(Cua family)Malaysia Trip for 10 days

Planning

Day 1:  Fly to Johor Bahru, night at Town

Moving : flight, foot

Day 2:  Around Johor Bahru ( LegoLand)

Moving : foot, taxi, bus

Day 3 :  Fly to Pennang – Night at George Town

Moving : Flight, Foot

Day 4:  Walking Around George Town – Ferry to Langwaki –Night at Kuah Town

Moving : Foot, Ferry

Day 5:  Cenang Pengtai Beach – Telega Habour Park – Oriental Village – Skybrigde

Moving : Motocycling

Day 6 : Mangrove tour – Eggle Square

Moving : Boat, foot, Moto cycling

Day 7: Langwaki Island around Moto Cycling – Moved to Pennang – Night at George Town

Moving: motorcycling, Ferry

Day 8: Blue mansion – Peranakan mansion – Tropical spice garden ­- Butterfly farm – Kek Lok Si

Moving : Foot, Hop on hop off bus

Day 9: Chew Jetty –  Street Art: – Batu Frrringhi – Penang Hill

Moving : Foot, tricycle, taxi

Day 10 : Relax and fly to Ho Chi Minh city

Moving : Foot, flight

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit

annapurna-circuit

 No Start Finish Transport
From Day Time To Day Time Type Cost
1 Day 1 SaiGon 25-Jan 18:55 Kuala Lumbur 25-Jan 21:50 Flight  $    80.00
2 Day2 Kuala Lumbur 26-Jan 17:35 Kathamandu 26-Jan 19:45 Flight  $  115.87
Arrival in Kathmandu at noon. Afternoon : prepare equipment, food. Get entrance permit also TIMS card at Tourism Information Board in Kathmandu.
3 Day3 Kathmandu – Ghermu (1130 m) – Car and Jeep (8-10hrs drive)
Rent a private car to Benshisahar then swicth to Jeep to Ghermu. 7 – 8 scenic drive through Prithivi high way
4 Day4 Ghermu – Dharapani (1900 m) Ghermu – Jagat – Chamche – Tal – Karte -Dharapani
Begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We walk through a wide and flat valley, then the journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m.
5 Day5 Trek to Koto (2640 m) Dharapani – Bagarchap – Dannaqyu – Koto
There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition Zone before the dry highlands. Before we reach to Danaque we walk through a pine forest and mani walls. With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, & then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m.
6 Day6 Trek to Upper Pisang (3310 m)  Koto – Chame – Bhratang ¬- Dhukur Pokhari – Upper Pisang
As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300m. We continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range.
7 Day7 Trek to Manang (3500m). Upper Pisang – Ghyaru (3730m) – Ngawal (3680m) – Humde (3330m) – Bhraga – Manang
Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru. We pick the northern route though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bhraga (3450m) to nearby Manang at 3500m.
8 Day8 Half day for Acclimatization –   Half day for Khangasar
Wake up late. Lazy morning, enjoy the atmoshere and good cake in peaceful town.
Depart at 2pm for Khangasar (about 3hrs on trail). Overnight in Khangasar.
9 Day9 Trek to Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4,150m)
Heading toward Tilicho lake. One to two hours after Khangasar we will find Tilicho Peak Hotel (4.070 m) where we have lunch. Tilicho Base Camp Hotel is a further three hour walk from there.
10 Day10 Trek to Tilicho Lake (4,920m) back to Tilicho Peak Hotel (4.070 m)
The lake is reached by walking three hours up from the Tilciho Base Camp Hotel in the morning then back to Tilicho Peak Hotel for over night. Snow leopards are around in this area but we are more likely to see blue sheep and yaks. Being at the lake can be cold as it can be very windy
11 Day11 Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m)
From Tilicho Peak Hotel we trek directly to Yak Kharka via Old Khangasar.
12 Day12 Trek to Phedi or High camp (4600m)
The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600m, we can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Our overnight stay will be there.
13 Day13 Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3710m) High Camp – Thorung La – Muktinak – Raipauwa
The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top.
After the pas, we keep down hill to Muktinath. Arrive in Muktinak at noon, we keep wakling for another 30 minutes to Ranipauwa because Muktinath is expensive, a mess and not an endearing place to stay.
After lunch and short rest, we retrace our steps back up to Muktinath to visit the shrines. Muktinath is a pilgrimage centre for both Buddhists and Hindus, it is home to the Vishnu temple of Jiwala Mayi as well as several Buddhist monasteries. It is believed that all your sins are relieved when visiting this temple of Lord Vishnu. In an old temple you can find the natural spring and natural gas jets which produce the eternal flame of Muktinath, it is this combination of earth- water -fire that gives the area its particular religious significance.
14 Day14 Trek to Kagbeni (2.800 m) Ranipauwa – Jhong – Jharkot – Kagbeni
Instead of taking the main road out of Ranipauwa, we took a side-trip this morning to see a couple of villages on the other side of the Jhong valley. These villages are officially in the Kingdom of Mustang and only recently have expensive travel permits been waved. So contrary to the relative metropolitan pilgrimage bustle of Muktinath, the other towns in the Jhong valley retain their more quiet and less touristy demeanor.
We then head back across the farmland of the valley to Jharkot, with its red gompa prominent on its ridge. As part of the Tibetan/Upper Mustang influence, the people in this region follow some of the practices of the Bon.
As the trail down to the Kali Gandaki river, the jeep traffic kept to the left , head for Jomsom. We continue to the right which lead to our not-to-be-missed town of the whole AC, the verdant Kagbeni.
Kagbeni is the gateway to the restricted land (The Upper Mustang, an ancient kingdom) and remains a part of the Upper Mustang culture. It is large enough for hours of exploring, and exotic enough to make that exploring worthwhile.
15 Day15 Trek to Marpha (2.670 m) via Lupra (3.000 m) Kagbeni – Lupra – Jomson – Marpha
Leave Kagbeni, we trek along Kali Gandaki river lies within a rain shadow. Instead of heading straight to Jomsom, we took a sidetrip: left at Panga Khola and up its debris filled riverbed up to Lupra, a small village, one of the last places in the world that you can see the ancient Bonpo Religion in action.
After 2 hours detour, we back on the Kali Gandaki passed massive, twisted rock head to Jomson to. After lunch, we start out to Marpha, the Delightful Apple Capitol of Nepal J. The narrow street in village is very clean and bright with its white stone wall and swept pavement, according some trekker, Marpha is the cleanest village they’ve been in Nepal.
16 Day16 Drive to Ghorepani (2.850 m)
17 Day17 Trek Poonhil (3.190 m) and arround
Early morning, we strat ascent to Poonhill excussion one-hour climb. One can have the excellent views of 30 peaks of Himalayas and in spinning best views of Rhododendron flowers in its vicinity or in the trail in between Ghorepani – Ghandruk (The red one called ‘Lali Guras’ is the national flower of Nepal). Wander about rhododendronforest in afternoon.
18 Day18 Drive to Pokhara – Kathamandu
19 Day19 Kathamandu Kuala Lumbur Flight
Kuala Lumbur 16-Feb 17:00 SaiGon 16-Feb 18:05 Flight  $    80.00

 

Quang Binh – Quang Tri : Natural Heritage and History

This plan was done on 30/04/2013 festival.

I just want to optimize  3-days trip for someone who would like to concern!

Day 1 Moving to Quang Binh & Hostel
Day 2 The world natural heritage by motobike:
– Thien Duong Cave
– Quang Binh delta life
– Phong Nha – Ke Bang Cave
Day 3 Quang Tri – Historical trip by motobike:
– Ho Chi Minh road
– Truong Son martyrs cemetery
– Thach Han river – Quang Tri ancient wall
– Ben Hai river – Hien Luong bridge – Vinh Moc tunnel.
Day 4 Quang Binh riverside life:
– Nhat Le river ( Mother Suot monument)
– Quang Binh sea for swimming
– Dong Hoi city
– Seafood – BBQ at coast
Day 5 Come back home

Because I came to my friend’s home during this trip, I can not update the service’s price for this plan. Anyway, there is something to share:

Time : 27/04/2013 to 1/5/2013.

Ticket for Thien Duong Cave : 120.000 VND/pax

Ticket for Phong Nha Cave : 1.200.000 VND/boat ( the small boat for 5 pax) for the long journey (1.5km)

You can fly to Quang Binh ( Dong Hoi airport) from Ho Chi Minh or Ha Noi or you can go there by train or bus.

 

 

Myanmar : A 18 days trip for Photography

This plan had been done :

 No Start Finish Transport
From Day Time To Day Time Type Cost
1 4-Feb-13 SaiGon 2/4/2013 21h00 BangKok 2/4/2013 23h00 Flight
2 5-Feb-13 Bangkok 2/5/2013 7h00 Yangon 2/5/2013 8h00 Flight
Hostel and around center of city – walking tour
Sunset at Kandawgyi Lake  and out side the Shwedagon Paya.
Night of Yangon : china town.
3 6-Feb-13 Taxi to Bago: 1 day trip.

Sunset at Inya Lake.

5 7-Feb-13 The Shwedagon Paya in the morning

Slow train around yangon for normal life.

Yagon 2/7/2013 19:00 Bagan 2/8/2013 5:00 Night Bus
4 8-Feb-13 Cycling temple bagan.
Sunset at Schwesandaw Paya
6 9-Feb-13 Cycling temple bagan.

Sunset at another paya

7 10-Feb-13 Sunrise at Schwesandaw Paya

Temple bagan by horsecart

Sunset at Temple

8 11-Feb-13 Relaxing in Bagan. Restaurent beside river.
Bagan 2/11/2013 18:30 Kalaw 2/12/2013 3:00 Night  Bus
9 12-Feb-13 Relaxing in Kalaw – Local market
10 13-Feb-13 Kalaw Inle Lake Trekking
11 14-Feb-13
12 15-Feb-13 Cycling to Maing Thauk  village – wooden bridge – walking up hill to a peaceful  forest monastery
13 16-Feb-13 Boating Inle Lake all days ( follow own route, sunrise and sunset)
Floating Garden – Indein village – Alodaw Pauk pagoda
14 17-Feb-13 Cycling around Nyang Shwe –   Mingala Market – Hot Springs –
Inle Lake 2/17/2013 18:00 Mandalay 2/18/2013 4:00 Night Bus
15 18-Feb-13 Mahamuni Paya – Mahagandhayon
Sunset at U Bein’s Bridge from Amarapura
16 19-Feb-13 Around Mandalay city by motobike, local market
Climb Mandalay Hill  for sunset: Mandalay Hill with a temple on top – this has great views!
17 20-Feb-13 Sunrise at Ubein bridge from Taungthaman Lake
Motobike to Saga and Mingun
U Bein’s Bridge for sunset
18 21-Feb-13 Sunrise át Ubein bridge

Taxi to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo): A Hill Station, 2 hour drive from Mandalay :
-The Great Botanical Garden,
-Magnificent Peikchinmyaung Cave

19 22-Feb-13 Mandalay 2/22/2013 12h00 Bangkok 2/22/2013 15h00 Flight
Bangkok 2/22/2013 19h00 SaiGon 2/22/2013 21h00 Flight

Time : From 5-Feb-2013 to 22-Feb-2013

Number of members : 4 paxes in first 5 days and 2 paxes for remains

Total cost for this trip was about 1015.78$ / pax:

1. International flight tickets ( SGN-BKK-Yangon and Mandalay-BKK-SGN) : 411$ / pax

2. Bus around Myanmar ( Yangon-Bagan-Inle Lake -Mandalay) : 52.38$/pax

3. Cost for treckking from Kalaw to Inle Lake :38.1$ /pax (2 days + 1 night)

4. Cost for Guest House : 190.5$/pax

5. Cost for moving, visting, food and drink : 285.7$

Note :

Taxi in Yangon : 80$/days.

Taxi in Mandalay : 60000 Kyats/day

Bicycle in Bagan and Inle Lake : 1500Kyats/day.

Horsecart in Bagan : 18000 Kyats/day.

Boat in Inle Lake : 17000 Kyats/day.

Food (lunch/dinner) : from 2000kyats – 5000kyats /pax.

Drinking water : 300kyats/bottle (1 litre).