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Postby Mandie » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:30 pm

Yep kids, have just finalised some details, I'm going away!

FOR THREE MONTHS!!!!!!!!!

Flying from Perth to Bangkok, Thailand on December 5. Myself and 3 friends will head down to Koh Phangan to attend the infamous full moon party on December 6. We're then spending a few days chilling out at the islands down in the south of Thailand.

After that, we hit Bangkok and will check that out, and travel on some day trips from there (i.e. Bridge on the River Kwai).

Then, we head up north to Chang Mai, where we get to ride elephants! (I'm most excited about this). We'll do some jungle trekking, and stay in some random villages up there, meet some local people hopefully.

Just before Christmas, two of my friends head on home to spend Christmas and New Years with their families before they start work in January.

BUT, My other friend (Danielle) and I will carry on and spend a few days travelling up through Laos to the north of Vietnam (Hanoi). We will then spend around two weeks making our way south along the coastal towns of Vietnam.

We hit Ho Chi Minh City, where we will stay for six weeks. It's an elective term for uni, we will be spending the time studying/working at the Children's Hospital. It's going to be a really great experience.

After that, in late February, we head across to Cambodia for a few days, then over to Bangkok to fly home.

Get back home March 1.

On another angle, I reckon I'll even lose some weight - we're planning a lot of walking and trekking (so I'll have motivation to get my fitness up at the gym before we go) and we won't be eating that much, and it will be lots of vegetables and noodles and things.. so I'll see how I go!

So. Who's jealous? :D
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Postby Ally » Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:14 am

:shock: Mandie that sounds fantastic!! I reckon you'd be coming back quite a bit smaller than when you head over alright!! Good on you for going, I reckon you will learn a lot!!! Sounds like you certainly have a compact and full itinerary there mate. We will miss you :cry:
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Postby Maraver » Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:16 am

What a brilliant itinary what sights you will see
I am greeeeeeeeeeen with envy
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:22 am

thats wonderful mandie. what a wonderful opportunity. you will ahve a ball. wish i couldve travelled more before i started my fmaily but i will when heidi is older. ive been to africa and backpacked, hiked everywhere a few weeks was spent on safari and a few weeks were spent in remote villages. its wonderful meeting people :)

i came back and had lost so much weight. my family didnt recognise me at the airport when i went up to them haha. so funny. with the heat over there (and in asia) you sweat all the time so make sure you take lots of socks! and underwear). plus we jsut lived on carbs- breads, pasta and fruit that we had to peel. plus we drank water or soft drink.

you will have a ball and i expect to see photos!
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Postby KimE » Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:47 am

Oh Mandie that is wonderful and what a fantastic experience you will get to have. 3 months, lucky thing!! :D
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Postby Fairie » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:09 am

What a great adventure Mandie, sounds really great.

Stop in some of those internet cafes and say hi to use once in awhile. :D
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Postby SarahC » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:25 am

Wow... three months! How fantastic :D

Bet you can't wait 8)
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Postby tanya » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:27 am

you'll enjoy yourself so much. wish i was going lol.
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Postby LadyBug » Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:00 pm

WOW... that sounds amazing!!!

My MIL just got back from a holiday in Phuket and Bangkok... she loved it, especially Phuket!

Have a blast, we would love to hear from you along the way :)
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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:51 pm

Sounds fantastic!!
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Postby Dolly » Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:22 pm

Wow how exciting is that! :D
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Postby Mandie » Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:36 pm

Yup, I'm fairly excited.

Gotta get through exams first!

I'll definitely pop on during that time and say hi, not sure how often, but once we are based in Vietnam should have semi-regular net access!
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Postby Dolly » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:25 am

Good luck with those exams Mandie, I'll be thinking of you.
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Postby Mandie » Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:27 am

OH MY GOD.

I'm leaving in FIVE days!!!

I'm so excited/scared!!!

But it's going to be awesome :D

I'll check in when I can, but best of luck to everyone while I am gone - I know you will all do really well over christmas with the challenge!

Kate - will be awesome to see you on maintenance when I get back March 1!!!

Everyone else - KEEP GOING! You can do it!

I'll pop on and let you know how I'm going when I can, but if anyone wants to be on my e-mail list (going to e-mail friends long boring accounts of my adventures :lol: ) just pm me...

5 days!!! :D
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:31 am

oooh i pm'd you mandie!! i will try my hardest whilst you are away to make you proud! im really excited for you!
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