Today we are off to Cambodia. Cambodia is a mere 2 hour plane journey from Vietnam, so if you’re planning a visit to this part of Asia, Cambodia is worth hoping over to see as well.
My family and I just spent 2 days here, exploring all of the different temples, from Angkor Wat at sunrise (it’s worth the 4am start, and that’s coming from a non-morning person!) to pretending to be Lara Croft at the temple where Tomb Raider was filmed. Didn’t you hear? There’s another sequel and this time I’m the star, move over Angelina Jolie! Tips for Cambodia – there’s a lo-o-o-ot of temples to see and although they are amazing to explore and to learn about, they are obviously outdoors, and in almost 40 degree weather you might start getting a little:
a)Sun-ry (Sun + angry)
I did suffer severely from the 3 s’ above, mainly being sun-ry but if you ask my family they would probably use a much ruder word to describe my mood! So to avoid this I would advice people to take a spray-fan (fan which also sprays water – it’s a godsend!), a hat and lots and lots of sun cream.
The second post in the mini travel series. Today’s stop – Ha Long Bay.
A few hours drive away from the motorbike-crazy city of Hanoi is Ha Long Bay, an incredible World Heritage site with 1,600 mini uninhabited islands complete with underground caves, monkey islands and floating fish markets.
We set sail on a cruise boat into the Bay and got the chance to explore the islands by day while having a 5 course meal, a cooking class and simply enjoy the view by night. It was an amazing experience to spend a night in the middle of nowhere amongst beautiful nature, with no shops nearby or wifi, which I managed to cope without! The whole place felt like one big Disney movie, with the underground caves resembling the Cave of Wonders (any Aladdin fans out there?) and the islands themselves like Neverland. I almost expected Captain Hook, Smee and Tiger Lily to pass by on a small rowing boat! I don’t always compare everything to a Disney movie (except this is a total lie, Disney is my life!) but this place had that level of magic in it. Hats off to ya Mother Nature!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m back from my travels from Vietnam and Cambodia! Although I documented my adventures via Instagram, I thought I would start a short blog series dedicated to my trip. The first stop – Hoi An.
Although Hoi An wasn’t chronologically the first place I visited in Vietnam, I thought it would be a nice destination to start off with. If I had to sum up Hoi An in a few words, it would be beautiful beaches, sun, fresh coconuts and magical night markets – i.e. paradise.
We spent 5 nights in Hoi An in the middle of our holiday and used it as a much needed rest from all the crazy sightseeing we had been doing around Vietnam. My family opt for the sightseeing type of holiday instead of the pool type, so Hoi An for us, was a rarity and a nice change.
top – H&M | skirt – Topshop | sunnies – Miu Miu
My daily routine consisted of waking up to a full buffet breakfast, rush out to grab a sun-bed and read trashy novels by the pool while sipping cocktails by 11am (if you can’t do that on holiday, when can you eh?) and finish off with an afternoon stroll along the beach. By night Hoi An is simply magical, with night markets selling lanterns everywhere you turn and the locals selling floating candles for a few pennies to make a wish and set sail along the lake. Ah take me back!