Last week’s Indie Travel Challenge post prompt was about travel in Asia and where I’d like to go in Asia and/or what is my dream trip in Asia. The answer is EVERYWHERE!
More specifically, Cambodia and Mongolia are on my RTW itinerary. Angkor Wat Cambodia has been at the top of my bucket list ever since Matt Lauer went there for his Where in the World segment in 2002. I had never heard of Angkor Wat before then and with just a 5 minute glimpse of the place, I was hooked. I know I can easily spend a week there with my camera and so when I was putting together my RTW itinerary, Angkor Wat was one of the first places I included. I’m pretty psyched about seeing it!
Even though I can remember the instant I knew I’d have to visit Cambodia, I can’t remember for the life of me when I first got interested in Mongolia! The nomadic lifestyle that is prevalent there and the steppe with its wide open spaces and big sky are off the beaten path – exactly where I want to be. I’m not your everyday type of traveler who feels compeled to see all the tourist locations so Mongolia is perfect for me. It appeals to my sense of adventure and desire to live like the locals and experience different cultures in their most genuine forms. Simply taking a van trip into the Gobi desert won’t be good enough for me, I really want to live in a ger and learn about herding yaks and reindeer. Learning to make mutton soup and going to the Naadam festival in July are on the list too. Yak butter tea, however, will be a culinary adventure!
I’m going to have some time to experience both places as I’ve tentatively budgeted several months for each country. I’m open to whatever comes my way in each country and I’m looking forward to exploring all Cambodia and Mongolia have to offer.
Have you been to Cambodia or Mongolia? What are your recommendations for things to do or places to go?