Now that the holidays are over...nothing to look forward to but the trip....plus the holiday cash I got will come in handy for those pesky visa/health pre-departure expenses.(thanks everyone!)
Step 11: Buy waterproof camera case: done, bought a Dicapac 510 but haven`t tested it out yet.
Step 12: The two hour flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City has been booked. I was monitoring Jetstar for deals but was afraid the regular fare would go up so I booked and paid just over 1 Million Dongs ($75). If only the North American flight market was like the European/Asian ones. Oh the possibilites....
Step 13: Researched recommended vaccines and malaria drugs. Already have most of the vaccines that are highly recommended. I just needed the Typhoid Fever one which semi-paralyzed my arm the next day but all was well within 24 hours. Did a fair bit of research on the "sometimes suggested" ones and, given my itinerary and time of year I was going, I decided it wasn`t worth $700 to protect me from the minute risk of exposure. (Vaccines are expensive!). I also got Malaria pills and a precautionary prescription for Cypro (just in case). Total cost was only $115 this time around. ( I also stocked up on throat losanges that are essential for the larger cities where the smoking and vehicle emission standards aren`t quite up to North American ones.)
Step 14: Visa is not required for Thailand, the one for Laos can be purchased at the border and I sent my passport to Ottawa & secured the Vietnam visa. Total cost: $170.
As much fun a trip planning can be, I am tired...time to go to bed and have sweet travel dreams....