I can’t believe that I’m down to my last ten days in Asia. Vietnam is amazing! So much different than Thailand and Cambodia. Probably the biggest culture shock I’ve experienced, I find far less people speak English here and getting around is quite a bit more difficult. Halong bay was every bit as magnificent as I always imagined it would be, absolutely breathtaking. Tomorrow I am visiting Duong Lam ancient village, really excited to get out of the city and into the countryside again. Tuesday I am flying back to Thailand to check out Chiang Mai for a few days. I’m hoping to volunteer at an elephant park, where they rehabilitate elephants that have been mistreated and used as props for tourists. After that I would like to get to Pai for a few days before I fly back to Bangkok to go home. Gotta try to soak in every precious moment that I have left here! I absolutely know that I will be back in Asia as soon as financially possible, there’s still so much I want to see that there just hasn’t been time for this trip!
leloux11 asked: Hey! I've been looking at tags and I came across your blog. I'm going to cambodia and vietnam for 3 weeks. Where do you recommend visiting and what should I do while I'm there?
Hey!! Omg you’ll love it! In Cambodia I did Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat, the town is super cute and Angkor Wat will take your breath away. Then I went to Sihanoukville (a twelve hour bus ride, but so worth it) and absolutely fell in love with it. Definitely check out the nearby island Koh Rong and make sure you go to Otres beach! Serendipity beach is awesome too, but after awhile all the people trying to sell you stuff gets annoying. They mean well though and are super kind. From there I backtracked to Phnom Penh to see the killing fields and S21 genocide museum. That was depressing but really made me appreciate the history and kindness of the Khmer people on another level. Vietnam I only got to last night, but I am already in love with Hanoi. There is a ton of French influence so it is like a qwerky little Paris with surprises around every corner. I’m doing a tour to halong bay tomorrow and am gonna try to make it to either Hue or Sapa for a few days. I wish I had longer in Vietnam, but I only have a week or so until I have to head back to Thailand to checkout Chiang Mai and Pai before I fly home. If you do southern Vietnam I’ve heard good things about Nha Trang :) have an amazing time and if you have more questions let me know!!
Made it to Phnom Penh! There isn’t really much to do here… But my hostel has a great common room with a pool to relax in. I’m trying to have a super mellow day to prepare myself for the killing fields tomorrow. I normally avoid things that depress or stress me out, but I think it would irresponsible to visit Cambodia without acknowledging its dark past. Will definitely be doing some reiki on myself before and after the trip tomorrow to try to keep my energy separated from the negativity that I will be exposed to. Gonna go first thing in the morning so that I have the rest of the day to enjoy my last full day in Cambodia. I’m so excited for Vietnam though!
I wish so badly that I could afford to stay in Asia longer. I am thrilled to be able to spend Christmas at home with my loved ones, but I feel like my wanderlust is going to completely consume me after this trip. Every single place I’ve been has captured a piece of my heart. I’m already adding numbers in my head to figure out a way to come back next year to see Indonesia and Laos. It’s like until now I seriously thought life was just a box we were stuck in and now I finally see that we can go anywhere and be anyone! I’ve never felt so free or excited about living! I just want to spend the rest of my life wandering around the world, I want to see absolutely everything!