This blog started with my trip to South East Asia in 2015 and I’ve been adding other trips to it over the last year or so. I like to share mainly positive experiences – especially if they involve great food, good value or immense beauty.
You won’t find much information on exact admission charges, opening hours, exact price of accommodation as these are subject to change all the time and become dated very fast. I will, however, be sharing my own, personal impression of places I’ve visited, things that I loved or left their mark, and hopefully you’ll find this helpful in planning your own trip.
My travel style and budget: For this trip, I travelled solo. Not shoestring or backpacker (wheelie bag, in fact) but I had to keep an eye on the budget. I stayed in a lot of simple 3-star hotels or guest-houses, a few hostels, and a few treats in 4-star hotels. Moment of truth… I guess I should admit this from the start: I’m not the best haggler and I prefer comfort to budgeting so I won’t be able to tell you where to get the cheapest hostel or a two-dollar dinner. However, I’m not made of money so I just couldn’t afford the luxurious accommodation or fine dining that I longed for! As a result, I tried to strike a balance between my love of the good life and my need to be solvent (kind of) at the end of this trip.
<a Time: Spent just over a month in Cambodia and Vietnam (plus a few nights in Bangkok).Took my time and plenty of breaks; decided from the beginning that I wouldn’t aim to ‘do everything’. I overstayed in some places and didn’t get to some places I really wanted to see (Laos and Sapa) so will have to go back in a few years’ time. Where I did go: Bangkok, Siem Reap, Pnom Penh, Battambang, Kampot, Ho Chi Minh, Da Lat, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An.