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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) 383
Saturday, Nanjing to Beijing by Train (2018-12-15) 374
Friday, All Day in Nanjing (2018-12-14) 395
Thursday, Guilin to Nanjing by Train (2018-12-13) 341
Wednesday, Took it Easy in Guilin (2018-12-12) 206
Tuesday, Guilin to Yangshuo Li River Boat Tour (2018-12-11) 473
Monday, Went from Kunming to Guilin by Train (2018-12-10) 394
Sunday, Went hiking in Western Hills Park in Kunming, China (2018-12-09) 370
Friday, Jinghong to Kunming China by Bus (2018-12-07) 344
Thursday, Luang Namtha, Laos to Jinghong, China by Bus (2018-12-06) 422
Wednesday, From Luang Namtha to Muang Sing by Motorbike (2018-12-05) 261
Tuesday, Exploring the Luang Namtha Laos Countryside by Bike (2018-12-04) 345
Sunday, Biked from Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Waterfall (2018-12-02) 318
Monday, Luang Prabang to Luang Namtha by Bus (2018-12-02) 292
Saturday, All Day in Luang Prabang, Laos (2018-12-01) 306
Friday, All Day Bus Ride from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, Laos (2018-11-30) 314
Thursday, All Day Exploring Vientiane, Laos (2018-11-29) 299
Wednesday, Went from Kohn Kaen, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos (2018-11-28) 349
Tuesday, Went from Hpa An Myanmar to Phitsanulok Thailand (2018-11-27) 353
Monday, All Day Exploring the Hpa An Area (2018-11-26) 397
Sunday, Went from Yangon to Hpa An by Bus (2018-11-25) 448
Saturday, All Day in Yangon, Myanmar (2018-11-24) 377
Friday, First Day in Yangon, Myanmar (2018-11-23) 350
Thursday, Sunrise over the Pagodas, Night Bus to Yangon (2018-11-22) 363
Wednesday, All Day Exploring the Pagodas at Bagan Myanmar (2018-11-21) 545
Tuesday, Nyaung Shwe to Bagan Bus (2018-11-20) 328
Monday, Biking Around Inle Lake and Taunggyi Balloon Festival (2018-11-19) 344
Sunday, Kalaw to Nyaung Shwe and Afternoon Boat Tour of Inle Lake (2018-11-18) 351
Saturday, Went from Kalaw to Inle Lake by Motorbike (2018-11-17) 415
Friday, Went from Mandalay to Kalaw by Bus (2018-11-16) 404
Thursday, Went up Mandalay Hill and Sandar Muni Pagoda (2018-11-15) 348
Wednesday, Flew from Bangkok to Mandalay, Myanmar (2018-11-14) 330
Tuesday, Went to Grand Palace and Wat Arun in Bangkok (2018-11-13) 309
Monday, Flew from Colombo to Bangkok (2018-11-12) 324
Sunday, Galle to Colombo by Train (2018-11-11) 340
Saturday, Went from Tissa to Galle by Tuk-tuk (2018-11-10) 311
Friday, Yala National Park All Day Safari (2018-11-09) 310
Thursday, Took a Minibus from Ella to Tissa, Sri Lanka (2018-11-08) 880
Wednesday, Hiked up to Little Adam's Peak (2018-11-07) 448
Tuesday, Took the Scenic Train from Kandy to Ella, Sri Lanka (2018-11-06) 365
Monday, Climbed Pedurangula Rock, Took the Bus to Kandy (2018-11-05) 364
Sunday, Cave Temple in Dambulla, Biking Around Sigiriya (2018-11-04) 368
Saturday, Bus from Kandy to Sigiriya and Minneriya National Park (2018-11-03) 480
Friday, Spent All Day Exploring Kandy, Sri Lanka (2018-11-02) 326
Thursday, Took the Train from Colombo to Kandy, Sri Lanka (2018-11-01) 328
Wednesday, Spent All Day Exploring Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018-10-31) 452
Tuesday, Flew from Delhi to Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018-10-30) 318
Monday, Flew from Kathmandu to Delhi (2018-10-29) 340
Sunday, Relaxing Day in Kathmandu (2018-10-28) 352
Saturday, All Day Bus from Chitwan to Kathmandu (2018-10-27) 355
Friday, Exploring Chitwan National Park (2018-10-26) 320
Thursday, Bus from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park (2018-10-25) 325
Wednesday, Swayambhunayh Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square (2018-10-24) 289
Tuesday, Hiked from Nagarkot to Naya Basti (2018-10-23) 424
Monday, All Day Hike from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2018-10-22) 367
Sunday, All Day Hike from Sundarijal to Chisapani (2018-10-21) 343
Saturday, Spent All Day Exploring Kathmandu (2018-10-20) 348
Friday, Flew from New Delhi to Kathmandu, Nepal (2018-10-19) 266
Thursday, All Day Drive from Jodhpur to Delhi (2018-10-18) 248
Wednesday, Spent All Day Touring Jodhpur (2018-10-17) 245
Tuesday, Drove from Jaipur to Jodhpur (2018-10-16) 259
Monday, Spent All Day Touring Jaipur, India (2018-10-15) 415
Sunday, Another Tiger Safari in Ranthambhore National Park (2018-10-14) 296
Saturday, Morning Tiger Safari at Ranthambhore National Park (2018-10-13) 304
Thursday, All Day Touring Agra India (2018-10-11) 277
Wednesday, Delhi to Agra and Taj Majal Tour (2018-10-10) 287
Monday, India Gate, Qutb Minaret, and Humayun Tomb (2018-10-08) 317
Sunday, Flight from Dubai to New Delhi and First Day in India (2018-10-07) 283
Saturday, All Day Tour to Abu Dhabi from Dubai (2018-10-06) 279
Friday, Dubai Marina Beach (2018-10-05) 276
Thursday, The Old Souk and the Dubai Creek Boardwalk (2018-10-04) 362
Wednesday, Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour All Day (2018-10-03) 264
Tuesday, Flew from Almaty to Dubai (2018-10-02) 234
Monday, Took the Cable Car up to Kok Tobe (2018-10-01) 291
Thursday, Took the train from Taraz to Almaty (2018-09-27) 264
Wednesday, Took a Marshrutka from Shymkent to Taraz (2018-09-26) 309
Tuesday, Day Trip from Shymkent to Turkestan (2018-09-25) 286
Sunday, Border Crossing Tashkent to Shymkent (2018-09-23) 343
Friday, Took the Train from Bukhara to Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2018-09-21) 318
Thursday, Took the Train from Samarkand to Bukhara, Uzbekistan (2018-09-20) 413
Tuesday, Took Shared Taxis from Dushanbe, Tajikistan to Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2018-09-18) 448
Monday, Went to the Mekhrgon Baazar (2018-09-17) 317
Sunday, Went to the Hisor Fortress (2018-09-16) 371
Friday, Uzbek Embassy for a Visa (2018-09-14) 323
Thursday, Khujand to Dushanbe by Shared Taxi (2018-09-13) 299
Monday, Took Marshrutkas from Osh Kyrgyzstan to Khujand Tajikistan (2018-09-10) 438
Sunday, Spent the Day Exploring Osh Kyrgyzstan (2018-09-09) 362
Saturday, All Day Bus from Toktogul to Osh Kyrgyzstan (2018-09-08) 309
Friday, Shared Taxi from Bishkek to Toktogul (2018-09-07) 364
Thursday, Getting Ready to go to Osh (2018-09-06) 281
Tuesday, Returned to Bishkek from Karakol (2018-09-04) 270
Thursday, Mountain Biking from Karakol to Issyk Kul Lake (2018-08-30) 442
Tuesday, Went Hiking in Karakol Gorge National Park (2018-08-28) 428
Monday, Took the Bus from Bishkek to Karakol near Lake Issyk Kul (2018-08-27) 400
Sunday, Seeing More Sights in Bishkek (2018-08-26) 459
Saturday, Went Shopping at the Osh Bazaar in Bishkek (2018-08-25) 448
Friday, Crossed the Border from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan (2018-08-24) 350
Wednesday, Went to Shymbulak Ski Resort Again (2018-08-22) 315
Sunday, Hiked from Medeu to Shymbulak Ski Resort (2018-08-19) 396
Friday, Hike to Kok Zhailau (2018-08-17) 539
Wednesday, Hike to Alma Arasan Gorge (2018-08-15) 465
Tuesday, Exploring Almaty Kazakhstan (2018-08-14) 333
Monday, Crossed the border from China to Kazakhstan, Ile Yining to Almaty (2018-08-13) 427
Friday, Overnight Train from Urumqi to Yining China (2018-08-10) 364
Thursday, Urumqi Tour to Nanshan Southern Pasture (2018-08-09) 330
Tuesday, Kashgar to Urumqi Flight (2018-08-07) 263
Sunday, Kashgar Animal Market (2018-08-05) 443
Saturday, Huge Mao Statue near People's Park and Kashgar Old Town (2018-08-04) 290
Friday, Flight from Urumqi to Kashgar (2018-08-03) 312
Thursday, International Grand Bazaar Xinjiang in Urumqi (2018-08-02) 235
Wednesday, Trains from Dunhuang to Yumen to Urumqi (2018-08-01) 242
Tuesday, Back to the Echo Sands Site to Climb the Sand Mountains (2018-07-31) 286
Monday, Mogao Grottoes and Mingsha Shan Crescent Moon Lake (2018-07-30) 386
Sunday, Jiayuguan to Dunhuang by Slow Train (2018-07-29) 345
Friday, Jiayuguan Fort and Overhanging Great Wall (2018-07-27) 563
Thursday, Zhangye to Jiayuguan by Fast Train (2018-07-26) 320
Tuesday, Dafu Giant Buddha and the Danxia Rainbow Mountains (2018-07-24) 299
Monday, Fast Train from Lanzhou to Zhangye (2018-07-23) 345
Saturday, Hike to the top of Baitashan Park (2018-07-21) 298
Thursday, First Day in Lanzhou (2018-07-19) 417
Wednesday, Train from Xi'an to Lanzhou with a stopover at Maijishan Grottoes (2018-07-18) 287
Tuesday, Xi'an Day trip to Luoyang Longmen Grottoes (2018-07-17) 310
Monday, Recovered from Huashan Climb (2018-07-16) 256
Sunday, Xi'an Day Trip to Huashan Mountains (2018-07-15) 294
Friday, Night Bike Ride on the Xi'an City Wall (2018-07-13) 311
Thursday, Walked the Xi'an City Wall (2018-07-12) 318
Wednesday, Xi'an: Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Bell Tower at Night (2018-07-11) 279
Tuesday, All Day Trip to the Terracotta Warriors Site from Xi'an (2018-07-10) 272
Monday, High Speed Train from Pingyao to Xi'an (2018-07-09) 296
Sunday, Pingyao and Shuanglin Temple (2018-07-08) 410
Saturday, Day Trip to Mianshan Mountain (2018-07-07) 480
Friday, All Day in Pingyao (2018-07-06) 357
Thursday, Train from Datong to Pingyao (2018-07-05) 288
Wednesday, Day Trip to Hanging Monastery (2018-07-04) 243
Tuesday, Yungang Grottoes Day Trip (2018-07-03) 316
Monday, Train from Beijing to Datong (2018-07-02) 346
Sunday, Jingshan Park and Beijai Park (2018-07-01) 268
Saturday, Beijing Summer Palace (2018-06-30) 276
Friday, Great Wall of China at Badaling (2018-06-29) 272
Thursday, Tienanmen Square (2018-06-28) 295