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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) 630
Saturday, Nanjing to Beijing by Train (2018-12-15) 503
Friday, All Day in Nanjing (2018-12-14) 569
Thursday, Guilin to Nanjing by Train (2018-12-13) 494
Wednesday, Took it Easy in Guilin (2018-12-12) 400
Tuesday, Guilin to Yangshuo Li River Boat Tour (2018-12-11) 767
Monday, Went from Kunming to Guilin by Train (2018-12-10) 595
Sunday, Went hiking in Western Hills Park in Kunming, China (2018-12-09) 582
Friday, Jinghong to Kunming China by Bus (2018-12-07) 504
Thursday, Luang Namtha, Laos to Jinghong, China by Bus (2018-12-06) 678
Wednesday, From Luang Namtha to Muang Sing by Motorbike (2018-12-05) 433
Tuesday, Exploring the Luang Namtha Laos Countryside by Bike (2018-12-04) 496
Sunday, Biked from Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Waterfall (2018-12-02) 504
Monday, Luang Prabang to Luang Namtha by Bus (2018-12-02) 421
Saturday, All Day in Luang Prabang, Laos (2018-12-01) 508
Friday, All Day Bus Ride from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, Laos (2018-11-30) 458
Thursday, All Day Exploring Vientiane, Laos (2018-11-29) 461
Wednesday, Went from Kohn Kaen, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos (2018-11-28) 572
Tuesday, Went from Hpa An Myanmar to Phitsanulok Thailand (2018-11-27) 527
Monday, All Day Exploring the Hpa An Area (2018-11-26) 559
Sunday, Went from Yangon to Hpa An by Bus (2018-11-25) 668
Saturday, All Day in Yangon, Myanmar (2018-11-24) 571
Friday, First Day in Yangon, Myanmar (2018-11-23) 549
Thursday, Sunrise over the Pagodas, Night Bus to Yangon (2018-11-22) 587
Wednesday, All Day Exploring the Pagodas at Bagan Myanmar (2018-11-21) 779
Tuesday, Nyaung Shwe to Bagan Bus (2018-11-20) 510
Monday, Biking Around Inle Lake and Taunggyi Balloon Festival (2018-11-19) 563
Sunday, Kalaw to Nyaung Shwe and Afternoon Boat Tour of Inle Lake (2018-11-18) 569
Saturday, Went from Kalaw to Inle Lake by Motorbike (2018-11-17) 687
Friday, Went from Mandalay to Kalaw by Bus (2018-11-16) 612
Thursday, Went up Mandalay Hill and Sandar Muni Pagoda (2018-11-15) 561
Wednesday, Flew from Bangkok to Mandalay, Myanmar (2018-11-14) 597
Tuesday, Went to Grand Palace and Wat Arun in Bangkok (2018-11-13) 475
Monday, Flew from Colombo to Bangkok (2018-11-12) 481
Sunday, Galle to Colombo by Train (2018-11-11) 527
Saturday, Went from Tissa to Galle by Tuk-tuk (2018-11-10) 526
Friday, Yala National Park All Day Safari (2018-11-09) 494
Thursday, Took a Minibus from Ella to Tissa, Sri Lanka (2018-11-08) 1038
Wednesday, Hiked up to Little Adam's Peak (2018-11-07) 639
Tuesday, Took the Scenic Train from Kandy to Ella, Sri Lanka (2018-11-06) 578
Monday, Climbed Pedurangula Rock, Took the Bus to Kandy (2018-11-05) 547
Sunday, Cave Temple in Dambulla, Biking Around Sigiriya (2018-11-04) 514
Saturday, Bus from Kandy to Sigiriya and Minneriya National Park (2018-11-03) 701
Friday, Spent All Day Exploring Kandy, Sri Lanka (2018-11-02) 475
Thursday, Took the Train from Colombo to Kandy, Sri Lanka (2018-11-01) 519
Wednesday, Spent All Day Exploring Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018-10-31) 672
Tuesday, Flew from Delhi to Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018-10-30) 524
Monday, Flew from Kathmandu to Delhi (2018-10-29) 470
Sunday, Relaxing Day in Kathmandu (2018-10-28) 567
Saturday, All Day Bus from Chitwan to Kathmandu (2018-10-27) 544
Friday, Exploring Chitwan National Park (2018-10-26) 469
Thursday, Bus from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park (2018-10-25) 600
Wednesday, Swayambhunayh Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square (2018-10-24) 457
Tuesday, Hiked from Nagarkot to Naya Basti (2018-10-23) 644
Monday, All Day Hike from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2018-10-22) 560
Sunday, All Day Hike from Sundarijal to Chisapani (2018-10-21) 610
Saturday, Spent All Day Exploring Kathmandu (2018-10-20) 536
Friday, Flew from New Delhi to Kathmandu, Nepal (2018-10-19) 428
Thursday, All Day Drive from Jodhpur to Delhi (2018-10-18) 403
Wednesday, Spent All Day Touring Jodhpur (2018-10-17) 354
Tuesday, Drove from Jaipur to Jodhpur (2018-10-16) 459
Monday, Spent All Day Touring Jaipur, India (2018-10-15) 539
Sunday, Another Tiger Safari in Ranthambhore National Park (2018-10-14) 487
Saturday, Morning Tiger Safari at Ranthambhore National Park (2018-10-13) 481
Thursday, All Day Touring Agra India (2018-10-11) 467
Wednesday, Delhi to Agra and Taj Majal Tour (2018-10-10) 423
Monday, India Gate, Qutb Minaret, and Humayun Tomb (2018-10-08) 445
Sunday, Flight from Dubai to New Delhi and First Day in India (2018-10-07) 438
Saturday, All Day Tour to Abu Dhabi from Dubai (2018-10-06) 426
Friday, Dubai Marina Beach (2018-10-05) 652
Thursday, The Old Souk and the Dubai Creek Boardwalk (2018-10-04) 541
Wednesday, Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour All Day (2018-10-03) 406
Tuesday, Flew from Almaty to Dubai (2018-10-02) 370
Monday, Took the Cable Car up to Kok Tobe (2018-10-01) 478
Thursday, Took the train from Taraz to Almaty (2018-09-27) 380
Wednesday, Took a Marshrutka from Shymkent to Taraz (2018-09-26) 471
Tuesday, Day Trip from Shymkent to Turkestan (2018-09-25) 399
Sunday, Border Crossing Tashkent to Shymkent (2018-09-23) 471
Friday, Took the Train from Bukhara to Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2018-09-21) 423
Thursday, Took the Train from Samarkand to Bukhara, Uzbekistan (2018-09-20) 606
Tuesday, Took Shared Taxis from Dushanbe, Tajikistan to Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2018-09-18) 637
Monday, Went to the Mekhrgon Baazar (2018-09-17) 469
Sunday, Went to the Hisor Fortress (2018-09-16) 576
Friday, Uzbek Embassy for a Visa (2018-09-14) 444
Thursday, Khujand to Dushanbe by Shared Taxi (2018-09-13) 441
Monday, Took Marshrutkas from Osh Kyrgyzstan to Khujand Tajikistan (2018-09-10) 586
Sunday, Spent the Day Exploring Osh Kyrgyzstan (2018-09-09) 523
Saturday, All Day Bus from Toktogul to Osh Kyrgyzstan (2018-09-08) 425
Friday, Shared Taxi from Bishkek to Toktogul (2018-09-07) 593
Thursday, Getting Ready to go to Osh (2018-09-06) 458
Tuesday, Returned to Bishkek from Karakol (2018-09-04) 398
Thursday, Mountain Biking from Karakol to Issyk Kul Lake (2018-08-30) 592
Tuesday, Went Hiking in Karakol Gorge National Park (2018-08-28) 579
Monday, Took the Bus from Bishkek to Karakol near Lake Issyk Kul (2018-08-27) 556
Sunday, Seeing More Sights in Bishkek (2018-08-26) 654
Saturday, Went Shopping at the Osh Bazaar in Bishkek (2018-08-25) 701
Friday, Crossed the Border from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan (2018-08-24) 485
Wednesday, Went to Shymbulak Ski Resort Again (2018-08-22) 476
Sunday, Hiked from Medeu to Shymbulak Ski Resort (2018-08-19) 585
Friday, Hike to Kok Zhailau (2018-08-17) 726
Wednesday, Hike to Alma Arasan Gorge (2018-08-15) 635
Tuesday, Exploring Almaty Kazakhstan (2018-08-14) 473
Monday, Crossed the border from China to Kazakhstan, Ile Yining to Almaty (2018-08-13) 566
Friday, Overnight Train from Urumqi to Yining China (2018-08-10) 517
Thursday, Urumqi Tour to Nanshan Southern Pasture (2018-08-09) 478
Tuesday, Kashgar to Urumqi Flight (2018-08-07) 406
Sunday, Kashgar Animal Market (2018-08-05) 681
Saturday, Huge Mao Statue near People's Park and Kashgar Old Town (2018-08-04) 433
Friday, Flight from Urumqi to Kashgar (2018-08-03) 432
Thursday, International Grand Bazaar Xinjiang in Urumqi (2018-08-02) 375
Wednesday, Trains from Dunhuang to Yumen to Urumqi (2018-08-01) 408
Tuesday, Back to the Echo Sands Site to Climb the Sand Mountains (2018-07-31) 412
Monday, Mogao Grottoes and Mingsha Shan Crescent Moon Lake (2018-07-30) 709
Sunday, Jiayuguan to Dunhuang by Slow Train (2018-07-29) 509
Friday, Jiayuguan Fort and Overhanging Great Wall (2018-07-27) 747
Thursday, Zhangye to Jiayuguan by Fast Train (2018-07-26) 493
Tuesday, Dafu Giant Buddha and the Danxia Rainbow Mountains (2018-07-24) 494
Monday, Fast Train from Lanzhou to Zhangye (2018-07-23) 485
Saturday, Hike to the top of Baitashan Park (2018-07-21) 441
Thursday, First Day in Lanzhou (2018-07-19) 580
Wednesday, Train from Xi'an to Lanzhou with a stopover at Maijishan Grottoes (2018-07-18) 516
Tuesday, Xi'an Day trip to Luoyang Longmen Grottoes (2018-07-17) 483
Monday, Recovered from Huashan Climb (2018-07-16) 356
Sunday, Xi'an Day Trip to Huashan Mountains (2018-07-15) 390
Friday, Night Bike Ride on the Xi'an City Wall (2018-07-13) 432
Thursday, Walked the Xi'an City Wall (2018-07-12) 420
Wednesday, Xi'an: Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Bell Tower at Night (2018-07-11) 413
Tuesday, All Day Trip to the Terracotta Warriors Site from Xi'an (2018-07-10) 402
Monday, High Speed Train from Pingyao to Xi'an (2018-07-09) 412
Sunday, Pingyao and Shuanglin Temple (2018-07-08) 586
Saturday, Day Trip to Mianshan Mountain (2018-07-07) 640
Friday, All Day in Pingyao (2018-07-06) 494
Thursday, Train from Datong to Pingyao (2018-07-05) 382
Wednesday, Day Trip to Hanging Monastery (2018-07-04) 349
Tuesday, Yungang Grottoes Day Trip (2018-07-03) 456
Monday, Train from Beijing to Datong (2018-07-02) 475
Sunday, Jingshan Park and Beijai Park (2018-07-01) 482
Saturday, Beijing Summer Palace (2018-06-30) 391
Friday, Great Wall of China at Badaling (2018-06-29) 373
Thursday, Tienanmen Square (2018-06-28) 504