island which has a beautiful sandy cove. Lastly, experience Daeng Island where you can spot a giant red rock and snorkel in the clear water and see the tropical fish.
Enjoy your provided boxed lunch on the beach while enjoying the marvelous view. Choose to experience the area by kayak depending on the option chosen. After the fulfilling day, arrive back at the pier at around 15:00 and be transferred back to your hotel
5:00 pm
Arrive back from tour
Krabi --> Ko Phi Phi
Dec 25, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
Check out of hostel and venture to Ko Phi Phi Island
Take a ferry from Ao Nang to Tonsai Pier (where most of the hotels and guest houses are)
Hostel: @The Pier 519, Koh Phi Phi
Beaches are okay here - ideal to stay in a resort like the Holiday Inn Resort (not your typical Holiday Inn!) and you can access a private beach which is cool and definitely more relaxing then the hostel route :)
Ko Phi Phi Full Day
Dec 26, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
11:00 am
Hike up to the famous Phi Phi Viewpoint
Other stuff
The entire island is basically one shop after the next and is great for buying clothes souvenirs
Walk around the island
Island is small and can be explored on foot
Food List
P.P. Wang Ta Fu (sushi) (3 min walk)
Efe Mediterranean Cuisine Restaurant
Only Noodles
Chill Lay Bar & Restaurant
Monster Burger
Chilli and Pepper (treehouse restaurant, book in advance!)
The only bar Phi Phi (cool view, sunset!)
Ko Phi Phi --> Krabi --> Singapore
Dec 27, 2019
9:00 am
Catch Ferry back to Krabi
Hang out at Railay Beach for the afternoon
1:00 pm
Taxi to airport
3:50 pm
Scoot Airline (owned by Singapore Air)
Flight at 3:50pm to Singapore (2 hour flight)
6:00 pm
Land in Singapore!
You can catch a taxi straight from the airport, which should cost about $25 and takes around 20 minutes if you are staying near the city center
The trains in Singapore is called Singapore Mass Rapid Transit, or MRT to locals, and is extremely clean and super efficient! You can expect the train to come within 2-5 minutes. Taking the bus is also a good option, though the waiting time for a bus varies between 8-15 minutes. If you are taking the bus, I highly recommend talking to Bus Uncle, a super fun facebook messenger chatbot which will tell you when the next bus is coming
Hotel: Clover 5 Hongkong Street
5 Hongkong Street, Clarke Quay, Singapore 059648
Singapore Day 1 - Introduction to modern day Singapore
Dec 28, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
Welcome yourself to the cultural melting pot
Singapore is a very small country, often referred to as a city-country, so small that you can cover one end to another in under two hours via car
80-91F. Humidity level is very high here at 60-90%. Def will feel the sweat!
Singapore is a multicultural country, boasting four major languages: English, Malay, Tamil, and Mandarin (And cool trivia: during National Day rally, our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addresses the nation in three of these languages: Malay and Chinese, followed by English). The national language of Singapore is officially Malay, but you can get by just fine with English.
Singapore uses Singapore Dollar (SGD)
As soon as you land in Changi Airport,  purchase a prepaid data SIM card. The price varies depending on the data included, but you shouldn’t be spending more than S$15. Alternatively, you may also purchase SIM cards at any 7/11 stores across Singapore. Just know that you’ll need to show your passport to purchase a SIM card
EZ-link card is the transportation card in Singapore and is a must if you plan to get around using public transportation.
There is an unlimited ride option for tourists called Singapore Tourist Pass for 1-3 days which you can get at any train station
But if you prefer to buy the card a la carte, simply purchase the EZ-link card for $5 and load it up with credits at any train stations
9:00 am
Breakfast at Ya Kun Kaya Toast at China street
Kaya Toast with butter and two soft boiled eggs, to be enjoyed with local coffee (or Kopi, as locals say it)
10:00 am
Gardens by the Bay
It’s a large nature park spanning across 101 hectares. There are plenty of gardens to visit. Check out Cloud Forest, which houses a diverse collection of rare plants. Gardens by the Bay is a great area to visit during the day, but come back during the night to see the Supertrees light up
Get tickets in advance online! -->https://www.getyourguide.com/singapore-l170/gardens-by-the-bay-ocbc-skyway-combo-tickets-t150089/?partner_id=ZTTLTQC 
12:00 pm
LUNCH!
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
One of Singapore’s most well-loved dish – Bak Kut Teh aka BKT aka Pork Bone soup in Teochew style of using garlic and pepper to flavor the soup. Song Fa might not be considered the best in town, but they are located very conveniently in the city so if you are just looking to try something new, then this will do
Get a bowl of Bak Kut Teh with rice and some you tiao (fried dough), boiled nuts and pickled vegetables as your side dish. PS: The broth is refillable! usually there will be a server coming around with a pot of their broth ready to fill up your bowl, but they don’t come around so it's okay to ask for more
1:00 pm
Singapore River Cruise
You will notice that the waterfront area feeds into a river called the Singapore river. This river takes you to the different “quays” (pronounced “keys”): Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and Robertson Quay. You can discover these areas by going on the River Cruise (book ticket in advance!), which will take you to the major landmarks along the river with commentaries.
2:30 pm
Museums
National Museum of Singapore - oldest museum, learn about Singapore's history (location wise do this first after river cruise)
Then do National Gallery Museum - features art across SE Asia
Art Science Museum - coolest museum, buy tickets in advance
6:00 pm
See the city from above - Marina Bay Sands (the famous hotel with the infinity pool)
Buy ticket in advance to avoid long lines
Another great view is by going to Level 33
From this brewery, you can see every iconic landmark – The Merlion, Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. It makes for a really good photo! Beer isn't any good htough
7:30 pm
Dinner at a Hawker Center: Lau Pa Sat or Makansutra Gluttons Baya
Bring cash. To locals, these two might not be the most authentic hawker center but they are conveniently located. Food is still really good. It might be slightly more expensive than normal hawker center, but difference is by $1-2 per dish. Recommended to try the the basic Singaporean hawker fare – Carrot cake (not the cake dessert), Hokkien Mee, and Char Kway Teow.
8:30 pm
At night: Walk around the Waterfront Promenade area (15 min walk from dinner place)
If you are here at night, you can also enjoy Spectra, the light show at Marina Bay Sands. The best place to see this light show is at One Fullerton, near where the Merlion is
Singapore Day 2 : Explore Singapore Heritage Area
Dec 29, 2019
8:00 am
Put walking shoes on
Bring umbrella
Lots of time outdoors
9:00 am
Breakfast and Morning stroll at Hipster Tiong Bahru
Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest estates in Singapore. Here, you will witness how the heritage side of Singapore mingles together with its modern residents. In Tiong Bahru, you can still find some of the oldest government-subsidized apartment, which only goes up to 3-4 stories in this estate (stark comparison to the newer high rise apartments that goes up to 40 stories!). Despite being an old estate, Tiong Bahru received a major revival in the 2010s. In 2014, Tiong Bahru earned its credibility by being named as one of the world’s coolest neighborhood by Vogue.
Take the time to walk around the Tiong Bahru neighborhood, which spans from Eng Hoon street to Yong Siak Street. You’ll find chic cafes, bookshops and local brands intermingled with traditional shops and older buildings
For breakfast, you can either get your fill of modern brunch at one of the cafes (I recommend Forty Hands or Tiong Bahru Bakery for their to-die-for Kouign Amman) or head over to Tiong Bahru Market for local breakfast. Please have cash ready if you are going to the market!
10:30 am
Explore Chinatown
Chinatown is part of the heritage area in Singapore and is a preserved area
Explore Telok Ayer, there is an MRT that will take you straight here with the aptly named Telok Ayer MRT station
Telok Ayer means “Water Bay” in Malay --> this area was the beach before Singapore started reclaiming land and expanding the island 
On Telok Ayer street, you can Thian Hock Keng temple, the oldest Hokkien temple in the country. While exploring the temple stop by Peranakan Tile shop inside the temple to see the various tile designs.
11:30 am
Walk past Ann Siang hill and go to Chinatown complex, marked by the colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
This area used to be the settlement area for Chinese immigrants, nowadays it’s a bustling area filled with shops, restaurants and night market.
12:30 pm
Lunch: Maxwell Food Center
Maxwell food center is famous for housing some of the best hawker food in Singapore. Try to find Tian Tian Chicken Rice stall, usually marked by a long queue of patrons. A plate of hainanese chicken rice (applauded by the late Anthony Bourdain for its fragrant rice) will cost you less than $5.
1:30 pm
After lunch walk to Kreta Ayer Road and Keong Saik Road
More colorful shophouses
You can then continue on to Keong Saik Road, an area that was once a prominent red light district, but has now turned into a hip area filled with bars and boutique hotels, housed in the colorful shophouses. Nearby Keong Saik road, you can board the train from Outram Park MRT to the next destination
2:00 pm
From Bugis MRT, make your way to Haji Lane, a short narrow alley where you will find colorful murals, coffee shops and fashion boutiques from local brands. Right next to it is Arab Street where you will find middle eastern food and Sultan Mosque, a prominent and important mosque for the muslim community in Singapore.
Little India
From Kampong Glam area, it’s just a short walk to Little India
Make your way down Serangoon road – there are tons to explore here
Towards the end of the road closer to Farrer Park MRT, you can also visit Mustafa Center for the craziest shopping experience
6:00 pm
Dinner: Indian Food
Already in Little India
Go to Khansama Tandoori - Punjabi cuisine famous for the grilled meat dishes
7:30 pm
Go back to hotel
Singapore Day 3 - East to West of Singapore
Dec 30, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
9:00 am
Drive to Joo Chiat area
Walk along Tembeling Road and Koon Seng Road 
The ones in Joo Chiat and Katong area are considered the most beautiful in Singapore
While in the area, also stop by the colorful Rumah Bebe to discover more of the Peranakan culture
12:00 pm
Lunch at Katong Laksa
Laksa is a considered Peranakan cuisine – it’s a rice noodle soup dish made from spicy coconut milk broth base and variety of seafood. In Katong Laksa, the noodles are cut up so you don’t need to bother picking up slippery rice noodles – just use a spoon! If you’d like to try a bowl, you can head to 328 Katong Laksa, the restaurant that beat Gordon Ramsay in a cooking competition.
1:00 pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens
UNESCO World Heritage site
Garden was found in 1859, making it 106 years older than Singapore
See the National Orchid Garden
Over 100 species of orchids!
2:00 pm
Orchard Road
Singapore’s biggest shopping street
6:00 pm
Dinner - pick a place!
Yan Kee Noodle House - Get the specialty dry meesua from the stall in the middle and marvel at the delicious perfectly textured noodles, all for $4
This blog https://girleatworld.net/favorite-singapore-restaurants/ for places to eat
7:30 pm
Back to hotel
Singapore Day 4
Dec 31, 2019
8:00 am
Wake up
11:00 am
Check out of hotel
Go to hostel: Dream Lodge Singapore
Spend New Years in Hostel instead of hotel to try and meet people
172 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore, Singapore
Singapore --> Ubud, Bali
Jan 1, 2020
10:00 am
Wake up
Hang around, eat breakfast, flight to Bali later today
Leave around 12:30pm-1pm
12:30 pm
Leave for Singapore Airport
3:20 pm
Flight out to Ubud, Bali
Scoot Airline, out of Singapore Changi Airport
7:00 pm
Check into hotel
Sapodilla Ubud (pay at check in)
Bali Day 1 - East Bali
Jan 2, 2020
4:00 am
Airbnb Experience Bali Private Tour
https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/611889?location=Bali, Indonesia&source=p2
4:30 am
Driver pickup at hotel
7:30 am
Lempuyang Temple
Oldest and most highly regarded temple in all of Bali
Must be respectful! Need to rend a sarong to wear, must cover shoulders
Hindu Temple
Gates of Heaven
Views of Agung Volcano
Comprised of 7 different temples, lots of steps
Reflection is fake but has a long line - tour guide can stay on line for you
10:30 am
Taman Tirta Gangga (water palace)
Former royal palace
Tiered fountains
Stone sculptures of mythical creatures
Stepping stones to walk on water, fish (buy some fish food)
12:00 pm
Tukad Cepung Waterfall OR Tibumana Waterfall
Bathing suit - waterfall time!
1:00 pm
Pura Tita Empul (water temple)
largest and busiest water temples in all of Indonesia
Be respectful and wear a sarong
Watching Hindu devotees purify themselves in a bathing ritual
Visitors can bathe as well but only supposed to do so if you are a believer in Hinduism (need to be dressed from head to toe to do this - I would just skip this and watch those that do it)
2:30 pm
Head back to hotel
3:30 pm
Set up Balinese massage
6:00 pm
Dinner TBD
Bali Day 2 - North Bali
Jan 3, 2020
6:30 am
Airbnb Experience Bali Private Tour (again)
https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/611889?location=Bali, Indonesia&source=p2
7:00 am
Pick up from hotel
7:30 am
Tegalalang rice terraces
Rice terraces
Major attraction in Ubud
Very scenic
Famous Bali Swing
Costs $15
9:30 am
Lake Beratan Temple Tour (Ulun Danu)
Jl. Pakisaji No.6 No 27, Sumerta Kelod, East Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali 80235, Indonesia
Located on an island completely surrounded by water
Can take a boat out and view the temple directly from the water
Lake is considered holy and you cannot swim in it
1:00 pm
Bali Handara Gate (3 hour drive)
It’s a gate 
A gigantic, exotic looking traditional Balinese gate
The gate is an entrance to a golf course!
2:00 pm
Banyumala Twin Waterfalls (15-20 min)
Worth it to go down and take a dip
3:00 pm
Wanagiri Hidden Hills
In the area, might as well make a stop
3:30 pm
Note: if traffic is bad, here are some alternatives
Waterfall trek Leke-Leke
4:00 pm
Head back to hotel
7:00 pm
Shuttle into town and eat dinner at Hujan Locale for some Indonesia food
7 min drive from hotel
Bali Day 3: Ubud
Jan 4, 2020
8:00 am
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Some ground rules
Leave accessories behind (sunglasses, hat)
If a monkey takes something, do not attempt to get it back (they will bite if they fell threatened)
Don't feed the monkeys
Do not make eye contact
10:30 am
Pit stop at Habitat Cafe
11:00 am
Ubud Traditional Art Market
Anything to buy in Ubud will be found here
12:30 pm
Lunch at Locavore
Meat sandwhiches
Acai Queen
Acai bowls
Frozen Yogi
Dessert
1:30 pm
Saraswati Lotus Temple, Ubud Centre
Stop by for a few minutes, take some pictures (shouldn't be longer than that)
2:00 pm
Get out of Ubud and go to Campuhan Ridge Walk
Ubud's best known trek
Hill views
More of a walk then a hike
5:30 pm
Eat dinner at The Sayan House (35 minute walk from Ridge walk)
Supposed to be really good!
Check out of hotel and into hostel nearby
Jan 5, 2020
8:00 am
Check out of hotel
Go to hostel
1:00 pm
Karsa Spa - Balinesian massage
Ubud --> Gili T
Jan 6, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
10:30 am
The yoga barn
Check out meditation stuff
Desa Seni Resort - another yoga studio that offers meditation classes
Gili T Day 2
Jan 7, 2020
8:00 am
Open Water Diving Cert from Gili Divers
Gili T Day 3
Jan 8, 2020
8:00 am
Diving Cert
Gili T Day 4
Jan 9, 2020
8:00 am
Diving Cert
Gili T Day 5
Jan 10, 2020
8:00 am
Open Day
Gili T Day 6
Jan 11, 2020
8:00 am
Open Day
Gili T Day 7
Jan 12, 2020
8:00 am
Open Day
Gili T --> Canggu
Jan 13, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
10:30 am
Organize car to take to Canggu
45-50 minute drive (check with hostel about this)
Canggu is a hip, trendy surf town, with  boutiques and colorful cafes. Plan on hanging here for 2 weeks
Hipster out here
12:00 pm
Check in to hostel
Lay Day Surf Hostel
Jalan Batu Mejan 14B, Padang Linjong, Canggu, Indonesia
Pay rest of stay at hostel
1:00 pm
Hang out Batu Bolong Road
Lunch at The Loft
Ice Cream at  Mad Pops
2:30 pm
Explore Love Anchor Canggu (a flea market type area with tons of stalls)
Shopping in local boutiques and surf shops
5:00 pm
The Lawn for a drink
Beach lounge
Pool
6:30 pm
Head to Fishbone Local for dinner (right near The Lawn)
Good fish tacos
Canggu Day 1
Jan 14, 2020
Surfer's paradise!
More surfing!
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
10:30 am
Learn to Surf!
Canggu, and especially Batu Bolong, make it insanely easy to learn how to surf.  The “breaks” (the things that make the flowing water turn into beautiful, surfable waves) are very beginner friendly, surfboards of all sizes are available to rent for about $3.50 USD for 2 hours, and if you’re not comfortable just jumping in the water to learn, coaching by a knowledgeable instructor and surf guide runs $20-$25 for two hours, which is insanely cheap compared to everywhere else in the world.My adventure began with just showing up, renting the longest board available, and paddling out, trying not to drown in the process.  I’m so glad I did.  Now, I make it a point to go out whenever the waves are at their tallest.If you’re coming to Bali but don’t have the time, funds, or desire for a surf camp, read the article: Learn to Surf for $100 for a guide on how to teach yourself to surf by just showing up and renting a board.If you need a little coaching, head to Batu Bolong Beach, specifically the parking lot in front of Old Man’s Bar, and you’ll find tons of surf shacks with knowledgeable coaches ready to help.
2:30 pm
Coffee scene!
Thanks to the clear hipster DNA in Canggu, the coffee scene is on point.  Strong enough that even an Italian would be satisfied with the coffee delivered at most of the Canggu cafes.  So, the trick isn’t finding good coffee, its about finding good coffee with an ambiance, a view, and food that suits you.Here are 6 great Coffee Shops in Canggu to Get you started:Canteen Café: Does coffees (Cappucino, Flat White, etc.) with coconut milk amazingly, and serves excellent brunch, in Cangg FieldsHungry Bird Café: Hidden away, but has an excellent ambiance perfect for workingRuko: Open early, so you can have coffee before your morning session, near Berawa beachNude Café: A low key spot that serves coffee well, but also does everything from brunch to vegan, to afternoon snacksToosi: A coffee stand near Berawa beach started and owned by local coffee addicts that are great to chat with. Perfect for a to go coffee on the way to (or from) Berawa Beach.Vida Café: Good coffee and an amazing interior (with trees growing in it), near Batu Bolong Beach
4:00 pm
Smoothie bowl scene!
Explore the Smoothie Bowl sceneIf you’ve never heard of a smoothie bowl, prepare to be scarred for life.  Imagine a concoction of blended and frozen tropical fruits like dragon fruit and perfectly ripened mangos frozen and blended to the consistency of ice cream, poured into a hollowed out coconut, and topped with granola, seeds, and more perfectly ripened fruits.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get a few teaspoons of pure local honey too that is oddly so perfect you can taste the fruit that the bees hung out on.  That is a smoothie bowl, and you need to have one.  For about $3 to $4 USD a piece, they’re probably the healthiest addiction you could pick up on your travels. Some places in Canggu make a perfect smoothie bowl, and some places make a great smoothie wrapped in the perfect ambiance.  I’ll let you figure out which is which.To get started on your smoothie bowl addiction, head for these 5 great smoothie bowl purveyors:Sparkle: An unassuming restaurant with a dive theme and fish tanks for tables.  Super cool.  Aim for the “Divemaster” smoothie bowl or the “Rescue” smoothie bowl.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointedLa Casita: A Peruvian restaurant that serves much more than smoothie bowls, but the smoothie bowl is why I go.  The rice field backdrop doesn’t hurt either.Kokoloko beach shack: This place keeps popping up for a reason.  Simple. Relaxed.  Perfect sunsets. Aim for the “Dragon Bowl” or the “Kokoloko Bowl” topped off with a cold coconut to sip on.District Canggu: Part café, part co-working space, 100% amazing backdrop.  Get the smoothie bowl and ask to check out the view from the third floor…it’ll make you realize you’re on vacation.
5:30 pm
Rent a scooter for the 2 weeks! Reminds me of Pai can’t wait!
6:30 pm
Beach shack scene!
Hit the beach shack scene for a cold coconut (instead of the beach club scene)All along Berawa beach, past Finn’s beach club, there is a vibe that says “we’re in paradise and we need nothing else” and the beach shacks epitomize that vibe.  Show up, grab a coconut, and relax.  To find it, navigate to Kokoloko on Berawa Beach, walk to the beach, and pick one of the 10 beach shack options find your little bit of paradise. 
7:00 pm
Canggu bars!!
f you’re in Canggu you’re either on vacation or in the right mindset…and that deserves some time at the bars with good drinks and good music…and Bali has plenty of both After 10pm, find your way across “the Shortcut” and move closer to Batu Bolong beach where the life continues into the night. These 5 bars should get you started and into the Canggu nightlifeOld Man’s Bar: Start here during the 5pm to 6pm happy hour when all drinks are 2 for 1The Lawn: Move here for a great view of the ocean from beanbags, beach beds, or the infinity poolDeus Ex  Machina: A solid restaurant wrapped around a motorcycle showroom with a music/performance venue in the back.  When this place closes, follow the crowd to…well…you’ll see…Pretty Poison: A skate bar that centers around an empty concrete swimming pool where skateboarders bring everything they’ve got, to the music and for the crowdTugu Hotel rooftop: Perfect for when you’re ready to start “adulting”.  Cocktails on Canggu’s first upscale hotel are a solid way to start the night.
8:30 pm
Outside of Canggu for nightlife 
If you’re really craving a Vegas/Prague level party you’ll want to get out of Canggu and into Kuta and Seminyek.  Aim for these reliable spots.  If they’re not jumpin’, nothing is.La Favela: I got lost here its so big. So many rooms. Soooooo many rooms!Skygarden: All you can eat restaurant from 5pm to 9pm, 5 room club from 9pm to sunrise.Potatohead Beach Club: Swanky and beachfront with a very Vegas by the sea vibeJust hop a Go-Jek down for about $5 and you can experience the best that Kuta and Semenyek have to offer while still returning to the beachy paradise of Canggu
Canggu Day 2
Jan 15, 2020
Cool surfers
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
10:30 am
Boutique shopping!
Along the three main streets in Canggu, Jolan Pantai Berawa near Berawa Beach, Jolan Pantai Batu Bolong near Batu Bolong, and Jolan Bat Mejan in the Canggu fields, there are plenty of boutique shops selling everything from custom sunglasses, to shirts and swimsuits, to natural and organic goods, to everything else you can think of.If you’re a shopper, and want something besides the malls and craziness of Kuta and Semenyek, head over to these three strips for some good boutique wandering:Near Batu Bolong Beach: Start at Organic Café, right next to the Pit Stop burger joint, and walk straight down Jolan Pantai Bau Bolong ending at Batu Bolong Beach.  Along the way you’ll pass plenty of boutique stores, restaurants, and you just might be rewarded with a beachy sunset at the endIn “New Canggu” near Berawa Beach: Start around Bangkok Hustle restaurant and walk towards Berawa Beach.  Along the way you’ll pass plenty of boutique restaurants, coffee shops, and rice fields.  You may want to detour down “New Canggu’s” main drag (Pantai Berawa) to stop at one of its great restaurants.
1:30 pm
CrossFit and beach workouts!
Get fit with Yoga & Beach Crossfit workoutsJust because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to get soft.  Take on your choice of fitness style to start the day with a boost:Yoga Studios: Plenty of yoga studios dot Canggu, but start your search at “The Practice Yoga” near Batu Bolong Beach or at Odyssey MVMT for morning yoga overlooking the rice fields on the shortcut between Batu Balong and BerawaBootcamp on the Beach: Fitness Boot Camps abound in Canggu, but the best (in my opinion) are on the beach…because how often do you get to get a workout on a beach paradise?  Join a beach session with calisthenics, kettlebells, weights, and (productive) pain to start your morning right and keep your goals on track with the 2BEFIT beach bootcamps.  Beach sessions go down at Batu Bolong Beach – 7:00-8:00 AM | Monday, Wednesday, and FridayHit a Gym for a Crossfit Class: Crossfit classes are much cheaper here in the US and a month of access will set you back about $100 USD.  My gym of choice was S2S Crossfit, located on Jolan Pantai Berawa next to the shortcut Surf…everyday: I am quite possibly in the best shape of my life right now.  It might be the happiness…but it is probably the surfing every other day.  If you hate gyms, just go grab a surfboard and have some fun.For all of the best fitness options in Canggu, and full details on the ones above, checkout the Canggu gyms info and list in How to hit the gym, Canggu style
Canggu Day 3
Jan 16, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Canggu Day 4
Jan 17, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Canggu Day 5
Jan 18, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Canggu Day 6
Jan 19, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Canggu Day 7
Jan 20, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Canggu Day 8
Jan 21, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Canggu Day 9
Jan 22, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Canggu Day 10
Jan 23, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Canggu Day 11
Jan 24, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Canggu Day 12
Jan 25, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Canggu Day 13
Jan 26, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Bali --> Ho Chi Minh City
Jan 27, 2020
8:00 am
Off to Ho Chi Minh City
45 minutes to airport - plan accordingly
2:05pm flight to HCMC
11:15 am
Leave for airport
Vietjet Airline · VJ894                                             
2:05 pm
Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
5:00 pm
Land in HCMC
Check in to overnight hostel (tomorrow checking in to hotel)
The hideout
Check out of Hideout hostel and check into Chill Suites Hotel
Jan 28, 2020
10:00 am
Check 
11:30 am
Sightsee today (tours booked tomorrow and thurs)
Hanoi is mostly Vietnamese food, so use HCMC to get pizza or Indian food throughout the day
12:00 pm
Go to Cho Benh Thanh Market
2:30 pm
 Air 360 rooftop later in the day
Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Tour
Jan 29, 2020
7:00 am
Hotel Pickup
Morning Tour begins at 8am (finishes at 2:30pm)
Learn more about the Cu Chi tunnel from a professional tour guide
Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role in the anti-American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for its 220 kilometer-long tunnel system and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreigners to visit.
The peacefully rural rice paddy scenery is home to ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers along the side of road. 
Enjoy the peaceful scenery surrounding Ho Chi Minh City
Explore the tunnel system used during the war
2:30 pm
Back at hotel
Mekong Delta Tour W/ Row-Boat, Kayak & Small Floating Market - CANCELED BECAUSE OF TRAFFIC
Jan 30, 2020
7:00 am
Tour starts at 7:45 am
Hotel pickup available in District 1
Tour ends at 5pm
^^ unfortunately got canceled due to bad traffic 
7:45 am
Depart Ho Chi Minh City and relax on the 2-hour journey to Cai Be, where you will explore the local culture of the Mekong Delta.
Take a boat cruise along the Mekong River and pass a floating market.
Disembark to visit the craft village and see how local products are made.
Visit orchards of local fruit, such as durian, rambutan and longan, and refresh yourself with a hot tea and taste the fruits as you are entertained by a live music presentation.
Take part in a cooking class and prepare your own lunch
Explore the delta by kayak and bike before the return trip to Ho Chi Minh City
5:30 pm
Back at hotel
Ho Chi Minh --> Hoi An
Jan 31, 2020
6:30 am
Leave for airport
9:40 am
Flight to Hoi An
VietJet
12:30 pm
Go to hostel
Tribee Bana Hostel, Hoi An
1:00 pm
Hoi An is one of the prettiest cities in Vietnam!  As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town is the perfect place to visit to see a side by side of new and old,  French, Chinese and Japanese influences
Explore old/historic buildings
Hipster cafes and restaurants
Hoi An is renowned for its affordable and high-quality tailoring.  It’s a great idea to bring along anything you want to get altered, or if you have something you love they’ll be able to replicate it for you!
2:30 pm
Japanese Covered Bridge
Land mark in the center of old town
3:00 pm
Banh Mi Sandwhich
When the French colonised Vietnam they brought baguettes with them
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Eat at Banh Mi Phuong in Old Town
4:00 pm
Markets lining the streets in Old Town
Vietnamese markets are mental and can be found basically anywhere you go in the country
Perfect opportunity to hone your bartering skills and pick up some souvenirs or new clothing
Buy a lantern - if you explore the back streets you’ll find hidden shops where locals hand-paint far more beautiful lanterns.  They are more expensive, but the prices reflect the time and skill that went into them.
4:30 pm
Old House Tan Ky
Tan Ky House is a beautiful old house that combines Chinese and Japanese influences into the decorations and architecture. Over 150 years old
5:00 pm
Yaly Couture tailor!
Higher quality garments
They will take all your measurements, allow you to choose the fabric and can tailor practically anything from a photo
6:00 pm
Boat ride down the river: Thu Bon River (doing this with the tour tomorrow mor
Hoi An Day 1
Feb 1, 2020
8:15 am
From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class
Certified by GetYourGuideExperience everyday rural life in Vietnam on an eco tour from Hoi An. Visit a local market, cruise down the Thu Bon River and take part in a hands-on cooking class.
Meeting point: 05-07 Hoàng Diệu, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Việt Nam
Email hoianecococonutt@gmail.com to see if can pick up at hostel
1:45 pm
Vy’s Market Restaurant and Cooking School in the Old Town 
Hoi An Day 2
Feb 2, 2020
8:00 am
Coffee shops and chill
Hoi An --> Hanoi
Feb 3, 2020
8:00 am
Leave for airport
2:55 pm
Flight to Hanoi
Vietjet airline
4:00 pm
Land in Hanoi
Go to hostel
Luxury Backpackers Hostel
56 Ngo Huyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Halong Serenity Cruises- Halong and LanHa Bay
Feb 4, 2020
8:00 am
Pick up from Serenity
This was a more expensive tour, can always cancel by end of January and choose the castaway tour if change your mind
They will pick you up at hotel! Be ready anywhere from 8:25am to 8:45am!!!
Make sure to check out of hostel
8:15 am
8:15 am pickup
Halong Bay Last Day --> Hanoi
Feb 5, 2020
8:00 am
Emerald waters and limestone islands
UNESCO World Heritage Site
4:30 pm
Check in to Hanoi Vietnam Backpacker Hostel
9 Ma May, Hoan Kiem
Hanoi Day 1
Feb 6, 2020
8:00 am
Breakfast - morning bowl of pho
Hanoi's favorite breakfast food
9:00 am
Wander around Old Quarter and North Hoan Kiem
Dodge them scooters!
Vietnamese love their coffee, and there is no lack of coffee shops offering up many java varieties
11:30 am
Hoan Kiem Lake
Turtle Tower
Ngoc Son Temple
12:30 pm
Lunch TBD
Places around St. Joseph's Cathedral
BUN CHA: Make sure to try Bun Cha. Bun Cha is served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of white rice noodles and herbs with a side of dipping sauce.  It’s not too common to find this dish outside of Hanoi
Street food - go to local vendors where you see other locals 
Make sure soup is boiling hot to kill the bacteria
1:30 pm
Vietnamese Women's Museum
1:30 pm
French quarter
Meander the streets
Press Club terrace
road side Tadioto
2:30 pm
Beer corner
A street full of bars
5:30 pm
Grab dinner TBD
Catch a water puppet show after in the Old Quarter
Hanoi Day 2
Feb 7, 2020
9:00 am
Ba Dinh Square
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
One Pillar Pagoda
Military History Museum
Flag Tower
Lenin Park
12:30 am
Koto for lunch
1:30 am
West Lake (15 min drive)
Pretty lake with a beautiful pagoda and temple 
Hanoi --> Ha Giang Loop
Feb 8, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
Check out of hostel
Hà Giang, the provincial capital is a province in the Northeast region of Vietnam, is connected by Highway 2 and is 320 km away from Hanoi, it is located in the far north of the country, and contains Vietnam's northernmost point. It shares a 270 km long border with Yunnan province of southern China, and thus is known as Vietnam's final frontier. 
9:30 am bus! First come first serve
Email or call to determine where to go
Hanoi office: 9B Cho Gao str, Hang Buom ward, Hoan Kiem dis, Ha Noi
9:30 am
Hanoi SSB-Ha Giang SSB, 08 Feb 2020, 09:30 (Arrival 15:30)
Add.: No. 16 Hang Chinh Street, Hanoi, Vietnam. THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL OFFICE OF GROUPTOUR! 
Van 9-seat Hanoi - Ha Long/Tuan Chau/Ninh Binh/Ha Giang: You may request to be dropped off nearest to your hotel in Tuan Chau, Ha Long, Ninh Binh, Ha Giang; request can be made directly at their office before boarding or by contacting Grouptour (84) 94 736 8812 or grouptour.vn@gmail.com
Grouptour's office in Hanoi doesn't open until 8:30 am. For trips earlier than that please expect that their staff will pick you up at the office address. VIP Van service means either VIP 9 seats or VIP 12 seats, both offer equal quality. 
Van (9/12seats) Hanoi - Sapa/Ha Giang (and return), Grouptour provides free pick-up and drop-off service in ancient town area Hanoi (the Old Quarter); Sapa urban area and Ha Giang downtown. To use the service, please contact (84) 94 736 8812 or grouptour.vn@gmail.com and provide your address. Free pick-up/drop-off service isn't applied for Semi-sleeper bus. 12Go does not arrange this service.
You may either print or show the voucher on your smartphone/tablet, and make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure.
4:00 pm
Land in Ha Giang
Check in to Mama's hostel
Figure out how to get here
5:30 pm
Get bike setup from Mama's hostel 
Semi automatic / manual is best
Over 150 CC
Ha Giang Loop
Feb 9, 2020
8:00 am
Enjoy the ride!
Ha Giang Loop
Feb 10, 2020
8:00 am
Enjoy the ride!
Ha Giang Loop
Feb 11, 2020
8:00 am
Enjoy the ride!
Ha Giang Loop
Feb 12, 2020
8:00 am
Enjoy the ride!
Back to Hanoi --> Hanoi Backpackers Hostel
Feb 13, 2020
6:00 am
Wake up
7:00 am bus back to Hanoi
Ha Giang office : 55 Minh Khai str, Ha Giang Town, Viet Nam
Cat Ba Office : 204 1/4 str, Cat Ba Town
7:00 am
You are going Ha Giang GoodmorningCB-Hanoi Good Morning CB, 13 Feb 2020, 07:00 (Arrival 13:20)
4:30 pm
Check into Hanoi Vietnam Backpacker Hostel
9 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Hanoi --> Manilla --> Cebu
Feb 14, 2020
4:45 am
Leave for airport
5:45 am
Arrive at airport
8:15 am
Flight out to Manila, Phillipines 
8:15 am flight
Cebu Pacific Airlines
1:00 pm
Land in Manila 1pm 
3:35 pm
Manila to Cebu flight
3:35 pm flight
Air Asia airlines
6:00 pm
Land in Cebu
Go to Mad Monkey hostel (45 min drive)
Cebu Day 1
Feb 15, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
9:30 am
Explore Cebu City
2nd largest city after Manila
Nicknames the Queen city of the South
10:00 am
Cebu City Tour
Unique blend of Chinese and Hispanic influences
Architecture, local arts, foods, etc
Basilica of the Holy Child 
Christian influence
Metropolitan Cathedral
Christian influence
Taoist Temple
Chinese influence
Cebu Day 2
Feb 16, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
9:30 am
Day trip to Bohol 
Ferry from Cebu City to Tagbilaran City, Bohol
11:00 am
Rent a motorbike from the start
Walk out of the docking area, find a local who will let us ride their bike for cheap because drivers near the dock will give you ridiculously high fare
250 PHP ($5 USD)
12:00 pm
Eat at Garden Cafe (deaf inclusion)
1:30 pm
Chocolate Hills
1 hour 15 minute drive
Famous tourist attraction of Bohol. Declared the country’s third National Geological Monument and proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List
2:30 pm
Bilar Man-Made Forest
45 min drive
On the way to the Bamboo Bridge
2 km stretch of mahogany trees
2:45 pm
Bamboo Bridge
10 min drive
Sipatan Twin Hanging Bridge, Loboc, Bohol, Philippines
3:30 pm
The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
Turn around and drive 25 minutes back
Tarsiers are so delicate they will commit suicide if they become too stressed
5:30 pm
Alona Beach to hang out and grab dinner
1 hour and 20 minute drive
7:00 pm
Drive back to Tagbilaran City
~ 40 min drive
8:00 pm
Ferry back to Cebu City!
Cebu Day 3
Feb 17, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
Check out of Mad Monkey
9:00 am
TAXI to Moalboal
~2 hours
Extremely rich and diverse marine ecosystem
Sardine Run Dive
Large shoal attracts all sorts of marine mammals who feed off it, so expect to see many different animals!
Panagsama Beach is full of dive centers with a variety of options
Get to Panagsama Beach
Check into Pig Dive Hostel
11:30 am
Grab lunch before diving
Check out a local Dive shop!
Savedra Dive Center
3:30 pm
Drive to Kawasan Falls
45 min drive from Panagsma Beach
We can decide if we want to go here
4:00 pm
In order to do Oseman Peak we'd have to stay overnight and book a tour the next day
Kawasan Falls may be our last stop (discuss)
Cebu Day 4
Feb 18, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
9:30 am
Hike up Oseman Peak tour
12:00 pm
Lunch
2:30 pm
Head back to Cebu City
Cebu City --> Puerto Princessa
Feb 19, 2020
7:00 am
Wake up
7:30 am
Drive to airport
~ 30-45 min drive
10:20 am
Flight to Puerto Princessa - Palawan (PPS)
Air asia
11:30 am
Land in Puerto Princessa
Puerto Princesa is located in the center of Palawan and this is where most people fly to when heading to El Nido
Take van instead of bus
5-6 hour drive
6:00 pm
Land in El Nido
Hostel TBD
El Nido Day 1
Feb 20, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
10:00 am
Island hopping tour
Tour A and Tour C recommended (if only 1 choose Tour A)
5:00 pm
Le Boat (look into)
El Nido Day 2
Feb 21, 2020
8:00 am
Hike Taraw Peak
Determine if you want to wake before sunrise!
~ 2 hour hike (1.5 hours to get up)
12:00 pm
No planned itinerary
Coffee shops and chill
El Nido --> Coron
Feb 22, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
8:30 am
Go up to Coron (3 hour ferry)
Ship wreck diving
Coron divers - dive shop
12:00 pm
Lunch in Coron
12:30 pm
Coron divers shop
4:00 pm
Coron Bay
7:30 pm
Eat dinner
Head back to El Nido
Look up ferry
El Nido Day 3
Feb 23, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
El Nido Day 4
Feb 24, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
El Nido Day 5
Feb 25, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Puerto Princessa --> Manilla
Feb 26, 2020
9:00 am
Leave for Puerto Princessa
Van - 6 hour drive
7:15 pm
Flight to Manilla
Air Asia
Manilla --> Taipei
Feb 27, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
4:55 pm
Flight to Taipei
Air Asia
6:55 pm
Land in Taipei (90 day visa for US citizens)
The MRT (subway) system is clean, efficient and cost-effective
Buy a ticket that will cover 2 days in Taipei, as we’ll be venturing out of the city on day 3.
8:00 pm
Iconic Food Tour (starts at 4pm will just miss, do for next Wed)
Small-group tour, spend about four hours exploring Xinyi, Taipei’s most cosmopolitan district, while noshing on food from at least 12 different restaurants, market stalls, and food carts.
https://taipeieats.com/xinyi/  ==> need to book
Departs Wed & Fri from 16:00-20:00 (All year);
Starts at Yongchun MRT; Ends in Eastern district near Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT.
Eat xiao long bao at din tai fung
Din Tai Fung is probably the most popular dim sum restaurant in Asia
Taipei Day 1: Temples and Food
Feb 28, 2020
6:00 am
Wake up
7:00 am
Longshan Temple
One of Taiwan’s best-known sites of worship
Taipei’s most famous and important temple
Get here between 6am-7am or 7am-8am to make the Buddhist chanting ceremony
Light Lunch or a wander at Ximen (Ximending), the “Harajuku of Taipei”
Taiwan was occupied by the Japanese between 1895-1945 (can still be felt today). Ximending is known as the “Harajuku of Taipei” because like Harajuke st in Tokyo, it’s a place where young people flock to showcase the latest fashion trends
Wonder around the streets
7:45 am
Herb Alley (next to the temple)
A typical Taiwanese breakfast at Yonghe Four Seas Soy Milk King (永和四海豆漿大王—萬華店) nearby
9:30 pm
After a morning of exploring if you get hungry,  Ximen is full of street food and trendy restaurants – try Lao Wang Ji Beef Noodles
9:45 am
Take the MRT to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei’s most iconic historical structure, dedicated to the former dictator the man himself
Changing of the guard occurs on the hour every hour
Snacks on Dongman Street/Yongkan Street
If hungry, Yongkan Street is considered one of the best foodie destinations in the world! Tian Jin Onion Pancake for a flaky, chewy scallion pancake
Noodles - Yongkang Beef Noodles for tender, Sichuan-braised Australian beef
 Din Tai Fung - world renowned
1:15 pm
Sun-Yat Sen Memorial Hall
Sun-Yat Sen, the founder of modern China
Exhibitions about his life and revolutionary accomplishments
4:30 pm
 Elephant Mountain and hike for a view of Taipei 101 and the city (lead up to sunset)
Takes 15-20 minutes, lots of stairs
Head to Taipei 101
Sunset view of the city
There are indoor observation decks on the 88th and 89th floor and on 91st floor there's an outdoor deck
6:30 pm
Night market tour!
Only on Tuesdays and Saturdays
Too far in advance to book (book closer to date)
https://taipeieats.com/yansan/
Tonghua (Linjiang Street) Night Market for dinner (required!)
Tonghua Night market is favored by locals rather than tourists and is a mecca of delicious street food
Go to Raohe Night Market (optional)
Raohe Night Market is a fun experience, easily accessible near the train station and very affordable
Taipei Day 2 - Gondala, Thermal Baths, and Temple
Feb 29, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
9:00 am
Head to Taipei Zoo and jump on the Maokong Gondola
Incredible views
Get off at  Zhinan Temple Station to explore
Do some good ole epxloring
10:30 am
Go back to the Gondola 
Get off at next stop: Maokong
Taipei Confucius Temple and Dalongdong Ba-On Temple
The Taipei Confucius Temple is one of Taiwan’s most important places of worship and also functions as a Chinese cultural centre. You can  take Chinese calligraphy lessons here if have extra time.
National Palace Museum
Take the MRT to Shillin Station and board the R30 bus to the National Palace Museum
11:45 am
Take a taxi to Beitou Thermal Valley
Transfer at Beitou MRT station to Xinbeitou on the two-stop pink line
Taipei’s own hot spring village
Developed during the Japanese colonial times
To learn more about the springs, head to the Hot Spring Museum as the first stop (good views, cool balcony)
The final temple is the Guandu Temple
Take a taxi, should be 7-10 minutes
Venture into the 80-metre deep Buddha cave, which is filled with 28 representations of emperors
3:30 pm
Shillin Night Market
Take the MRT back into town from Guandu to Jiantan Station and walk for five minutes to get to Shillin Night Market
Try an oyster omelet – it’s a Shillin specialty! 
Try a peppered pork bun or some lemon aiyu jelly juice
Taipei Day 3 - Day trip to Pingxi and Jiufen Day Trip from Taipei with Sky Lantern Experience
Mar 1, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
8:30 am
Pickup at hotel
Start your day trip to Jiufen and Pingxi with hotel pickup in Taipei, and settle into luxurious comfort aboard your vehicle. Driving along Taiwan’s northern coast, your guide makes a scenic stop for postcard views of the two-toned Yin-Yang Sea. Visit the Golden Waterfall, where the water's yellowish hue is formed from copper and iron deposits from old mines. Take in amazing views of the ocean and surrounding landscapes while getting taught about the area’s history from a local man who worked in Jinguashi’s mining industry for over 60 years.
On arrival in historical Jiufen, stroll the narrow, cobbled streets and learn about the town's inspiration for films such as the Oscar-winning animation 'Spirited Away.' Bring your own lunch or purchase a meal at a local eatery, followed by a relaxing stop at a teahouse (own expense).
In Pingxi District, follow your guide on foot down Shifen Old Street, lined with shops selling miniature sky lanterns. Whether or not you arrive for the Sky Lantern Festival, when up to 200,000 luminous lanterns are released into the sky, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own rice paper lantern and write wishes on it (one lantern per 4 participants), light a candle at its base and watch it take flight. 
After the decline of the mining industry, the area these three towns are located in was revived as a popular tourist attraction and a center of history and culture. Just a stone’s throw away from bustling Taipei, this tour will allow you to bask in the old-town atmosphere, take in beautiful scenery, and learn a thing or two about the area’s cultural heritage and you’ll transfer to your vehicle for the return drive to your hotel.
6:00 pm
Back from tour
Taipei Hotel --> Taipei Hostel Day 1
Mar 2, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Taipei Hostel Day 2 - Iconic Food Tour
Mar 3, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
Planned itinerary at 4pm today, food tour
4:00 pm
Iconic Food Tour (still needs to be booked)
4 hours
12 tastings
$70 - heard it's worth it
https://taipeieats.com/xinyi/
Wednesdays and Fridays at 4pm
Taipei Hostel Day 3
Mar 4, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Taipei Hostel Day 4
Mar 5, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Taipei Hostel Day 5
Mar 6, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Taipei Hostel Day 6
Mar 7, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Taipei Hostel Day 7
Mar 8, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Taipei --> Seoul
Mar 9, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
10:00 am
Leave for airport (12:55pm flight to Seoul)
12:55 pm
Leave for Seoul
4:15 pm
Land in Seoul
6:00 pm
Subway system is good
You can buy a T Money transportation card at any convenience store and load up money on your card at any of the subway stops
Stay in Dongdaemun
Hostel Tommy - best option over a hotel (great location for site seeing)
66, Donhwamun-ro, Jongno-gu 2F, Wongwang Bldg., Seoul 03134 South Korea
Seoul Day 1
Mar 10, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
9:30 am
Gwanghwamun Square
Most iconic area of Seoul
Leads to the Gyeongbokgung palace
Check out the two free museums located under the two iconic statues that tell the history of Seoul and the Korean and Japanese war
While in Gwanghwamun, check out the Cheonggyecheon Stream
Grab a snack and dip your feet in the water
Relaxing spot to chill for a little while, and if you’re lucky there will be an art installation exhibit (like tons of umbrellas) on display
12:00 pm
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Can easily spend afternoon wondering around here
National Folk Museum inside the palace (free with admission to the palace)
2:30 pm
Changdeokgung 
Serene, walk around
Purchase a ticket to the secret garden
3:30 pm
Between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace is Bukchon Hanok Village
A hanok is a traditional Korean style home and Bukchon is where the last living largest cluster of these homes still exist with residents
Wander up and down the alleys for small cafes, museums, and shops
4:30 pm
Neighborhood next to Bukchon Hanok Village is Samcheong-dong
Full of cafes, including cafes with rooftop terraces where you can overlook the local mountains and tons of shops
Spend as little as 30 minutes exploring the area and snacking on street food, or spend more time here checking out the little boutiques, restaurants, and cafes.
5:30 pm
Stroll through Insadong
Cute shopping neighborhood
Check out the street performers, traditional shops, great restaurants, teahouses, and the shopping plaza Ssamziegil which is full of small, local artist’s boutiques
Check out Jogyesa Buddhist Temple
Literally located in the middle of the city
The future at Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Newer landmark
Female architect, Zaha Hadid
Go inside
DDP has cool exhibits to check out, interesting shops, and tons of delicious restaurants nearby
Get dinner around here
6:30 pm
Eat around DDP
Shop around DDP
Before DDP, Dongdaemun is known for its shopping. Each department store is full of local designers and boutiques.
Nightlife in Hongdae (for the hostel)
Seoul Day 2
Mar 11, 2020
8:00 am
Wake up
9:30 am
Namsan Tower
Namsan is located in the center of Seoul, so you are rewarded with 360 panoramic views of the entire city from this spot
You can take a bus, walk, or a gondola ride to the top of the mountain
Once you’re up there plan on eating at one of the restaurants inside the tower
12:30 pm
Go to Gangnam!
Gangnam is the financial district in Seoul and known for being the more wealthy and affluent area of the city
Besides shopping for designer products in Apgujeong, you can go to the main street in Gangnam which more represents Times Square in New York City. There are plenty of great restaurants and shopping here as well but Gangnam is also known for its hardcore party nightlife.
Gangnam is also the plastic surgery capital of Seoul and it’s hard to miss all the plastic surgery advertisements plastered everywhere from the subway to billboards in the area
This is also the area where international tourists flock for medical tourism, whether it be cosmetic or any medical reason.
Don’t miss the underground shopping here! There is a whole different experience in the underground of Gangnam to explore during your weekend in Seoul.
7:00 pm
Authentic Food Tour in Seoul's Historic Jongro District
Departure Point - Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station Exit 650-4 Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South KoreaInfront of the entrance 6(Outside), the guide will be holding a sign saying 'Seoul Hunters'
Seoul Hotel --> Hostel Day 1
Mar 12, 2020
10:30 am
Check out of Hostel Tommy
Go to Zzzip Guesthouse Hostel in Hongdae
11:30 am
No planned itinerary
Seoul Hostel Day 2
Mar 13, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Seoul Hostel Day 3
Mar 14, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Seoul Hostel Day 4
Mar 15, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Seoul Hostel Day 5
Mar 16, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Seoul Hostel Day 6
Mar 17, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary
Seoul Hostel Day 7
Mar 18, 2020
8:00 am
No planned itinerary