Wanderlust & Asia Prep

Wanderlust & Preparing for Asia

I have been getting posts ready to go for when we are away in Asia so that Greater Altitudes doesn’t miss a beat while I am disconnected from the world!

Good news for you? Yes! Bad news for me, because it means I have been super busy, as well as completely sidetracked thinking about all the adventures we are going to have in Thailand and Cambodia in just 3 short weeks! 

Travel hasn’t been a main focus of my blog up until this point, as I haven’t really done any recently and it seems a bit odd to fill you in on old travels of mine. However, have no fear! The wanderlust itch is well and alive in my blood and I can’t wait to share all of our fun in Asia with you when we return. 

Prepping for Asia: The Basics

My last big international trip was a whirlwind trip around Europe with just my backpack and my wanderlust. It was everything I could have ever asked for, but it definitely isn’t what I would consider “planned.” I typically would do whatever my heart desired that day and would take off on whim to a new city without even booking a hostel first. 

…Sorry Mom and Dad. 

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Anywhooooo, this trip has been extremely different. We have a limited amount of time (#adulting) and want to see and experience as much as we possibly can while we are there. Which has meant booking hotels, in-country flights and even some activities…wait for it… beforehand. Ugh. 

Therefore, I have been arms deep in blogs, guidebooks, and Pinterest for months now. 

The Itinerary: The Highlights

With all this research, I have actually put together an itinerary and am constantly adding possible adventures and attractions to a seemingly never-ending list of “if we want to-s”. However, there are some things we will not be missing! 

Temples, beaches, elephants (not riding), outdoor markets and cooking classes are all on the list! I wish I could get on a plane right now…Unfortunately, I have to go to work instead. Two of the bigger highlights we are looking forward to are:

  • Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This originally Hindu, now Buddhist, complex of temples is the largest religious monument in the world. It has long been on the top of my travel bucketlist and I can’t wait to get lost in these ancient temples that have stood the test of time. 
  • Another highlight and the main reason we are going straight to Chiang Mai when we get to Asia, is to see the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. It is the release of thousands of lanterns into the sky as part of a religious ceremony. If there is one festival in the world I want to attend, this is it. 

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The Itinerary: The Challenges

That being said, we have run into a few challenges along the way. Particularly, with the Yi Peng Festival. Turns out, it isn’t too  easy to find out the date of the Lantern Release. As it is tied to the lunar calendar, and the locals keep the date quiet. There is a “tourist” paid version, which is advertised. However, we want to be a part of the authentic, local “tradition” rather than the over-priced, tourist-only “attraction.”

You can read a little bit more about the struggles and joy of getting to and being at the authentic Yi Peng Fesitval over at Alex In Wanderland. 

Until Next Time, 

Ellen Taylor

 

 

Have any of you been to the Yi Peng Lantern Release? Do you have any must-do’s in Thailand or Cambodia that I am missing? What is on the top of your Travel Bucketlist? 

Share in the comments! I would love to hear from you! 



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