In only a few short days, Lee and I will be setting foot on a brand new travel adventure on a continent where neither of us has ventured before. We will be flying from Washington DC, USA to Bangkok, Thailand to embark on a backpacking trip around Southeast Asia!
Between the cheap cost of living in Thailand, the gorgeous beaches and the multitude of stunning sights, it is an extremely popular location with backpackers. We have both been looking forward to exploring this part of the world for years!
In our signature “trust-your-future-self” style we have very few concrete plans. We have a rough idea of visiting Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and maybe elsewhere in the region, but we will see where the road ends up taking us. Let the journey begin!
What We Are Looking Forward To in Thailand
We are absolutely twitching with excitement for our next big travel adventure and here are some of the aspects of Thailand that we are looking forward to the most:
The Cost of Living in Thailand
We will get a better sense of this when we get our feet on the ground but from the research we have done Southeast Asia sounds like an incredibly cheap place to travel. We have read countless travel blogs praising the cheap cost of living in Thailand. Apparently you can get hostels for $5-$10 per night and plates of food for mere pocket change. After spending a year in Canada and the USA, two very expensive countries to travel in, Lee and I (and our bank balance) are really looking forward to the cheap cost of living in Thailand.
Although the cost of living in Thailand is cheap, the food is amazing. Our research tells us that we can get absolutely gorgeous fresh and delicious Thai food for cheap prices, so we are prepared to feast like kings on spicy, aromatic and exotic dishes that we have never tried before.
Meeting Other Backpackers
Since we have been traveling quite geographically remote regions of Canada and the USA recently, we have missed out on the company of other budget backpackers like ourselves. Not to say that we will not embrace the local culture, but we also will love meeting other interesting travelers from around the world in our hostels in Thailand.
History and Culture
As the art, architecture and history geek in this traveling couple, I am looking forward to exploring the ancient ruins and historical sites of Southeast Asia. Visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the largest Hindu temple in the world, has been on my bucket list for a long time as well as Hoi An, Vietnam, a city with a very well preserved architectural heritage. (Ok, I can tell that I am boring you all now so that is enough geekiness out of me.)
Weird Wacky Adventures
One of the things that we love most about travel is the unexpected. We are thrilled when we end up in weird, wacky and wonderful situations that we never could have predicted. We hope that exciting and exotic Thailand will bring us new friends, hilarious situations, moments of epiphany and travel experiences that we will never forget.
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