Trip Start Jul 09, 2012
11Trip End Jul 21, 2012
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Things are confused and complicated at the moment (yet it all seems to turn out for the best).
I planned this trip in March. In May when I asked my then boyfriend to join me in my last leg of the trip in Vientiane he declined (too expensive), and from then onwards things started to go awry. Communication between us was particularly atrocious, and he blamed me for NOT thinking about how he'd feel, and my deciding on whatever I want to do for myself, by myself. He accused me of having irrational decisions, so on and so forth. Long story short, he didn't want me to travel alone through Indochina so I told my Best Friend I wanted to cancel it (in the hope that I could save this miserable r/s). I gave myself an overnight to think about it, but without waiting for my confirmation my Best Friend already cancelled her work leave. Too bad, no partner for the first leg, but I still could go on, right?
Wrong. I had to reconsider about deferring my final semester. It is just 20 weeks more till I graduate. What is the use of deferring and saving money for next sem's funds when I could forgo my mid-year travel plans and focus on completing my studies now? So for the past weeks I went to bed every night and woke up every morning with heavy decisions, each day seemed more deliberate than the other. I didn't have the answers until I went back to Singapore and had a talk with my mother about my school fees. She was very furious to hear about my proposed deferment and offered a solution. I took it and vowed to myself to be wiser when it comes to spending my parents' hard-earned money.
Back to my miserable boy friend story. I don't know how it happened, but suddenly we found ourselves going solo in this relationship (yes we broke up). My canceling my solo trip didn't help at all, but as a compensation, he invited me to join him for 5D4N Bangkok trip from 9th to 13th July with his friend, as a friend. So I agreed, you know me, I'm an easy-going girl. Two guys and a girl in Bangkok, that spells FUN out loud, right?
Upon deciding to join Nabil and his friend in Bangkok, I booked a one-way SG-BKK Tiger Airways ticket that cost S$78 total (the cheapest of all I could find. Nabil and friend go via new-born Scoot). I thought, why spend more when I could actually use my crushed-plan Vientiane return flight ticket back to Kuala Lumpur? So this way, I can go on my own (Yippy!!) from Bangkok to Vientiane, then to Vang Vieng, then to Luang Prabang, then back to Vientiane, and then safely back to KL just in time for my final semester. It all falls into place, isn't it? (And Nabil has no say in this because, no guesses, we broke up! I'm free to roam!)
Another thing is my return flight with Air Asia. My original return flight is on 20th July, 09:45 from Vientiane (flight AK1413, booking reference GBYL8N). In early May AirAsia informed me the flight was cancelled, and they will process the refund somehow. But a week later an SMS came telling me the flight was change to 21st July 09:45. BUT, till now I have yet to receive the flight itinerary. Even when I checked in my AirAsia account 'My Bookings', the changed VTE-KUL flight is not there. :( I really need this flight, because that's the only easy way I can go back to Malaysia.
I sent an inquiry form to AirAsia on Sunday. Up till now I do not understand why they don't provide over-the-phone customer service for normal flights (they can only entertain AirAsiaX customers). I'm hoping they will get back to me ASAP. Seriously. If the "changed flight" is somehow non-existent then I need to prepare myself mentally for my backup plan: Travel to Malaysia from Laos by train. Sounds easy but alone and nervous with not much money, anything can happen.
Wish me luck!