For almost three years, I have been dreaming of a trip to Southeast Asia.
Research began after college. Planning came once I was in Korea. And the dream of this trip is the reason why I avoided the mainland during my vacations for the past two years, instead visiting all the islands.
For three years, the hills of Vietnam, the jungles of Thailand, the history of Cambodia, the food of Malaysia, the music of Indonesia, and the rivers of Laos have been simmering at the back of my mind.
Since I left Korea, it’s been a whirlwind. From the Communist sledgehammer of Tiananmen Square, the vast rolling steppe of Mongolia, and the candy-coloured churches of Russia all the way back to Europe – a medieval town in Spain, then an insane conference, a long break in Turkey, and finally a month living in one of the world’s best kept secrets in Georgia.
But still, the east has always been on my mind.
Just last Thursday, World Travel Market in London wrapped up, and on Sunday I arrived back in Istanbul for just two nights.
Tomorrow, I finally land in Bangkok!
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