Big Asia Trip 2018

My big Asia trip started in Beijing on June, 2018 and ended in December, 2018. The plan was to travel for six months and make a circle through China and dip down to Myanmar and Laos. I got side-tracked and kept going west after Urumqi, China into the 'stans for a couple of months. Then I extended the circle by flying south to Dubai, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar. I continued overland through Myanmar and Laos by bus and then back up through China to Beijing by train.

Here is where I went:
Beijing, China
Great Wall of China (Badaling)
Datong, China
Yungang Grottoes
Hanging Monastery (Hunyuan, China)
Pingyao, China
Mianshan Mountain (Jiexiu, China)
Xi'an, China
Terracotta Warriors Site
Huashan Mountains
Longmen Grottoes (Luoyang, China)
Maijishan Grottoes (Tianshui, China)
Lanzhou, China
Zhangye, China (Danxia Geological Park)
Jiayuguen, China
Dunhuang, China
Urumqi, China
Kashgar, China
Yining Ile, China
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
Khujand, Tajikistan
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Turkestan, Kazakhstan
Taraz, Kazakhstan
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
New Delhi, India
Agra, India
Ranthambhore National Park, India
Jaipur, India
Jodhpur, India
Kathmandu, Nepal
Nagarkot, Nepal
Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Ella, Sri Lanka
Tissa, Sri Lanka
Galle, Sri Lanka
Bangkok, Thailand
Mandalay, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar
Yangon, Myanmar
Npa An, Myanmar
(crossed Thailand by bus in less than 24 hours)
Vientiane, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Namtha, Laos
Jinghong, China
Kunming, China
Guilin, China
Nanjing, China
Beijing, China

Blog Posts (140)

Sunday, Souvenir Shopping in Beijing (2018-12-16) 136
Saturday, Nanjing to Beijing by Train (2018-12-15) 156
Friday, All Day in Nanjing (2018-12-14) 144
Thursday, Guilin to Nanjing by Train (2018-12-13) 111
Wednesday, Took it Easy in Guilin (2018-12-12) 23
Tuesday, Guilin to Yangshuo Li River Boat Tour (2018-12-11) 172
Monday, Went from Kunming to Guilin by Train (2018-12-10) 131
Sunday, Went hiking in Western Hills Park in Kunming, China (2018-12-09) 112
Friday, Jinghong to Kunming China by Bus (2018-12-07) 119
Thursday, Luang Namtha, Laos to Jinghong, China by Bus (2018-12-06) 110
Wednesday, From Luang Namtha to Muang Sing by Motorbike (2018-12-05) 105
Tuesday, Exploring the Luang Namtha Laos Countryside by Bike (2018-12-04) 110
Sunday, Biked from Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Waterfall (2018-12-02) 105
Monday, Luang Prabang to Luang Namtha by Bus (2018-12-02) 99
Saturday, All Day in Luang Prabang, Laos (2018-12-01) 106
Friday, All Day Bus Ride from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, Laos (2018-11-30) 105
Thursday, All Day Exploring Vientiane, Laos (2018-11-29) 104
Wednesday, Went from Kohn Kaen, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos (2018-11-28) 127
Tuesday, Went from Hpa An Myanmar to Phitsanulok Thailand (2018-11-27) 134
Monday, All Day Exploring the Hpa An Area (2018-11-26) 119
Sunday, Went from Yangon to Hpa An by Bus (2018-11-25) 125
Saturday, All Day in Yangon, Myanmar (2018-11-24) 113
Friday, First Day in Yangon, Myanmar (2018-11-23) 116
Thursday, Sunrise over the Pagodas, Night Bus to Yangon (2018-11-22) 159
Wednesday, All Day Exploring the Pagodas at Bagan Myanmar (2018-11-21) 185
Tuesday, Nyaung Shwe to Bagan Bus (2018-11-20) 110
Monday, Biking Around Inle Lake and Taunggyi Balloon Festival (2018-11-19) 127
Sunday, Kalaw to Nyaung Shwe and Afternoon Boat Tour of Inle Lake (2018-11-18) 126
Saturday, Went from Kalaw to Inle Lake by Motorbike (2018-11-17) 146
Friday, Went from Mandalay to Kalaw by Bus (2018-11-16) 145
Thursday, Went up Mandalay Hill and Sandar Muni Pagoda (2018-11-15) 124
Wednesday, Flew from Bangkok to Mandalay, Myanmar (2018-11-14) 110
Tuesday, Went to Grand Palace and Wat Arun in Bangkok (2018-11-13) 114
Monday, Flew from Colombo to Bangkok (2018-11-12) 105
Sunday, Galle to Colombo by Train (2018-11-11) 109
Saturday, Went from Tissa to Galle by Tuk-tuk (2018-11-10) 120
Friday, Yala National Park All Day Safari (2018-11-09) 117
Thursday, Took a Minibus from Ella to Tissa, Sri Lanka (2018-11-08) 173
Wednesday, Hiked up to Little Adam's Peak (2018-11-07) 184
Tuesday, Took the Scenic Train from Kandy to Ella, Sri Lanka (2018-11-06) 129
Monday, Climbed Pedurangula Rock, Took the Bus to Kandy (2018-11-05) 129
Sunday, Cave Temple in Dambulla, Biking Around Sigiriya (2018-11-04) 125
Saturday, Bus from Kandy to Sigiriya and Minneriya National Park (2018-11-03) 153
Friday, Spent All Day Exploring Kandy, Sri Lanka (2018-11-02) 111
Thursday, Took the Train from Colombo to Kandy, Sri Lanka (2018-11-01) 102
Wednesday, Spent All Day Exploring Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018-10-31) 162
Tuesday, Flew from Delhi to Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018-10-30) 121
Monday, Flew from Kathmandu to Delhi (2018-10-29) 114
Sunday, Relaxing Day in Kathmandu (2018-10-28) 121
Saturday, All Day Bus from Chitwan to Kathmandu (2018-10-27) 111
Friday, Exploring Chitwan National Park (2018-10-26) 106
Thursday, Bus from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park (2018-10-25) 125
Wednesday, Swayambhunayh Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square (2018-10-24) 114
Tuesday, Hiked from Nagarkot to Naya Basti (2018-10-23) 143
Monday, All Day Hike from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2018-10-22) 147
Sunday, All Day Hike from Sundarijal to Chisapani (2018-10-21) 137
Saturday, Spent All Day Exploring Kathmandu (2018-10-20) 118
Friday, Flew from New Delhi to Kathmandu, Nepal (2018-10-19) 104
Thursday, All Day Drive from Jodhpur to Delhi (2018-10-18) 97
Wednesday, Spent All Day Touring Jodhpur (2018-10-17) 101
Tuesday, Drove from Jaipur to Jodhpur (2018-10-16) 110
Monday, Spent All Day Touring Jaipur, India (2018-10-15) 173
Sunday, Another Tiger Safari in Ranthambhore National Park (2018-10-14) 115
Saturday, Morning Tiger Safari at Ranthambhore National Park (2018-10-13) 136
Thursday, All Day Touring Agra India (2018-10-11) 128
Wednesday, Delhi to Agra and Taj Majal Tour (2018-10-10) 117
Monday, India Gate, Qutb Minaret, and Humayun Tomb (2018-10-08) 133
Sunday, Flight from Dubai to New Delhi and First Day in India (2018-10-07) 123
Saturday, All Day Tour to Abu Dhabi from Dubai (2018-10-06) 113
Friday, Dubai Marina Beach (2018-10-05) 101
Thursday, The Old Souk and the Dubai Creek Boardwalk (2018-10-04) 117
Wednesday, Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour All Day (2018-10-03) 107
Tuesday, Flew from Almaty to Dubai (2018-10-02) 109
Monday, Took the Cable Car up to Kok Tobe (2018-10-01) 106
Thursday, Took the train from Taraz to Almaty (2018-09-27) 122
Wednesday, Took a Marshrutka from Shymkent to Taraz (2018-09-26) 128
Tuesday, Day Trip from Shymkent to Turkestan (2018-09-25) 131
Sunday, Border Crossing Tashkent to Shymkent (2018-09-23) 130
Friday, Took the Train from Bukhara to Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2018-09-21) 125
Thursday, Took the Train from Samarkand to Bukhara, Uzbekistan (2018-09-20) 154
Tuesday, Took Shared Taxis from Dushanbe, Tajikistan to Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2018-09-18) 127
Monday, Went to the Mekhrgon Baazar (2018-09-17) 132
Sunday, Went to the Hisor Fortress (2018-09-16) 106
Friday, Uzbek Embassy for a Visa (2018-09-14) 126
Thursday, Khujand to Dushanbe by Shared Taxi (2018-09-13) 120
Monday, Took Marshrutkas from Osh Kyrgyzstan to Khujand Tajikistan (2018-09-10) 140
Sunday, Spent the Day Exploring Osh Kyrgyzstan (2018-09-09) 126
Saturday, All Day Bus from Toktogul to Osh Kyrgyzstan (2018-09-08) 114
Friday, Shared Taxi from Bishkek to Toktogul (2018-09-07) 119
Thursday, Getting Ready to go to Osh (2018-09-06) 114
Tuesday, Returned to Bishkek from Karakol (2018-09-04) 114
Thursday, Mountain Biking from Karakol to Issyk Kul Lake (2018-08-30) 185
Tuesday, Went Hiking in Karakol Gorge National Park (2018-08-28) 185
Monday, Took the Bus from Bishkek to Karakol near Lake Issyk Kul (2018-08-27) 114
Sunday, Seeing More Sights in Bishkek (2018-08-26) 128
Saturday, Went Shopping at the Osh Bazaar in Bishkek (2018-08-25) 124
Friday, Crossed the Border from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan (2018-08-24) 126
Wednesday, Went to Shymbulak Ski Resort Again (2018-08-22) 118
Sunday, Hiked from Medeu to Shymbulak Ski Resort (2018-08-19) 121
Friday, Hike to Kok Zhailau (2018-08-17) 166
Wednesday, Hike to Alma Arasan Gorge (2018-08-15) 128
Tuesday, Exploring Almaty Kazakhstan (2018-08-14) 131
Monday, Crossed the border from China to Kazakhstan, Ile Yining to Almaty (2018-08-13) 210
Friday, Overnight Train from Urumqi to Yining China (2018-08-10) 126
Thursday, Urumqi Tour to Nanshan Southern Pasture (2018-08-09) 114
Tuesday, Kashgar to Urumqi Flight (2018-08-07) 110
Sunday, Kashgar Animal Market (2018-08-05) 160
Saturday, Huge Mao Statue near People's Park and Kashgar Old Town (2018-08-04) 146
Friday, Flight from Urumqi to Kashgar (2018-08-03) 114
Thursday, International Grand Bazaar Xinjiang in Urumqi (2018-08-02) 112
Wednesday, Trains from Dunhuang to Yumen to Urumqi (2018-08-01) 106
Tuesday, Back to the Echo Sands Site to Climb the Sand Mountains (2018-07-31) 105
Monday, Mogao Grottoes and Mingsha Shan Crescent Moon Lake (2018-07-30) 123
Sunday, Jiayuguan to Dunhuang by Slow Train (2018-07-29) 160
Friday, Jiayuguan Fort and Overhanging Great Wall (2018-07-27) 215
Thursday, Zhangye to Jiayuguan by Fast Train (2018-07-26) 125
Tuesday, Dafu Giant Buddha and the Danxia Rainbow Mountains (2018-07-24) 108
Monday, Fast Train from Lanzhou to Zhangye (2018-07-23) 117
Saturday, Hike to the top of Baitashan Park (2018-07-21) 117
Thursday, First Day in Lanzhou (2018-07-19) 175
Wednesday, Train from Xi'an to Lanzhou with a stopover at Maijishan Grottoes (2018-07-18) 120
Tuesday, Xi'an Day trip to Luoyang Longmen Grottoes (2018-07-17) 114
Monday, Recovered from Huashan Climb (2018-07-16) 103
Sunday, Xi'an Day Trip to Huashan Mountains (2018-07-15) 133
Friday, Night Bike Ride on the Xi'an City Wall (2018-07-13) 119
Thursday, Walked the Xi'an City Wall (2018-07-12) 130
Wednesday, Xi'an: Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Bell Tower at Night (2018-07-11) 112
Tuesday, All Day Trip to the Terracotta Warriors Site from Xi'an (2018-07-10) 111
Monday, High Speed Train from Pingyao to Xi'an (2018-07-09) 113
Sunday, Pingyao and Shuanglin Temple (2018-07-08) 154
Saturday, Day Trip to Mianshan Mountain (2018-07-07) 180
Friday, All Day in Pingyao (2018-07-06) 146
Thursday, Train from Datong to Pingyao (2018-07-05) 109
Wednesday, Day Trip to Hanging Monastery (2018-07-04) 102
Tuesday, Yungang Grottoes Day Trip (2018-07-03) 105
Monday, Train from Beijing to Datong (2018-07-02) 118
Sunday, Jingshan Park and Beijai Park (2018-07-01) 103
Saturday, Beijing Summer Palace (2018-06-30) 109
Friday, Great Wall of China at Badaling (2018-06-29) 109
Thursday, Tienanmen Square (2018-06-28) 147