Round the World Trip 2007-8

These are my plans for my travels around the world…

Bangkok (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Friday 28th September: Leave London Heathrow on Flight QF2, 22:15, arrive 15:35
  • Saturday 29th September: 2-day GAP Adventures pre-trip Citybreak, staying at Royal Hotel.
  • Monday 1st October: GAP Adventures: Indochina Encompassed, presumably Royal Hotel.
  • Wednesday 3rd October: Chaing Mai
  • Thursday 4th October: Chiang Kong
  • Friday 5th October: Mekong River [Boat]
Laos (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Saturday 6th October: Luang Prabang [Flight]
  • Tuesday 9th October: Vientiane
  • Thursday 11th October: Hin Boun
Vietnam (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Friday 12th October: Hanoi
  • Sunday 14th October: Halong Bay
  • Tuesday 16th October: Hue
  • Thursday 18th October: Hoi An [Flight]
  • Saturday 20th October: Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)
  • Monday 22nd October: Chau Doc
Cambodia (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Tuesday 23rd October: Phnom Penh [Flight]
  • Thursday 25th October: Siem Reap/Angkor Wat
Thailand (Lonely Planet Guide)

Singapore (Lonely Planet Guide)

Perth (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Monday 12th November: Flight QF72, depart 09:00, arrive 15:10
    First 2 nights: The Emperor’s Crown
    Independent sightseeing to include Margaret River, Freemantle and Rottnest Island
Alice Springs/Ayers Rock (Uluru) (Lonely Planet Guide)

Sydney (Lonely Planet Guide)

Melbourne (Lonely Planet Guide)

Sydney (Lonely Planet Guide)

New Zealand (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Thursday 10th January 2008: Flight QF43, depart 11:40, arrive 16:45
    Independent travel (No set itinerary)
    First night, Auckland International Hostel (look out for the Airbus)
  • Purchased: Spirit of New Zealand Magic Buses pass, route:
    • Sector 1 & 2: AUCKLAND-WAITOMO-ROTORUA
    • Sector 3: ROTORUA-TAUPO
    • Sector 4: TAUPO-TURANGI-WELLINGTON
    • Sector 5: WELLINGTON-PICTON-NELSON
    • Sector 6A: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK
    • Sector 6: NELSON-GREYMOUTH
    • Sector 7: GREYMOUTH-FRANZ JOSEF
    • Sector 8: FRANZ JOSEF – QUEENSTOWN
    • Sector 9A: MAGIC MILFORD DISCOVERY
    • Sector 9: QUEENSTOWN-DUNEDIN
    • Sector 10: DUNEDIN – TEKAPO
    • Sector 11: TEKAPO – CHRISTCHURCH
    • Sector 12: CHRISTCHURCH-KAIKOURA
    • Sector 13: KAIKOURA-PICTON-WELLINGTON
    • Sector 14: WELLINGTON-NAPIER
    • Sector 15: NAPIER-TAUPO-ROTORUA-MT MAUNGANUI
    • Sector 16: MT MAUNGANUI-THAMES-AUCKLAND
    • Sector 41: AUCKLAND – HAHEI – WHITIANGA
    • Sector 42: WHITIANGA – AUCKLAND
    • Sector 17: AUCKLAND-WAIPOUA FOREST-BAY OF ISLANDS
    • Sector 17A: PAIHIA – CAPE REINGA DAY TRIP
    • Sector 18: BAY OF ISLANDS-AUCKLAND

Ended up with an extra 2 weeks in New Zealand, and everything else of course then moved back 2 weeks!

Santiago, Chile (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Monday 18th February: Flight QF321, depart 17:25, arrive 12:45 (bit of time travel involved there!)
    Staying Happy House Hostel
    Independent city sightseeing (think what want to see).
Lima, Peru (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Wednesday 20th February: Independent flight with LAN Airlines, LA634, depart 08:35, arrive 10:20
    Sightseeing; Hostel to book, maybe Barranco’s Backpackers or Inka Hostel, but think I will see if anyone at the Asia end has been to Lima!
  • Friday 22nd February: GAP Adventures: Southern Cross (this trip is not yet guaranteed, so here’s praying!), staying at Hotel La Castellana
  • Saturday 23rd February: Pisco
  • Sunday 24th February: Nazca
  • Tuesday 26th February: Arequipa/Chivay/Colca Canyon [Flight]
  • Friday 29th February: Cuzco (Leap Year)
  • Saturday 1st March: Ollantaytambo
Machu Picchu (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Sunday 2nd March: Inca Trail
  • Thursday 6th March: Cuzco
  • Sunday 9th March: Puno (Birthday)
  • Monday 10th March: Lake Titicaca
Bolivia (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Wednesday 12th March: La Paz
  • Friday 14th March: Uyani/Sular de Uyani Excursion
  • Tuesday 18th March: Potosi
  • Thursday 20th March: Sucre [Flight]
Brazil, Iguassu Falls (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Saturday 22nd March: Santa Cruz/Puerto Suarez
  • Monday 24th March: Corumba/Pantanal
  • Wednesday 26th March: Bonito/Iguassu Falls
Rio de Janeiro (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Tuesday 1st April: Curitiba/Illha Grande/Rio de Janeiro
  • Sunday 6th April: Rio de Janeiro, stay at Hotel Santa Clara. (end of group trip)
  • Sunday 6th-10th April: Visit Gaynor (unspecified)
Sao Paulo (Lonely Planet Guide)

  • Friday 10th April: Bus to Sao Paulo (unspecified)
  • Monday 14th April, Flight to UK, BA246, depart 16:20, arrive 07:30 15th April
  • Unless secure some TEFL work in Brazil, in which case could return any point by 27th September 2008.

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Find out the time: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ or http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/

Travel Providers: STA (Chris Mettam @ Manchester Oxford Road branch); GAP Adventures; LAN Airlines; Wayward Bus; Contiki; Magic Bus

Travel Forums: GAP Adventures Watering Hole; Bootsnall Travel Forums; TravBuddy; Contiki Forums

Equipment Stockists: Cotswold Outdoor; Blacks; Millets; Decathlon; The North Face; Tesco; Ebay; World Nomads; Aerotag

Useful accommodation links: Although I’d bought a YHA card, and checked through hihostels, I ended up booking most of my accommodation through hostelbookers.com (kept coming up cheapest), checking trip advisor before booking. I also checked out hostelworld.com; hostels.com; HotelClub (although hotels aren’t featuring much on this trip) .

Rough Currency Conversions: (xe.com: September 2007)

  • Thailand: £1 = 66 Baht/1 Baht = 1.5p
  • Laos: £1 = 20,000 Laos Kips/1 LAK = £0.00005
  • Vietnam: £1=33,000 Vietnamese Dong/1 VND – £0.00003
  • Cambodia: £1 = 8,200 Cambodia Riels/1 KHR = £0.0001
  • Singapore: £1 = 3.09 Singapore Dollars/ 1 SGG = 32p
  • Australia: £1 = 2.45 Australian Dollars/ 1 AUD = 41p
  • New Zealand: £1 = 2.92 New Zealand Dollars/1 NZD = 34p
  • Chile: £1 = 1,050 Chile Pesos/1 CLP = £0.0009
  • Peru: £1 = 6.40 Peru Nuevos Soles/1 PEN = 16p
  • Bolivia: £1 = 15.71 Bolivia Bolivianos/1 BOB = 6p
  • Brazil: £1 = 3.97 Brazil Reais/1 BRL = 25p

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