Thursday, 14 June 2007

The BIG Trip (PLANS, Plans, plans)

The map shows places we will be visiting (red dots), flight routes (blue lines) and overland travel (red lines). The dots not linked indicate places we will be visiting but are unsure of how we will be traveling there (although unlikely that we will overland from Australia to the US! - we have not yet booked this flight). Click on the map for a bigger view as the dots now seem very small.

The outline, so far, is...
15th Aug. - flight from London to Beijing, China
Stay in Beijing for 4 nights or so (Great wall, Forbidden City, cycle tour etc.)
Train to Xian
Xian for 2/3 night (terracotta army)
Train to Guillan (may go to other places on route)
Boat up the River Li to Yangshou
Stay in Yangshou for 2-3 weeks (Climbing, wowing at limestone towers, relaxing etc.)
Train to Vietnam (cross boarder at Dong Dang) to Hanoi
Travel down Vietnam coast via Ha Long Bay (Climbing??)
Continue down Vietnam coast by train or bus to My Tho and Ho Chi Minh City
Fly from Ho Chi Minh City (not booked yet) to Bangkok, Thailand
Fly to Krabi (not booked yet) and Ao Nag peninsula
Ton Sai climbing (we may have been there but it was that perfect)
Diving (Ko Lanta?) etc.
Back to Bangkok for 2 days sightseeing (Golden Palace etc)
12th November - Fly to Melbourne, buy car, catch up with Mark
Melbourne - buy car, catch up with Mark
Arapiles 'the worlds best crag' for a month (this is about 3hrs? from Melbourne)
Then 2 months working in Melbourne with trips to the Grampians (climbing), Tasmania??
2 months travelling south Australia (Blue Mountains + coast)
Work in Sydney then back to Melbourne
7th April - fly to Christchurch, New Zealand
New Zealand for 2 months - ?? no plans as yet - will buy the guide book while in Australia (bungee jump, climbing, touring, etc.)
Fly back to Australia (not booked flight yet) about 1st June
Australia for 3 months - travelling abound, maybe work (if needs must)
finishing diving the Great Barrier Reef
Fly from ?? to San Francisco (flight not booked yet) late Aug. start Sept.
Yosemite - Climbing (massive walls...) for at least one month
Travel around (hire car) Grand Canyon, Las Vagas, other climbing?
Los Angeles - fly home to England November 2008.
Get jobs, move back into our house, grow old.... as if.

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