Story of the Week: Vanessa and Alberto’s Aventura

1. Choose three countries that you really enjoyed during your trip.

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MYANMAR THAILAND VIETNAM

2.  How long did you stay in each country?

a. Myanmar – 25 days

b. Thailand – 35 days

c. Vietnam – 15 days

 

3. How did you go to ,Vietnam. Thailand, Myanmar  You can describe how you got there. 🙂

From HongKong Express, they flew to Vietnam in Danan, through Air Asia.

Vietnam – cambodia- laos- north of Thailand– from Myanmar, they flew back to Thailand so they can explore more of the other parts of Thailand.  Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia.

From Haitai, Laos, we walked 6 and a half kilomoters. It was less than usual because someone offered them* a ride going to the border of Thailand.  Then we took the bus, as it is not allowed to just walk your way to the border.

A day before crossing the border, we hitchhiked from Sukottai to Mae Sott, and we slept in the bus station in Mae Sott.  Walked 3 km to the border of Myanmar. Filled up the paperworks and got in Myawaddy town.

 

4. So far, how much do you think you have used just for the flight tickets around Asia? Estimated.  From spain to Asia and other places in Asia and back to Spain

A: 1000 euros per person

 

5. What are the most delicious food you tasted in each country? Is there a meal that is somewhat similar to any meal you had in Spain? NONE

a. Vietnam – Bambao

b. Cambodia – ( can’t remember the name)

c. Thailand -Mango sticky rice

d. Laos –  sticky rice with Chicken

e. Myanmar – Shan Noodles

f. Malaysia – Roti

g. Singapore – White Carrot Cake (but it tastes like fish, so it’s weird)

 

6. How much is your budget for the whole South East Asian Trip?

3000 euros (probably less)

 

7. Were you able to communicate with a lot of locals in each country? Yes

Because of couchsurfing and hitchhiking.

 

8. When did you start hitchhiking?

Their first time was in Cambodia. 4 months since the first time.

 

9. What were your worries before trying it and what have you proven after the continuous hitchhiking adventures?

They weren’t worried at all since there are two of them and felt confident about it.

 

10.  How can you describe the people in those countries in general based on your experience?

Friendly, Helpful. All of them are very helpful. The younger generation wants to talk to them and just speak English. You can have random conversations from different groups of strangers.

 

11. What are the most memorable things you experienced that you can tell your grandchildren someday?

The rides are memorable. Hitchhiking is fun and it is always different. Sometimes, they can find people who can speak English very well and they definitely had good conversations with them. They can even  get free food because you can get invited for lunch. The wind is also nice and refreshing. But sometimes there are also people who can’t speak English at all and so, the conversation was going nowhere which made it so funny.

Also, Snorkeling in the Philippines (Puerto Galera). The north of Thailand, Chian Rai is really beautiful. They mostly see amazingly beautiful temples. They are even in different colors. There’s also a sitting Buddha.

They did trekking in Myanmar and slept in a monastery. It was on the floor and just a matress.

 

12. How about bad experiences? Did you have one?

They had a bad experience in hitchhiking.  It was a curvy road and it’s a little slippery. They got into an accident.

 

13. As a backpacker, do you have some tips for beginners?

Always prepare for your trip in advance so you can get a lot of information before you dive into the world of traveling. It’s helpful. It’s not you have to follow the whole plan. It will just give you a little idea.

Don’t bring too much stuff. It’s not worth the weight.

If you hitchhike, always be confident and be positive so you can find a good ride.

Set an objective–something that you can do in a day that you want to accomplish.

Always smile because it’s helpful when you talk to anyone.