Perhaps this is the first hashtag challenge for travelers. Or maybe, I don’t know if there are any suitable challenges that I haven’t joined. Anyways, this #5countrieschallenge is a really fit one from which I can remember my good old days when I wandered from this sea to that lands.

Ok, let’s follow me to the 5 countries that I have the most beautiful memories of!

Cambodia

Pier at Nature Beach resort, koh rong island in my 5 countries challenge
My photo at Koh Rong island that I used to create The Broad Life’s current featured image.
The photo that started everything on this travel blog.

One of the first countries that starts my journey of traveling around the world. Actually, I have wandered around my country, Vietnam, and Thailand before when I was so younger. Nevertheless, Cambodia marked a trip that I went to myself with some totally new friends, who I haven’t known before without a tour.

At that time, I had less experience in planning a trip. Also, my preparation to travel to Cambodia wasn’t so careful. I didn’t know how to use the resources properly to book the hotel, transport, and note down where to eat, visit, etc.

As a result, we planned to go to Koh Rong island but finally, we arrived at Nature Beach, a resort-island within Sihanouk province. My group spent a night there without things for entertainment, exploration, or even many local foods to try. Moreover, we had to go to bed early because there was nearly nothing to do at late night, haha.

Until the day later when we transit the ship at the main Kohrong island, it was when we realized there was something wrong happened, haha. Additionally, the way going back home in Vietnam faced problems that we didn’t expect. Such a significantly memorable trip for me!

More Photos from the Cambodia Trip

Canada

Canada - 5 countries challenge
I rowed a boat on Lake Louis.

Canada is the most further destination I have ever gone to as well as my second home country. That’s why I choose Canada to be on this list of 5 countries challenge. Yes, I will tell you the details right now.

I went to Canada the first time back in 2014 to visit my sister. The flight took around 27 hours from my country to the maple land. At that time, Canada brought to me a totally new in everything, from the culture, environment, landscape to the people, place, etc. The country truly attracted me to go studying, working, and finally spending a life there.

Later in 2017, I arrived in Canada the second time for my post-grad degree, which was also the beginning of my life in the country. Unfortunately, because of some reason, I quit school and started a short trip from Toronto to Banff National Park. Yes, the trip turned out to be one of the greatest decisions in my life as I had a chance to discover the second biggest country in the world. Evenly, that journey brought me a lot of beautiful memories and experience that I will surely blog about that soon in The Broad Life. Please don’t forget to check it out!

More Photos When Traveling to Canada

Thailand

Thailand, 2018 in my 5 countries challenge
Me in Thailand in 2018.

Thailand is my first-ever international destination as well as the lastest trip with my family’s best friend. Indeed, alongside other countries listed in these 5 countries challenge, Thailand stores a lot of beautiful memories to me too.

I still remember the tour with my sister and cousins to the country. Honestly, I don’t know why my family allowed me, a young 14-year-olds kid, to join a tour to another country with other kids. We were all no more than 18 years old at that moment. Nevertheless, it turned out to be our greatest journey together. And it further created a strong family bond among us. Years later, we kept spending our summer to go on vacation together. But unlike the first time going to Thailand, we had our parents to go with us, LOL.

Back in 2018, my parents and I traveled to Thailand on a 4-day itinerary with my dad’s best friend. Annually, we kept traveling together on every Tet holiday. Nonetheless, we never knew that trip to Thailand was our last one together. A few months later, my dad’s best friend passed away, leaving a lot of beautiful memories to us stored in Thailand. A friend that we will never forget!

More Photos in Thailand

Singapore

Singapore in 5 countries challenge of the broad life
Me and my wife at Fort Canning Park. I’m a little bit fat at this time haha.

I will never forget a period in my life that I travel to Singapore many times. It was when my wife, who was my girlfriend at that time, studied at the university there. We took turns flying back and forth from Vietnam to Singapore so many times.

I have never thought that I would go to Singapore so many times that I explored nearly everything in the country. Evenly, my parents and friends didn’t know why I went to Singapore so frequently as a businessman, haha. One time, I and my wife got bored with going around the country. We decided to make a trip from Singapore to Indonesia and Malaysia.

In the lastest time going to Singapore, I have made a proposal. And YES, she is my wife now. So, why not put one of my most memorial destinations to my list of 5 countries challenge?

More Photos from the Journey to Singapore

Taiwan

Taiwan in 5 countries challenge of The Broad Life

A big shout out for Taiwan to be my latest trip just before coronavirus happens in the world. In addition, this was the first time I traveled to the country and spent about 1 week there.

It was actually a birthday gift that my wife gave me. In specific, we traveled to Taiwan in 5 days and mostly spent our time in Taipei. Perhaps I don’t need to say how excited I was at that time. Yes, a travel blogger like me felt extremely interesting in a new country I have never been to. In fact, Taipei and Taichung brought me more than I could expect. Me and my wife had our dream trip together.

Oh, one last thing related to Taipei, which I never think that one of my videos about Gold Foil Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea has hundreds of thousands of views. Don’t forget to have a watch!

More Photos When Travel Taiwan


PINS FOR THE 5 COUNTRIES CHALLENGE

5 countries challenge - the broad life's pinterest board
the broad life's pinterest board of 5 countries challenge

34 COMMENTS

  1. Awesome! I have only been to really three countries, live in the US, Mexico, and the Philippines. I have been to a few others but those were only landing in the plane, waiting for 45 minutes and then leaving. It would be nice to travel more.

  2. I am currently living in Canada and I am so glad you had a chance to live here and explore this beautiful country. I also visited Banff six years ago and it is a beautiful place.

  3. Oh, how I would love to be able to travel to Thailand right about now! As soon as everything settles with this pandemic, I’m packing my bags and travelling somewhere amazing like this.

  4. Wow you have had some beautiful experiences and memories. I really like the idea of this challenge. I hope you have even more wonderful memories travelling ahead of you!

    • I haven’t been to India but really want to go there.
      Cambodia is a great country to travel. I’m making an itinerary that you can follow.
      Coming soon on my blog!

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