Starting to take shape

Today, after postponing proper planning of our travels for way too long, we opened “Lonely planet: Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and greater Mekong region”. we then stared at the pictures for a while and closed it without actually planning too much…

We have decided to take a plane from Shanghai to Hanoi, instead of the other option which was a 40 hour train from Shanghai to Kunming (Yunan) and the a bus through some rice terraces to a boarder crossing in northern Vietnam. This decision is one part lazy, one part practical – as Danit’s visa will expire soon and we don’t want to be pressured to cross the boarder before she become illegal. Our likely date of departure will by July 26th, but we haven’t booked tickets quite yet.

In the mean while, the time has come to start packing. We’re putting things into any suitcase we have and sending them by post, 20 Kg at a time, back home. They should be home before we get there, but only just. In China post we trust.

I’m going to try to keep this blog up to date with info on our travel planning and travel. hopefully posting some pictures here as we go along.