Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report Welltraveledbrit's Round-the-World, Turkemistan, Uzbekistan, India, The Maldives & Kunming

Jump to last reply

I think I must have lost my mind...who does a six week round-the-world trip combining places like Turkmenistan and the Maldives? I planned it for my birthday so I have no one to blame but myself!

There's a reason people don't do this, it's a logistical nightmare. It seems like we've been applying for visas forever... in the case of Turkmenistan you have to get a "Letter of Invitation" from the travel agent before you can apply the visa! But now everything is in order, thank goodness the Maldives doesn't require a visa!

However, despite all the hassle including;
The Chinese Consulate in San Francisco turning down my visa application and saying I have to apply in Bangkok, and

Uzbekistan Airlines changing the date and time of our Tashkent to Delhi flight, throwing the entire itinerary out by two days, which meant I had to change all the hotel reservations and all the award flights I had booked...

we are on our way leaving on Wednesday! Yeah.

We're burning United miles and will mainly be flying on award tickets with Lufthansa and Singapore. I've combined a round trip to Europe, Turkmenistan counts as Europe (SFO-ASB, ATH-SFO) and a roundtrip to Asia (BKK-SFO-NYC-BKK) to make two round the world flights, this one and one at the end of the year when we'll combine the returns SFO-NYC-BKK, ATH-SFO, I still have to but a ticket between Bangkok and Athens.

Our route will be SFO-Ashgabat (ASB) overland through Uzbekistan for two weeks, fly to Delhi, a quick 10 day in India for some luxury, revisiting Udaipur, Ranthambore and seeing the Taj. A week in the Maldives relaxing, flying Delhi-Singapore-Male a fews days in Bangkok to sort out my Chinese visa and finally a week in Kunming visiting a friend, my first visit to China.

Looking forward to the combination of luxury in some places and adventure in others. We've wanted to see Bhukara and Samarkand for years. I'm so looking forward to looking at rugs in the market in Ashgabat, hopefully seeing a tiger in India and snorkelling in the Maldives.

If this is the reward it doesn't seem like turning 40 is too bad!

12 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Introducing MeganM
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 24, 15 at 03:23 PM
View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Khao Lak
  2. 2 Annapurna and Myanmar Circuits in May
  3. 3 Trip Report Bangkok, here I come! Yes, again!!
  4. 4 What is Most Interesting Taipei Area for First Timers?
  5. 5 Nepal - Earthquake (25 April 2015)
  6. 6 Trip Report Photos from India!
  7. 7 Japan, round two - the planning begins...
  8. 8 Trip Report Trip Report: Second Time to Japan - Sakura, Gardens and Castles
  9. 9 Yunnan: Dali, Lijiang & Shangri-la; how many days?
  10. 10 Vietnam Visa on Arrival - Help
  11. 11 Which is the best time to travel to North India?
  12. 12 Myanmar River Cruises
  13. 13 Siam Niramit show and dinner-Go or no go?
  14. 14 Leaving Thursday for Bangkok/Phuket
  15. 15 India Visa - BLS international. Lost passport FBI complaint
  16. 16 How to handle cash in Japan
  17. 17 Great Wall hike
  18. 18 Beautiful Trip To Naran Valley, Pakistan
  19. 19 Some Practical Advice on Japan from a just-returned first timer
  20. 20 Kerala, India - 10 day holiday
  21. 21 Trip Report Six days in Hong Kong
  22. 22 China, Hong Kong, Tibet
  23. 23 Storing photos while traveling
  24. 24 Mt Wutai or Mt Tai
  25. 25 22 hour overlay in Tokyo, any ideas?
View next 25 » Back to the top