Hey guys! Long time no see.. I promise I’ve got a good excuse for not blogging for an entire month. I’ve been travelling! Yesterday, I got back from four weeks overseas visiting Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bali – it was incredible. This post is gonna be a bit of a round up but don’t worry – there is plenty more travel content coming your way soon. So, what exactly happened this past month?
I travelled Laos and Cambodia with Contiki and it was the most insane 10 days of my life. The people I travelled with were incredible (if you’re reading this, please come to NZ – I miss you all) and I definitely feel like I experienced things I wouldn’t have if I had travelled these countries alone. If you’re considering a Contiki I can 100% recommend them and would totally travel with them again.
I think out of the whole trip I liked Laos the most as a whole but Hoi An and Hanoi were my favourite cities. Laos is like an untouched paradise, tourists don’t flock there as much as other countries in Asia and although the hotel situation kinda reflects this, there’s something a little bit more charming about a country that doesn’t cater solely to tourists.
Kayaking in Halong Bay, Vietnam and the view from Titop Island, Vietnam
Vietnam was a weird one, I LOVED two places and didn’t like the other two so much and Halong Bay was a weird experience. Nha Trang is like any regular city and doesn’t have much charm. There are a few cool places to eat and a beach but apart from that, I wouldn’t recommend more than a day or two if you’re in the area. Hue was a bit boring. I booked myself on a tour and spent 10 hours either on a bus or wandering round a temple. Don’t get me wrong, I love history and temples but 10 hours is slightly excessive. Hoi An was incredible. Loved it, if you’re ever in the area you have to take a cooking class and visit Reaching Out Teahouse. The markets there are really good too! Halong Bay was absolutely stunning but so overrun with tourists (me included lol). The stairs to the top of Titop mountain were borderline dangerous because of all the selfie sticks and people pushing their way to the top and the line for Amazing Cave was literally 40 minutes long. There was a lot of trash floating in the water and the boats were all letting off a lot of smoke – it’s pretty sad to see such a beautiful place get ruined like that. Hanoi = great shopping and quirky cafes. If you’re heading there check out The Note Coffee (a cafe covered in post-it notes from strangers around the world) and check out the markets for all the designer dupes you can dream of.
A mama feeding her baby in Ubud, Bali and Kuang Si falls in Luang Prabang, Laos
Bali was a spontaneous birthday treat because the weather in Northern Vietnam was going to be bad and I didn’t fancy getting stuck in the mountains. I went to Ubud for some relaxation met two incredible girls who were also solo travellers. We spent a few days together and two of us got matching tattoos. We clicked instantly and I miss them already!
So, what next? You tell me world! I guess I need to get a job but until then – I can spend my time off blogging and unpacking right? Do you have any travel plans this year? Tell me about them in the comments!
Thanks for reading!
Love, Lyd x