So many places to see...
We have been here about a month and a half now, school has started and is in full swing. I have my first exam this week, I've already turned in my first lab report and homework problem set, and most days are spent at the library. Besides school however, exchange is supposed to be a time of exploration and traveling the region. So Tuesday we spent the day booking airline tickets and looking into trips we can take.
- We have two vacations in the Semester, the first of which my parents will be here and we will be spending the week in Bali, Indonesia together. This is just two weeks away!
- The second is a two week vacation in November (which is supposed to be used to get ready for final exams) that we have decided we would like to spend in Vietnam. We booked airline tickets and started looking into tours we can take through the country. As of now we are planning on flying into Ho Chi Minh City, traveling up the coast to Hoi An and then continuing up to Hanoi, Sapa Valley and Halong Bay, then flying out of Hanoi back to Singapore.
- I have booked airline tickets to Cambodia, where I will be visiting some extended-extended family in Phnom Penh (my cousin Chad is married to Heather and her aunt and uncle live and work in Cambodia). I will be spending some time with them and volunteering with the work they do. Here is the websight that shows what work they are involved with: http://www.familycare.org/network/family-care-cambodia/ We also hope to visit Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor Wat at somepoint in our travels.
- Bailey and I are planning to travel to Thailand after the semester ends, for a few weeks in December. Hopefully visiting Bangkok, Phuket and maybe even attending a full-moon party out on the island of Ko Phangan.
Along with those bigger trips we have been looking into a few weekend trips, including Bintan, Indonesia and Malacca, Malaysia.
Although none of these trips are absolutely set in stone, it is a fun process to begin planning all of our travels, and I cannot wait to see all of these places!