6 Months Travelling – Backpacking In South East Asia Highlights

Cambodia motorbikes selfie 6 months

Our first photo after crossing the border into Cambodia with our bikes. We didn’t expect to end up here with our own motorcycles!

6 Months Travelling in South East Asia – An Epic Adventure

6 months ago we left Australia to embark on our latest adventure – to travel overland from Thailand to South Africa without using any air transportation. Long-term travel is nothing new to us. We have been backpacking for the better part of our (almost) 6 years together. However this is the most ambitious mission we have undertaken and we have a long way to go.

We started our trip with a quick layover in Singapore before we took our final flight to Phuket, Thailand. Looking back at our original time schedule, we thought we would be crossing Tibet right now, heading for Nepal. Instead we are still in SE Asia. We have fallen in love with this region and our typical slow style of travel has meant we are taking our time in exploring every place as thoroughly as possible. We’ve managed to travel over 12’000 kilometres so far without flying, and still have so much more to see!

We have seen and done a lot during our first 6 months on the road. We’ve completed some specialised diving courses. Learnt parts of five different languages. We survived a bus crash in Myanmar and got to watch the sun rise over the temples of Bagan. We spontaneously bought motorbikes in Laos and have since ridden over 4500km on them in three different countries.

Our website, NOMADasaurus, has been steadily growing day by day and has proven to be bigger challenge than we thought – however we are enjoying this project immensely and look forward to seeing where it will go in the future. Jazza has started working for South East Asia Backpacker as an ambassador and recently won a travel writing scholarship with World Nomads. Lesh’s photography skills have improved immensely and she has been gaining more and more recognition from some of her amazing shots.

Most of all we have made some amazing friends in the last 6 months. People we have shared incredible experiences with and who will remain friends for life.

Here are a few photos documenting some of our favourite and defining moments over the last 6 months. We can’t wait to see what the next 6 months will bring. Thanks for following along on our adventures!

Flying into Phuket. 6 months

Touching down in Phuket – our final flight until we reach South Africa.

Singapore jumping 6 months.

Celebrating being in Singapore.

Private beach kayak Thailand Ton Sai 6 Months

The time we kayaked to our own private beach in Ton Sai, Thailand

Rescue diver Koh Tao Thailand 6 months

The crew from our rescue diver course in Koh Tao, Thailand

Kayak Khao Sok national park 6 months

Kayaking in our epic floating lake house tour in Khao Sok National Park.

Vipassana meditation Chiang Mai Thailand 6 Months

Lesh just before her 6 day Vipassana meditation course in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Mae Hong Son motorcycle loop 6 months

Riding along the Mae Hong Son loop in Northern Thailand – The ride that made us begin to contemplate getting our own motorbikes for the rest of our SE Asia adventure.

Elephants in Pai Thailand 6 months

Lesh falling in love with elephants at Thom’s Elephant Camp in Pai, Thailand

Bus crash Myanmar 6 months

That time our bus didn’t quite make it to our destination in Myanmar.

Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon Myanmar 6 months

But when we did finally make it to Yangon, the trauma of the crash was worth it just to see the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Bagan temples Myanmar 6 months

The temples of Bagan in Myanmar. A bucket list item for us.

Teaching English monastery Mandalay Myanmar 6 months.

The day we were invited by a monk to his monastery to teach English to his students in Mandalay, Myanmar. One of our favourite days.

Slow boat Thailand to Luang Prabang Laos 6 months

Arriving in Luang Prabang after taking the slow boat from Thailand to Laos.

Motorcycle adventure South East Asia 6 months

The biggest defining moment of our trip – The day we bought our motorcycles to adventure around SE Asia.

Tubing Vang Vieng Laos 6 months

Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos. A day full of debauchery and mayhem.

Motorcycle adventure Thakhek loop Laos 6 months.

The most difficult road we’ve tackled so far on this trip. Part of the Thakhek Loop in Laos.

Canyoning Dalat Vietnam

Canyoning in Dalat, Vietnam. One of the funnest days we have had in SE Asia…So far…

50th dive Nha Trang Vietnam 6 months

A selfie from our 50th dive in Nha Trang, Vietnam. A small little milestone for one of our biggest passions.

Traffic Laos buffaloes 6 months

Typical traffic in Laos – Buffaloes hogging the road.

Traffic Ho Chi Minh City motorcycles Vietnam 6 months

The traffic in Ho Chi Minh City is unfortunately a hell of a lot crazier than just dealing with buffaloes.

Leopard shark Thailand 6 months

Our most memorable moment – Having this leopard shark in the Andaman Sea named after us by the University of Queensland. Meet ‘NOMADasaurus’ – the sexiest, most intelligent shark in all the seas!

Sunrise Mekong River Vietnam

A sunrise on the Mekong River. Representing the beginning of the next 6 months for us.

Thanks so much for following us on these adventures. We have some exciting plans for the next 6 months and some big news on some new projects and partnerships coming soon. Help us spread the word of NOMADasaurus through our social media platforms and please get in contact if there is anything you would like to see on here or if you have an idea or story to contribute. Happy travels everyone!

Comments

  1. says

    Wow I’m so jealous of you guys! You really are living the dream! A leopard shark named after you? Congrats! Really love this post, it’s so inspiring
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    • says

      Thanks so much Laura. I guess we really are living the dream. We have to admit finding out about that leopard shark was a huge highlight for us. So unexpected, and not everyone you meet has had that happen to them. Thanks for checking this post out. =)

  2. Kasse says

    Wow! Can’t believe it’s really been six months!! What an amazing journey so far. Looking forward to more stories from you guys and loving the pictures Lesh! Miss yas xxoo

    • says

      Cheers Kasse. The 6 months has flown by. We’ve had a lot of fun, that’s for sure. Thanks for following along, and Lesh’s head is growing larger and larger every day ;)

    • says

      So far it has been epic! We’re planning on cutting across China, into Central Asia (the ‘Stans), then Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey. From there we’re not sure how we’ll get to Africa, but we want to follow Central/Eastern Africa to Cape Town. Haven’t been before, but really excited about getting there!

    • says

      Would love to visit Pakistan, but we can’t get a visa on the road. We have to apply from our home country, which won’t happen for us as we aren’t planning on going home. Hopefully they change the visa laws so we can check out Northern Pakistan. Thanks for reading, Wasi. =)

    • says

      Oh shucks, Agness. You’re an inspiration to us as well! It was a fun 6 months, and only another 3 months to go to hit the year mark on this trip. Hopefully our paths cross when we make it to Europe next year. Thanks for reading.

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