As my time in Paris comes to a close, I can’t help but fantacize about my upcoming trip to Southeast Asia. And in order to hold myself accountable to having an amazing trip, I wanted to share my Southeast Asia bucket list. Considering I have fewer objectives on my Southeast Asia bucket list than I did on my French one, (which I failed at miserably by the way), I will hopefully be able to complete them all. I only have eight goals after all!
Take a cooking class in every country I visit.
True Life: I’m Obsessed with Food. And I know I won’t feel like I’ve really experienced Asia until I learn how to make local dishes from each region. Thanks to this blog, I’ve been able to set up complimentary cooking classes in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali and Bangkok. As a backpacker with a limited budget this is such a blessing!
Volunteer at an elephant sanctuary.
As a child my favorite stuffed animal was a grey elephant named “Ellie.” (Judging by this and my blog title it’s clear that I’m really creative with naming things, ha.) I’ve sustained a lifelong fascination with our pachyderm friends, so I can’t imagine anything more fulfilling than spending a day with them at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai.
Fight muay thai.
Muay thai is a far cry from my normal and serene yoga workout but I’m excited to give it a try. I’ve never tried martial arts so we will see how I fare- wish me luck!
Learn how to scuba-dive.
My dad and brother are both big scuba-divers who have dived everywhere from the Grenadines to the Great Barrier Reef. So after this trip to Southeast Asia my family will no longer be able to put me to shame because I’m getting certified! The company I’ve chosen to go with is Roctopus in Koh Tao- I’ve heard great things from other bloggers as well as TripAdvisor, and as any hardcore travel junkie knows, TripAdvisor can do no wrong.
Shopping Spree in Bangkok.
After living in Paris for a year and buying a grand total of three articles of clothing, I would love to go on a shopping spree in Asia for a brand-new and dirt-cheap wardrobe. I’ve heard there are particularly good clothes in the designer stalls at Chatuchak Market so you will find me there snagging lots of singlets.
Party at the Full Moon Party.
As a soon to be 23-year old, this is the time of my life for the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan. I can’t wait to deck myself out in neon, dance until the sun rises and sleep in the sand. Though I never thought I would pollute this space with this acronym, YOLO, right?
Tube in Vang Vieng.
Even if the party isn’t bumping quite like before, I’d still love to soak in the natural beauty of Vang Vieng from an intertube. Preferably with a bucket in hand.
Take a Thai massage course. And get lots of Thai massages.
As someone who suffers from really irritating neck, shoulder and back pain, there’s nothing I’d love more than to bliss out for an hour or two with a full-body massage. I’d also love to learn how to return the favor so taking a Thai massage course is definitely in order.
Is there anything else that should be on my Southeast Asia bucket list? I would love any tips!