Trip Planning Itinerary Update – 9 weeks to go!

This time in nine weeks we’ll be at Sydney airport ready to fly to Singapore and the start of our big family adventure. So how is the planning going? Pretty good! Here’s how the itinerary is looking so far.

As much as I would like to be a fly by the seat of my pants type of traveller it appears I am not. My love of planning, along with the fact that we have to work around a few things with set dates (eg. wedding, volunteering month, Christmas) means that we have pretty much mapped out most of the six months. But, there are still some places with wiggle room.

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Kuala Lumpur – our honeymoon in 2004.

We are set for the first 16 nights, accommodation booked and all, which takes us from Singapore – JB (for Legoland) – Melaka – KL. After that we have 20 days until we need to be at the wedding location (Ko Pha Ngan) and only a vague idea of where to go in between. Penang is on the list, possibly Ipoh and the Cameron Highlands, some places in Southern Thailand. Not sure, really!

After those 20 mystery days we have 11 days booked of family wedding fun on Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Samui. Then we head to Bangkok for a few days before moving on to our one month homestay and volunteer placement in North East Thailand (exact location TBC) for September.

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Ton Sai Bay, Krabi (2004)

From the beginning of October we have about a six week gap in the itinerary. We’ll need to leave Thailand to renew our visas but will probably come back and spend more time exploring. This is the biggest itinerary hole and one that we’ll decide how to fill while we’re there.

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Perhaps a side trip to Laos? The Mekong River from Vientiane (2005)

In mid November we’ll be flying to London and will spend a week there (with Dave’s family) before two weeks in Scotland. In Scotland we’ll probably spend a week or so based in each of the places we used to live, Glasgow and Dundee, and do day trips from them.

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Scottish View (Ullapool, 2007)

From Scotland we’ll fly to The Netherlands, spend a few days in Amsterdam and then move on to The Hague to stay with our friends there for a few days. After that we’ll play it by ear again, I think, and make our way to Paris via one or two other places and spend a week there before back to London for Christmas and New Years with the family.

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Dave and Lil at The Hague, Christmas 2007

We’ll be flying out early January and hope to have a short Asian stopover on the way home to warm up again. And shop. If there’s any money left. Dave is due back at work on the 13th January.

So that’s the plan so far. Very exciting!

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