my sabbatical journeys

Vietnam - Cambodia - Thailand
Saturday, July 1, 2017 to Thursday, July 13, 2017
Exploring the forgotten Empire of South East Asia, from Phnom Penh to Bangkok
This is the second part of my great Indochina Expedition. After travelling by train through Vietnam, I now set off to cross Cambodia by bus. In Ho Chi Minh, I met a new tour guide and a colourful group of travellers. Together we were about to explore the history and country of Cambodia. From the mighty Khmer Empire via the cruel Khmer Rouge to the current Kingdom. Cambodia has a lot to offer!
Vietnam
Monday, June 12, 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017
Crossing Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh in the Reunification Train
After the Vietnam War, a Reunification Train was built from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. This railway connects the country and offers a great way to travel. Instead of another solo travel, I entrusted Intrepid Travel again. My experience with them in Indonesia was great, so I had high expectations. This is the first part of the Great Indochina Adventure.
Sunday, June 4, 2017 to Monday, June 19, 2017
Embarking on my first guided group tour across Indonesia from Jakarta to Bali
A trip from Jakarta to Bali offers a unique insight into Indonesia. This adventure can be organised and travelled independently. This time, however, I wanted to experience a small group tour. Besides being too lazy to plan, I was very curious about the experience. Intrepid Travel was my choice because they promise an authentic experience. Admittedly, I was a bit sceptic about travelling in an organised tour group. For the adventure, I added a visit to East Timor.
Thursday, May 25, 2017 to Saturday, June 3, 2017
About the starch contrast between Metro Manila and the Philippines Islands
I had no plan and no idea what to do in the Philippines. All I knew beforehand, was that this country consists of two worlds. There is the loud, dirty and bustling Metro Manila – and then there are over 7,000 magnificent Philippines Islands. Many of them famous for white sandy beaches and colourful corals. Without booking anything in advance, I let the travelling magic happen. And it surprised me big time!