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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 (141)

Sunday, Souvenir Shopping in Beijing (2018-12-16) 487
Saturday, Nanjing to Beijing by Train (2018-12-15) 439
Friday, All Day in Nanjing (2018-12-14) 467
Thursday, Guilin to Nanjing by Train (2018-12-13) 414
Wednesday, Took it Easy in Guilin (2018-12-12) 284
Tuesday, Guilin to Yangshuo Li River Boat Tour (2018-12-11) 618
Monday, Went from Kunming to Guilin by Train (2018-12-10) 477
Sunday, Went hiking in Western Hills Park in Kunming, China (2018-12-09) 486
Friday, Jinghong to Kunming China by Bus (2018-12-07) 416
Thursday, Luang Namtha, Laos to Jinghong, China by Bus (2018-12-06) 558
Wednesday, From Luang Namtha to Muang Sing by Motorbike (2018-12-05) 329
Tuesday, Exploring the Luang Namtha Laos Countryside by Bike (2018-12-04) 414
Sunday, Biked from Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Waterfall (2018-12-02) 396
Monday, Luang Prabang to Luang Namtha by Bus (2018-12-02) 345
Saturday, All Day in Luang Prabang, Laos (2018-12-01) 372
Friday, All Day Bus Ride from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, Laos (2018-11-30) 372
Thursday, All Day Exploring Vientiane, Laos (2018-11-29) 372
Wednesday, Went from Kohn Kaen, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos (2018-11-28) 441
Tuesday, Went from Hpa An Myanmar to Phitsanulok Thailand (2018-11-27) 417
Monday, All Day Exploring the Hpa An Area (2018-11-26) 462
Sunday, Went from Yangon to Hpa An by Bus (2018-11-25) 565
Saturday, All Day in Yangon, Myanmar (2018-11-24) 472
Friday, First Day in Yangon, Myanmar (2018-11-23) 427
Thursday, Sunrise over the Pagodas, Night Bus to Yangon (2018-11-22) 451
Wednesday, All Day Exploring the Pagodas at Bagan Myanmar (2018-11-21) 650
Tuesday, Nyaung Shwe to Bagan Bus (2018-11-20) 415
Monday, Biking Around Inle Lake and Taunggyi Balloon Festival (2018-11-19) 453
Sunday, Kalaw to Nyaung Shwe and Afternoon Boat Tour of Inle Lake (2018-11-18) 432
Saturday, Went from Kalaw to Inle Lake by Motorbike (2018-11-17) 560
Friday, Went from Mandalay to Kalaw by Bus (2018-11-16) 527
Thursday, Went up Mandalay Hill and Sandar Muni Pagoda (2018-11-15) 436
Wednesday, Flew from Bangkok to Mandalay, Myanmar (2018-11-14) 413
Tuesday, Went to Grand Palace and Wat Arun in Bangkok (2018-11-13) 369
Monday, Flew from Colombo to Bangkok (2018-11-12) 395
Sunday, Galle to Colombo by Train (2018-11-11) 422
Saturday, Went from Tissa to Galle by Tuk-tuk (2018-11-10) 402
Friday, Yala National Park All Day Safari (2018-11-09) 367
Thursday, Took a Minibus from Ella to Tissa, Sri Lanka (2018-11-08) 947
Wednesday, Hiked up to Little Adam's Peak (2018-11-07) 538
Tuesday, Took the Scenic Train from Kandy to Ella, Sri Lanka (2018-11-06) 440
Monday, Climbed Pedurangula Rock, Took the Bus to Kandy (2018-11-05) 448
Sunday, Cave Temple in Dambulla, Biking Around Sigiriya (2018-11-04) 439
Saturday, Bus from Kandy to Sigiriya and Minneriya National Park (2018-11-03) 566
Friday, Spent All Day Exploring Kandy, Sri Lanka (2018-11-02) 388
Thursday, Took the Train from Colombo to Kandy, Sri Lanka (2018-11-01) 418
Wednesday, Spent All Day Exploring Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018-10-31) 536
Tuesday, Flew from Delhi to Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018-10-30) 407
Monday, Flew from Kathmandu to Delhi (2018-10-29) 409
Sunday, Relaxing Day in Kathmandu (2018-10-28) 444
Saturday, All Day Bus from Chitwan to Kathmandu (2018-10-27) 439
Friday, Exploring Chitwan National Park (2018-10-26) 382
Thursday, Bus from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park (2018-10-25) 480
Wednesday, Swayambhunayh Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square (2018-10-24) 353
Tuesday, Hiked from Nagarkot to Naya Basti (2018-10-23) 504
Monday, All Day Hike from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2018-10-22) 443
Sunday, All Day Hike from Sundarijal to Chisapani (2018-10-21) 456
Saturday, Spent All Day Exploring Kathmandu (2018-10-20) 436
Friday, Flew from New Delhi to Kathmandu, Nepal (2018-10-19) 328
Thursday, All Day Drive from Jodhpur to Delhi (2018-10-18) 304
Wednesday, Spent All Day Touring Jodhpur (2018-10-17) 287
Tuesday, Drove from Jaipur to Jodhpur (2018-10-16) 320
Monday, Spent All Day Touring Jaipur, India (2018-10-15) 465
Sunday, Another Tiger Safari in Ranthambhore National Park (2018-10-14) 363
Saturday, Morning Tiger Safari at Ranthambhore National Park (2018-10-13) 367
Thursday, All Day Touring Agra India (2018-10-11) 349
Wednesday, Delhi to Agra and Taj Majal Tour (2018-10-10) 332
Monday, India Gate, Qutb Minaret, and Humayun Tomb (2018-10-08) 369
Sunday, Flight from Dubai to New Delhi and First Day in India (2018-10-07) 333
Saturday, All Day Tour to Abu Dhabi from Dubai (2018-10-06) 334
Friday, Dubai Marina Beach (2018-10-05) 483
Thursday, The Old Souk and the Dubai Creek Boardwalk (2018-10-04) 454
Wednesday, Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour All Day (2018-10-03) 308
Tuesday, Flew from Almaty to Dubai (2018-10-02) 270
Monday, Took the Cable Car up to Kok Tobe (2018-10-01) 386
Thursday, Took the train from Taraz to Almaty (2018-09-27) 300
Wednesday, Took a Marshrutka from Shymkent to Taraz (2018-09-26) 372
Tuesday, Day Trip from Shymkent to Turkestan (2018-09-25) 334
Sunday, Border Crossing Tashkent to Shymkent (2018-09-23) 408
Friday, Took the Train from Bukhara to Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2018-09-21) 365
Thursday, Took the Train from Samarkand to Bukhara, Uzbekistan (2018-09-20) 496
Tuesday, Took Shared Taxis from Dushanbe, Tajikistan to Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2018-09-18) 530
Monday, Went to the Mekhrgon Baazar (2018-09-17) 406
Sunday, Went to the Hisor Fortress (2018-09-16) 462
Friday, Uzbek Embassy for a Visa (2018-09-14) 381
Thursday, Khujand to Dushanbe by Shared Taxi (2018-09-13) 359
Monday, Took Marshrutkas from Osh Kyrgyzstan to Khujand Tajikistan (2018-09-10) 494
Sunday, Spent the Day Exploring Osh Kyrgyzstan (2018-09-09) 433
Saturday, All Day Bus from Toktogul to Osh Kyrgyzstan (2018-09-08) 364
Friday, Shared Taxi from Bishkek to Toktogul (2018-09-07) 451
Thursday, Getting Ready to go to Osh (2018-09-06) 338
Tuesday, Returned to Bishkek from Karakol (2018-09-04) 318
Thursday, Mountain Biking from Karakol to Issyk Kul Lake (2018-08-30) 517
Tuesday, Went Hiking in Karakol Gorge National Park (2018-08-28) 479
Monday, Took the Bus from Bishkek to Karakol near Lake Issyk Kul (2018-08-27) 489
Sunday, Seeing More Sights in Bishkek (2018-08-26) 567
Saturday, Went Shopping at the Osh Bazaar in Bishkek (2018-08-25) 604
Friday, Crossed the Border from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan (2018-08-24) 406
Wednesday, Went to Shymbulak Ski Resort Again (2018-08-22) 414
Sunday, Hiked from Medeu to Shymbulak Ski Resort (2018-08-19) 469
Friday, Hike to Kok Zhailau (2018-08-17) 633
Wednesday, Hike to Alma Arasan Gorge (2018-08-15) 559
Tuesday, Exploring Almaty Kazakhstan (2018-08-14) 391
Monday, Crossed the border from China to Kazakhstan, Ile Yining to Almaty (2018-08-13) 492
Friday, Overnight Train from Urumqi to Yining China (2018-08-10) 432
Thursday, Urumqi Tour to Nanshan Southern Pasture (2018-08-09) 405
Tuesday, Kashgar to Urumqi Flight (2018-08-07) 320
Sunday, Kashgar Animal Market (2018-08-05) 521
Saturday, Huge Mao Statue near People's Park and Kashgar Old Town (2018-08-04) 345
Friday, Flight from Urumqi to Kashgar (2018-08-03) 362
Thursday, International Grand Bazaar Xinjiang in Urumqi (2018-08-02) 277
Wednesday, Trains from Dunhuang to Yumen to Urumqi (2018-08-01) 328
Tuesday, Back to the Echo Sands Site to Climb the Sand Mountains (2018-07-31) 339
Monday, Mogao Grottoes and Mingsha Shan Crescent Moon Lake (2018-07-30) 612
Sunday, Jiayuguan to Dunhuang by Slow Train (2018-07-29) 432
Friday, Jiayuguan Fort and Overhanging Great Wall (2018-07-27) 648
Thursday, Zhangye to Jiayuguan by Fast Train (2018-07-26) 389
Tuesday, Dafu Giant Buddha and the Danxia Rainbow Mountains (2018-07-24) 367
Monday, Fast Train from Lanzhou to Zhangye (2018-07-23) 407
Saturday, Hike to the top of Baitashan Park (2018-07-21) 347
Thursday, First Day in Lanzhou (2018-07-19) 498
Wednesday, Train from Xi'an to Lanzhou with a stopover at Maijishan Grottoes (2018-07-18) 372
Tuesday, Xi'an Day trip to Luoyang Longmen Grottoes (2018-07-17) 368
Monday, Recovered from Huashan Climb (2018-07-16) 314
Sunday, Xi'an Day Trip to Huashan Mountains (2018-07-15) 336
Friday, Night Bike Ride on the Xi'an City Wall (2018-07-13) 353
Thursday, Walked the Xi'an City Wall (2018-07-12) 374
Wednesday, Xi'an: Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Bell Tower at Night (2018-07-11) 341
Tuesday, All Day Trip to the Terracotta Warriors Site from Xi'an (2018-07-10) 327
Monday, High Speed Train from Pingyao to Xi'an (2018-07-09) 347
Sunday, Pingyao and Shuanglin Temple (2018-07-08) 482
Saturday, Day Trip to Mianshan Mountain (2018-07-07) 566
Friday, All Day in Pingyao (2018-07-06) 417
Thursday, Train from Datong to Pingyao (2018-07-05) 329
Wednesday, Day Trip to Hanging Monastery (2018-07-04) 284
Tuesday, Yungang Grottoes Day Trip (2018-07-03) 376
Monday, Train from Beijing to Datong (2018-07-02) 413
Sunday, Jingshan Park and Beijai Park (2018-07-01) 362
Saturday, Beijing Summer Palace (2018-06-30) 324
Friday, Great Wall of China at Badaling (2018-06-29) 310
Thursday, Tienanmen Square (2018-06-28) 444