Twenty Days in Asia

It is beyond an understatement to say that I was excited to be traveling to Asia. In truth, I researched and researched for weeks, if not months! What countries to visit? What cities to spend time exploring? I ultimately decided on a whirlwind twenty day adventure visiting Japan, Vietnam, and Burma (Myanmar).

caution meet wind kyoto sunrise
caution meet wind vietnam hanoi market

Let me start by saying that twenty days is a long time to be away. Somewhere near day ten you forget about your comfy bed and clean clothes back home and just embrace whatever wild adventure the day throws your way. It is rare that life affords us the opportunity to take so much time away and I am grateful that I was able to experience so many countries and cultures during one trip.

I spent the majority of my time in Burma. The country’s unique and tumultuous history, as well as the fact that much of the country had not yet been exposed to mass tourism was a huge draw. In truth, there were times Burma felt very isolated, but the people were incredible, and each region had a very unique vibe. In the end, I was so glad I chose to spend the majority of my trip exploring five unique cities in Burma.

The trip as a whole was life changing and it is impossible to pick just one favorite day, city, or country. However, these are a few of the highlights:

An evening trek through Fushimi Shrine in Kyoto.

caution meet wind kyoto japan fushimi inari shrine

Kayaking Ha Long Bay, Vietnam as the sun set behind the limestone formations.

caution meet wind vietnam ha long bay sunset

A sunrise hot air balloon ride over the temples of Old Bagan.

caution meet wind began hot air balloon sunrise

Staying two nights at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, and wasting the night away into the wee hours at New York Bar, feeling as if I was transported onto the set of Lost in Translation (my favorite movie of all time!)

caution meet wind park hyatt tokyo new york bar

I could go on for days and days about how amazing my experience was in Asia, but I’ll just let you see if for yourself.

Kyoto, Japan

caution meet wind kyoto japan shrine
caution meet wind kyoto japan shrine
caution meet wind kyoto japan
caution meet wind kyoto katen sushi
caution meet wind my fuji japan
caution meet wind shinkansen bullet train

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

caution meet wind ha long bay
caution meet wind ha long bay spring roll food photography
caution meet wind ha long bay view

Hanoi, Vietnam

caution meet wind hanoi vietnam
vietnam food photography
caution meet wind hanoi vietnam

Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar)

burma myanmar yangon market
burma maynamr market yangon
burma myanmar yangon food photography
mohinga soup burma myanmar food photography

Mandalay, Burma

burma myanmar nuns mandalay
caution meet wind inle lake burma myanmar
mandalay burma buddha
burma myanmar buddha

Bagan, Burma

bagan burma buddha
bagan burma hot air balloon

Inle lake, Burma

Intha Fisherman Inle Lake
inle lake burma
inle lake burma
caution meet wind inle lake burma myanmar

Ngapali Beach, Burma

ngapali beach myanmar burma
ngapali beach myanmar burma

Tokyo, Japan

tokyo japan sunset
ramen tokyo

If you want to see more from my Asia travels, check out the post about my night on a tradition junk boat Cruising Ha Long Bay, and look out for more The Perfect Day posts in the near future. I have lots more to share from my time in Asia.

Are there any cities in Japan or Burma you want me to highlight?

burma myanmar mandalay temple

Itinerary | Twenty Days in Asia

Day 1 | Depart USA

Day 2 Р4 | Kyoto

Day 5-7 | Hanoi & Ha Long Bay

Day 8-9 | Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar)

Day 10-11 | Mandalay

Day 12-13 | Bagan

Day 14-15 | Inle Lake

Day 16-17 | Nagpali Beach

Day 18 | Travel day! SNW – RGN – HAN – NRT

Day 19-20 | Tokyo

Day 21 | Depart Asia, Arrive USA

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