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A book of the following “Big adventure” has been released entitled “Portraits of Asia”. You can preview the first 15 pages here and order your copy online today.

Check out our new travel blog site travelwithamate.com for lots more information on the “Big Adventure” below.

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Our plans for the “Big Adventure” are coming together and picking up pace.

For those of you that don’t know, my wife and I are planning to travel extensively through South-East Asia for around 3 months before moving to Sydney, Australia for a while. This is part of my drive to become a full time professional photographer and gives me a goal or deadline to work towards, you’d be surprised how motivational that is!

So here’s a rough itinerary, I’ll spare you the impressively in-depth version my wife has created. In 3 months travelling there’s hardly a day when we’re not booked to do something or travel somewhere!

Singapore F1 Grand PrixSeptember

20th – Fly from Heathrow, England to Changi, Singapore

27th – Watch the Singapore F1 Grand Prix with friends

October

Halong Bay, VietnamFly to Hanoi, Vietnam and spend a few days there as well as 3 days in Sa pa, treking & home stay and 3 days at Halong Bay.

Vist Hue City, Da nang and market town of Hoi An. Also the costal town of Nha Trang where there’s amazing beaches and sea corals.

On to Ho Chi Ming City, visit the famous Tay Ninh and Cu Chi tunnels. Cai Be on the Mekong Delta for a home stay.

Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia21st  – Boat and bus to Phnom Penh for a few days

Visit Kampot and Bokor Mountain National Park. Then to Battambang for a village home stay.

A boat to Siem Reap for Angkor Wat. Hopefully be there for sunset one day and revisit for sunrise the next day.

November

Chiang Mai, Thailand1st – Bus and train to Bangkok, Thailand

A few days in Bangkok before we go to Ayutthaya and then on to Chiang Mai visiting the sticky rice factory and do a bicycle tour.

On to Chiang Rai and possible home stay before a hill-tribe trek.

An overnight train back to Bangkok before heading on to Kanchanaburi. Visit the Bridge over the River Kwai.

December

kuala-lumpur-petronasOn to Ko Tao for a few days before hoping over to the islands of Phuket and Phi Phi for a week or two.

On to Krabi and Hat Yai before crossing the border into Malaysia

Visit Penang and Butterworth then train to Kuala Lumpur.

Train back to Singapore then fly on to Sydney, Australia around the 19th. Spend a couple of weeks enjoying Christmas while looking for a more permanent accommodation.

Flexible plans

Obviously these plans might change. That’s the wonderful thing about backpacking and traveling for extended periods of time. You can be flexible with your plans and get a chance to go off the beaten path. I’m really looking forward to the home stays and visiting a few sites and towns you wouldn’t normally go to. The flights are booked as are the Grand Prix tickets so it’ll be a fantastic start to the journey!

I will as ever be blogging throughout our travels and beyond. I’ll also be meeting up with locals from each country, doing photo shoots with local models and also meeting local photographers. Some of which I shall interview for blogs. The main point of our travels is to build up an extensive portfolio and hopefully do some networking with local photographic agencies and publications.

More progress reports on our plans as they are confirmed. If you have been to any of these countries please do leave a comment. I’d love to hear any recommendations on places to go, hidden gems, etc.

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5 Comments

  1. Looks like an awesome plan. I wish I could do the same and leave everything behind. Good luck in your endeavours.

  2. Great post! I like this blog and good article also.

  3. We live in Kanchanaburi, & you’re coming at a good time. End November – December 5 sees the annual Kanchanaburi Festival with nightly Light & Sound shows at the famous bridge. Feel free to contact me for any local tips

  4. hi first time on yr blog. very interesting motivation! inspiring too. enjoy yrself in yr trip, with yr wife. btw, if u have more time, u can visit old malacca 🙂

  5. wow sounds amazing! i am going over to philipines and thailand in march 2010~ still kinda planning my trip. want to go to vietnam and singapore as well. trying to figure out where to stay on a tight budget.is there some cheap places to stay while u travel. i hope so. can you give me some insite..lol! take care


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