Published on July 30th, 201311
Itchin’ to Hit the Trail Again
As you all well know by now, the TravelnLass has gypsy juice running through her veins. Thus, staying put for nearly 6 whole months even here in the coool greeen Shagri-la of Dalat isn’t exactly what I was born for. Indeed, I didn’t move to the other side of the Planet to sit tight in some g-forsaken rice-paddy, but rather to use said rice-paddy as a base to explore this half of the globe.
And so I have. And so I shall.
My teach contract is up next month so I’m itchin’ to get back on the trail. And oh my but I’ve got quite the little adventure planned.
Um, make that adventureS!
For I started out with but a single target: those legendary Himalayan mountains in NEPAL!
So I fiddled with air fares and found that the best fare for my travel dates (late August) was on Air Asia (as usual) routing one way from HCMC (SGN) through Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kathmandu (KTM) for $223.72. Fine. I didn’t book any return ‘cuz I’ll be footloose ‘n fancy free indefinitely.
But a few days later, I was Skyping with a chum in Saigon about our coming travel plans, and she mentioned that Air Asia had a fare from KUL to Borneo for a spell-binding $30 each way! Needless to say… Being the nimble nomad that I am (it pays handsomely to be footloose with no time/place commitments) and as I’d be no doubt routing into KUL on my return from Nepal, ANYWAY…
I mean – who WOULDN’T book a little side trip to Borneo for a mere… $60 rt.???
So I swiftly fiddled some more, opted for a 3 week stay in Nepal, booked a flight from KTM to KUL on 12 September, and then – treated myself to 17 days in Borneo for a handful of bucks!
So that’s the plan: Saigon to Kathmandu on 21 August; fly to Sandakan on Malaysian Borneo 12 September, and fly back to KUL on 30 September.
Wazzat you say? So I end up at an airport in Kuala Lumpur after nearly 6 weeks romping from snowy mountains to tropical jungles, and… then what? Presently I have NO ONWARD FLIGHT from KUL, and furthermore…
No immediate plan as to where on Planet Earth I might go from there.
You see, much as love my little L’Auberge Ami here in the cooool, greeeen hills of Dalat… And much as I genuinely ADORE the Vietnamese people and their remarkable culture,,. I’ve been living in Vietnam nearly two years now, and I’m itchin’ for a wholly new change. Not just a dash off to Myanmar for a few weeks (though I do plan to get there sooner rather than later), but a whole-hog MOVE to some place new.
And just where might that “someplace” be? I honestly dunno. The choices are vast, dizzying and utterly delicious. The entire world is calling and it’s tough to know just where my next Shangri-la might be. I’ve been mulling over the possibilities and have a few ideas, but all seem equally enticing at the moment:
- I have two fellow teach friends presently in Vung Tau (a beach town just 45 min. by ferry from Saigon, and could easily slide into another short gig with ILA (the school that I taught at in HCMC), or…
- Chiang Mai in Thailand is still whispering my name, so I might just give it a 6 month go. Or…
- I’ve also got a couple of more drastic options up my sleeve. Though I don’t think I’m quite finished exploring Asia just yet, I’m nonetheless thinking I might jump whole CONTINENTS and head…
Well let’s just leave that a cliff-hanger for now. Suffice change is in the wind for the TL, but there’s no rush to make any decisions just yet. After all, I’ve now got both Nepal and Borneo to explore, and who knows where my adventures there might lead?
In any case, stay tuned, and meanwhile check out some of the amazing sights I have to look forward to soon in Nepal and Borneo…