2015 - North-Eastern Thailand and Laos - Intro.

North-Eastern (I-San) Thailand and Laos, 16 Nov to 10 Dec 2015 (25days)
Total distance traveled: 6,307km & total expenses: RM2,642

Backpackers L-R: Chan Meng Fye, Chew Leng Soon, Ching Neng Bin
“This trip is a dedication to the late Bernard Lee Kar Giap and the fulfillment of his planned trip”. 
I-san also written as Isaan consists of 20 provinces in the northeastern region of Thailand. Isan is Thailand's largest region, located on the Khorat Plateau, bordered by the Mekong River (along the border with Laos) to the north and east and by Cambodia to the southeast.

Early in the year, 8 of us bought our air tickets, however, 4 pax withdrew due to work commitment. So we were left with 4 names and happened to have the first alphabet starts with the letter C, hence the 4Cs backpackers: Chan Meng Fye, Chew Leng Soon, Chia Chai Ling and Ching Neng Bin.

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Day 01 (16.11.15) AirAsia AK 856 KUL. 12.45pm to Chiang Mai, (1738km)
Day 02 (17 Nov) Chiang Mai to Loei to Phu Kradueng to Khon Kaen (691km)
Day 03 (18 Nov) Khon Kaen City walk around
Day 04 (19 Nov) Khon Kaen City to Kalasin (80km)
Day 05 (20 Nov) Kalasin to Sakon Nakhon (129km)

Day 06 (21 Nov) Sakon Nakhon to Nakhon Phanom (92km)
Day 07 (22 Nov) Nakhon Phanom - day trip to Thakhek, Laos (62km)
Day 08 (23 Nov) Nakhon Phanom to Mukdahan (125km)
Day 09 (24 Nov) Mukdahan - trip to Phu Pha Thoet National Park (108km)
Day 10 (25 Nov) Mukdahan to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (194km)

Day 11 (26 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse to Si Phan Don, Laos (291km)
Day 12 (27 Nov) Si Phan Don - a long walk to Somphamit Waterfall
Day 13 (28 Nov) Si Phan Don to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (291km)
Day 14 (29 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Si Sa Ket by van (67km)
Day 15 (30 Nov) Si Sa Ket to Buri Ram by train (148km)

Day 16 (01 Dec) Buri Ram - day visit to 3 places (219km)
Day 17 (02 Dec) Buri Ram to Nakhon Ratchasima by train (129km)
Day 18 (03 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima - day trip to Phimai (120km)
Day 19 (04 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok by train (264km)
Day 20 (05 Dec) Bangkok - Chao Phraya River boat ride to Khaosan Road

Day 21 (06 Dec) Bangkok - rest day and dinner at Royal Bangkok Sports Club
Day 22 (07 Dec) Bangkok to Prachuap Khiri Khan by train (320km)
Day 23 (08 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan
Day 24 (09 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hatyai by night train (660km)
Day 25 (10 Dec) Hatyai to Butterworth by train and to KL by bus (555km)
L-R: Chew Leng Soon, Chan Meng Fye and Ching Neng Bin

L-R: Chan Meng Fye, Chew Leng Soon and Ching Neng Bin
L-R: Chew Leng Soon, Chan Meng Fye, Chia Chai Ling and Ching Neng Bin