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Trip Report Another South East Asian sojourn.

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We're 50 something Aussies who have developed an enduring fascination with South East Asia. It's relatively close and always interesting for us - the people, food, architecture, culture, art, street life and many other aspects.

Travel dates are 15 April - 18 May 2016. Yes, it will be hot everywhere.
This trip will include some new places, and some previously visited favourites.

The destinations are:
1. Malaysia - George Town (4N) and Ipoh (1N).
2. Vietnam - Hanoi (2N), then a customised trek through the Mai Chau Valley, designed to catch the Sunday morning market at Pa Co (3N). Hanoi again (3N). We spent two weeks in Hanoi in 2009, and hope to see some change and some same-same. I've booked a date with Hanoi kids.

We fly early morning Hanoi - Da Nang and will see the Marble Mountains before catching a mid afternoon train to Hue (4N).

We fly Hue to KUL via Saigon with a 3 hour connection.
DH goes home on an overnight AirAsia flight to resume house and dog duties from our sitter. I stay one night at Tune Hotel KLIA2.

Then, I continue solo to -

3. Myanmar - Mandalay (and hopefully Hsipaw) plus Yangon, (13N yet to be split).

This will be my fourth visit to Myanmar, so I know to expect the unexpected.
I will catch up with teacher friends in Mandalay and hope to travel to Hsipaw with them. I'll spend time in/around Yangon with another teacher friend.
I've learnt that making advance arrangements with Myanmar people is not so easy, they're used to last minute. I've built in flexibility, we'll see what happens.

I'll be on the hunt for amazing street food in George Town, the secret to making pho (yes, it's all in the stock) in Hanoi, and the best of Myanmars amazing salads.

Our flight leaves at 22.10 tonight. We're in economy on AirAsia for an 8 hour flight to KUL. I put in a bid for an extra seat and won ! This time I won't forget the neck pillows. I have sleeping pills, and I am prepared to use them, although I don't expect to get any real sleep.

We have a short connecting flight to Penang, and will take a taxi to our hotel in George Town. Assuming the room is ready, we'll collapse...or maybe not.
TBC.

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