Saturday, January 19, 2013

First stage of backpacking – Choosing Destinations

For the past few days, I've been doing a lot of research for my first backpacking trip right after the last day of my national service. I'm not sure how long it'll take but I think it's a case to case basis kind of thing. I'm not really sure where to go yet but I've already quite a few ideas in mind. Thanks to self help travel guide books and the library which is just a couple of blocks away.

1. North Luzon Loop (Philippines) – Using Manila as a starting point, I will venture northwards all the way to Vigan, Ilocos Sur, passing through a handful of beautiful provinces along the way (will stop over for a day or two if need be). Once I hit the northern most tip, will then continue on eastwards to the the Cagayan Valley for some cave exploring. A long trip down, southwards, back to Manila will then end the journey.

2. Singapore – Malaysia – Thailand via KTMB train route(Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad) – I thought of taking the KTM train/express to travel northwards all the way ti'll southern Thailand (Hat Yai) and probably taking a bus from there to venture around. From Woodlands (starting point) as a starting point, the train will then pass through known locations of Malaysia; Kluang, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Butterworth (gateway to penang and langkawi) and eventually, Hat Yai (Southern Thailand). This trip can get pretty costly though, I think?

3. The Java Expedition (Indonesia) – I saw this idea on Lonely Planet Guide, Indonesia. The journey starts in Jakarta followed by Bogor, Cianjur, Bandung, Pangandaran, Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Prambanan, then Solo. I believe Yogyakarta and Borobudur will be the highlights of the journey; having Yogyakarta as the cultural capital of Java and Borobudur for its famous temple.

The First option is void for now as June is the start of the monsoon season in the Philippines. I wouldn't want to get caught in the middle of a thunderstorms and Typhoons while I'm on a bus venturing the outskirt mountains of the South East. Might postpone it to November instead.

I'm still trying to widen my options at the moment. Hopefully I came up with something.


  1. Maverick! While you have been planning adventures,
    I have been here, lost in thoughts and daydreams.
    Truly, it is so refreshing reading this!
    It relives me to know that others, like you, are planning such wonderful adventures.
    My time for adventures is not yet, I still have other worries that cannot be neglected.
    I hope you are well, things have been a little peculiar for me, but I have sorted things out (I think).
    All your pictures in your previous post were great, by the way. I always love seeing your photos :-)
    take care!

    1. Hi Rina! Been awhile, hope you're doin fine!:) Ive not been able to access my blog recently, I dont know why but my internet provider is blocking it for some unknown reason. The only way is to access via my mobile phone.
      My national service will end in a few months time and I thought of going into some sort of adventure before going to university. It'll be a first time so my folks're bit doubtful haha.
      It's good to be lost in thoughts and daydreams, kinda breaks you away from the stressful and mundane reality, i do too, well sometimes, actually idk, maybe more often than I thought i do haha. Anw, I hope that you've sorted the peculiar things successfully! You'll be alright:)
      Take care and stay happy:)