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5 months traveling around Southeast Asia

Updated: Jan 13

5 months of travel, 6 different countries, 38 cities and so many memories to tell.

Sometimes we still can't believe that we are really here making this dream come true, traveling through Southeast Asia with no return date. It's been an incredible trip, much better than we ever imagined. Everything has been going so well and we couldn't be happier that we decided to embark on this great adventure.


The best view to Mount Agung is from Langwan Sweet
View to Mount Agung from Langwan Sweet

Our journey so far

We started this trip through Southeast Asia at the end of March, in Thailand, where we participated in Songkran - also known as the water festival - in which for several days we walked the streets dousing the population in authentic water battles.

The second country we visited was Laos, the city of Vang Vieng captured our heart. A must-see for all backpackers, Vang Vieng has unforgettable landscapes, authentic viewpoints and so many captivating activities to do.


We headed to Vietnam, which we explored from north to south for a month. We started in the chaotic city of Hanoi, took a cruise around Halong Bay - one of the seven natural wonders of the world - and trekked through the green mountains of Sapa. Hoi An also left us enchanted by its romantic atmosphere full of colorful lanterns.


Clay tunnel in Da Lat
One of the many great sculptures of Da Lat Clay Tunnel park

We headed to Cambodia, where we met the most smiling people on the entire trip. Everyone was so friendly and very happy that we were visiting their country. Here we visited Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world, and Koh Rong, an island still little known with completely paradisiacal beaches.


We returned to Thailand to explore the south and eat some more Pad Thai. We loved the beaches and especially the water temperature (sooooo warm). The Phi Phi islands left us enchanted, especially Phi Leh Lagoon, which looks like something out of a movie.


We flew to Kuala Lumpur, the most multicultural city we've ever been to, and where we had one of the most enriching experiences of the entire trip. We were invited by a Muslim couple to go to their house for lunch and we spent a great afternoon with them learning more about their customs and religion.


We entered Indonesia through Bali, a destination that we were sure we wouldn't like and we couldn't be more wrong... Without expecting it, we immediately fell in love with Bali. Here we find everything we like, nature, beaches, waterfalls, incredible landscapes, captivating culture, and especially the people, who are the most affectionate people we have ever met.

We headed to the Gili Islands, which have the bluest water we've ever seen and where we fulfilled our dream of swimming with turtles. We ended the month in Lombok where we watched the most beautiful sunset of our lives.


The wonderful waterfalls of Bali
One of the many waterfalls in Bali

Where are we now?

We are in Sumatra and after a few days we can say with certainty: that Indonesia is much more than Bali. Here we had one of the best experiences of the trip, a 3-day trek through the jungle, where we saw lots of wildlife in their natural habitat.



What did we say more in 5 months of travel?

Having been traveling for so long, some phrases are part of our daily lives. And today we want to share some of them with you:

  • What day is Today?

  • What time is it in Portugal?

  • What day of the week is it?

  • How hot!!!

  • What are we going to do tomorrow?

  • I can't believe we're actually doing this.

  • It's really cool!

  • Today we have to post.

  • I'm all sweaty.

  • Ask for the wi-fi pass (Inês)

  • What is the wifi pass? (Frames)

  • No, thank you (repeatedly in street markets)

  • How much? (street markets)

  • I'm hungry!

  • I am thirsty!

  • I don't feel like eating any of this (Inês)

  • Nothing else fits in this backpack!!

  • Where are we? (Inês)

  • Shall we eat ice cream?

  • It's spicy!!

  • We have to book the hotel for tomorrow.

  • We'll see that tomorrow.

  • What did he/she say his/her name was?

Pagoda beach, the best of Koh Rong
Pagoda beach, the best of Koh Rong

Where are we going

Initially, our trip would last 6 months but we are enjoying being on this side of the world so much that we decided to extend the trip a little longer. We just need to decide the destination... We have several places we would like to go but we can't decide... We will continue to share everything on our Instagram page, and that's where you can see what our final decision will be.


How we stay connected to the world while traveling

While traveling outside of Europe we never use our European service to stay connected to the Internet. The prices are absurd, so there are two alternatives: Buy a SIM card from the country where you are or buy an eSIM.

We have already used both alternatives and both work well.

Regarding the eSIM, we always use the Airalo one. All you need to do is have an eSIM-compatible cell phone and purchase the card through the Airalo app. Simple and easy!


Don't forget your travel insurance!

Traveling is an exciting experience, full of adventures and unforgettable moments. However, it is essential to be prepared for any unforeseen events during your trip. That's where travel insurance comes in, an indispensable ally to guarantee peace of mind and safety while exploring new destinations. The insurance we use is from IATI Seguros!

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This has many types of travel insurance depending on your type of trip and different coverage. In addition, when purchasing insurance through our link, you are guaranteed a special 5% discount. Don't let unforeseen circumstances spoil your adventure!


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