A few years ago, I got bit hard by a nasty little creature called ‘the Travel Bug.’ After exploring beautiful places such as New Zealand, Iceland, Italy, South Africa, Costa Rica, and more, there was one part of the world that was really catching my eye; Southeast Asia. I had never been before, and especially after visiting cold and expensive Scandinavia, Asia seemed like an inviting contrast.
I was planning on going with my sister and one other friend. With all of our different schedules, we could only plan on traveling together for 15 days. With a definitive time budget, we had to really plan out our itinerary. We all agreed on a few things:
The cities we wanted to visit: Chiang Mai, Koh Phi Phi, Siem Reap, and Bangkok.
Our accommodation standards: because we were all in our late twenties/early thirties, we weren't really up for slumming it in the hostel bunk beds anymore.
And our travel pace: we had a fairly fast pace at each city, hopping on to the next one after a few nights.