my sabbatical journeys

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 to Wednesday, August 9, 2017
My most demanding journey in South-East Asia!
Never before did I ride a motorbike. Many epic stories of road trips on two-wheelers across Indochina intrigued me, so I wanted to try it myself. After some consideration, I bought my first bike in Vietnam and embarked on another journey. Little did I know how mesmerizing and strenuous it will become. My plan to drive from Hanoi to Luang Prabang seemed like a good idea. The combination of heavy rainfall, mountainous terrain, and a motorbike, however, was devastating. Surprisingly, it became a real adventure!
Friday, July 14, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Slowly getting used to the Vietnamese lifestyle and quirks
After visiting many ASEAN countries, I was staying and living in Hanoi. As a digital nomad, I can work from nearly any place. With its fast internet and many coffee shops, this noisy and crowded city was as good as many others. It has a small expat community but is not overrun by foreigners. Many westerners are staying temporarily for teaching English. As always, I tried to live as close as possible to the locals. This turned out to be a bit difficult.
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.