So after a long absence I have returned to the Western World, or more specifically I am back in London after half year long stint of traveling around Indochina and Oceania.
Asia was without a doubt the biggest culture shock and I am so glad I had Jonathan with me to experience it with. Be prepared for a picture heavy blog post.Starting off in Hanoi, Vietnam, we truly jumped in at the deep end of South East Asia, where everything from ordering food to crossing the road was an experience. We stopped off at several destinations whilst heading south, including Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang whilst heading towards Ho Chi Minh City and then across into the Cambodian capital of Phnom Pehn.
We hopped around Cambodia trying to take in everything it had to
offer, the beach life in Sihanoukville, the historic trip to see one of
the great wonders of the world of Angkor Wat, spotting 3 million bats in
Battambang and watching river dolphins in Kratie, before heading up
into the south of Laos.
Laos quickly became our favourite country, with an unbelievably chilled out vibe in the 4000 islands, then moving northwards towards Pakse where we discovered some beautiful waterfalls and the charms of riding a motorbike, moving further up again towards Savannakhet and the capital, Vientianne, where we discovered most of the population were hiding along with all the cars within the country. Northwards still, Vang Vieng became our adventure destination, full of zipling, tubing and trekking and Luang Prabang became our culture destination, full of temple visits, meeting monks, shopping in the best night market imaginable and elephant riding.
Catching a small propeller plane across the border we then started our time in Thailand in Chiang Mai, our animal hotspot. Trekking with more elephants, stroking and playing with tigers and watching Pandas eat an unbelievable amount of bamboo. We then flew south to Bangkok to spend my birthday week in some overdue luxury. We then jumped on a train further south towards Phetchaburi to expand our thai tastebuds then headed further south towards the party islands, Ko Tao and Ko Phanang, two weeks which consisted of diving, snorkeling, drinking, and full mooning. Then deciding to have a break and a kitkat we headed to Krabi Ao Nang, before heading over to the island of Phi Phi where the snorkeling and partying continued.
So when I said a “quick snippet of my time” – I may have lied. I apologise for this and thanks for sticking in there. The 7 months of traveling were literally life changing and I loved every second of it, I am counting down the days till I manage to save up enough money to do it all again.
Maybe South America next time? Who knows?
As Susan Sontag said : I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.