Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam · 17 Days · 17 Moments · January 2018

South East Asia

30 January 2018

Today I had a nice lie in (finally) and did very little (played pool) until the sleeper train to Hanoi in the evening. The train thankfully was much cleaner this time and we even set up a home cinema in our carriage ๐Ÿ˜

29 January 2018

Left Hoi An ๐Ÿ˜ฃ (everyone go its amazing) to go to Hue. The journey was very foggy- but that didn't stop the driver going 100mph up the wiggly roads of the mountains. Half way we stopped at the Hai Van Pass as the views are meant to be amazing- unfortunately these views were ruined by the fog and we couldn't see shit ๐Ÿ˜‚. We arrived in Hue in the afternoon and went to see the royal citadel.

28 January 2018

In the morning i had a 'oodles of noodles demonstration' in a place called Streets where children in poverty living on the streets are employed by Streets taught English, how to cook, etc and are eventually employed by 5* resorts/restaurants. The Streets employees showed us how to make noodles and then we gave it a try ourselves- of course I nailed it๐Ÿ˜‰. After that we were made lunch by the Streets chefs and it tasted amazing. In the afternoon we went on a cycling tour! On the tour we got to see a lot of the Vietnamese countryside and met a famous couple in Vietnam who have been married 70 years and are said to always be happy. We also tried Asian fishing which involves trying to catch fish in wooden baskets- not the easiest, before riding in some basket boats through bamboo!

27 January 2018

Arrived early into Hoi An and went on orientation walk of the town's beautiful old quarter. Had a look in a few tailor shops (what hoi an is famous for) but decided ยฃ100 would be better spent on booze ๐Ÿ˜‰. In the afternoon we watched the final of the Asia Cup- Vietnam vs Uzbekistan- was a great atmosphere but the bar we were watching in were using WI-FI to stream it so we heard people celebrating in the streets Vietnams goal before we even saw it ๐Ÿ˜‚ (unfortunately Vietnam lost 2-1 in the last minute of extra time). In the evening we went down to the riverside and released lanterns on the water.

26 January 2018

Relaxed morning and afternoon sitting round doing very little and in the evening we took another sleeper train, this time from Da Nang to Hoi An. Unfortunately this sleeper train was not as nice as the last one- people had just got off the train when we got on and the linen didn't even get changed (we were given 1 wet wipe to clean our compartment). The toilet was also rank with a bin full of toilet paper and you were given tongs in case you needed to unblock the toilet. After a few hours/minutes sleep I woke up with a cockroach next to me ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

25 January 2018

Arrived in Da Nang at 5:30 in the morning after the sleeper train. We spent a few hours relaxing on the beach before going out for a 'mudbath'. I sat in a tub for 40mins with 9 other people as cold mud poured in- wouldn't say it was particularly fun๐Ÿ˜‚

24 January 2018

Up at 8 to go to see the Cu Chi Tunnels which the Viet Cong had built in the Vietnam War to escape from the Americans. We were lucky enough to have a guide who was a war veteran and he let us try a tunnel out ourselves- it was 50m long (the longest used in the war was 80km) and so incredibly tight it really made you appreciate what the Vietnamese were going through during the war. In the afternoon a few of us went to Ben Tahn market to try a bit of haggling- went surprisingly well, before heading on the overnight sleeper train in the evening. It was not as bad as expected and I actually got a decent nights sleep๐Ÿ˜Š

23 January 2018

On trip from Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh we stopped off at a floating market and also went to see one of the most famous noodle making families in the area. Arrived at Ho Chi Minh at about 2 before going to the Vietnam War Remnants Museum. When we left we watched end of football at a local bar and saw Vietnam beat Qatar on penalties to reach the U-23 Asia Cup Final- this led to mass celebration on the streets of Ho Chi Minh. We went for dinner at a really nice food market (Ben Tahn) and then went off to a nice bar where we could watch the celebrations on the street.

22 January 2018

9 hour journey from Sihanoukville to Can Tho๐Ÿ˜ฅ. Arrived at 5:30 to the Can Tho Homestay. The room we had was the most basic I've ever seen with just 2 beds and mosquito nets๐Ÿ˜‚. Whilst at the homestay we were shown how to make local pancakes and had a delicious homemade Vietnamese meal including rice, rice and more rice. We survived the night through drinking lots of beers ๐Ÿ˜Š.

21 January 2018

Up at 8 to go for breakfast- finally a full English!!! Then went straight off snorkelling- not the best I've ever done but still fun. We stopped off on an island for a BBQ on the beach which was really nice but unfortunately i got very sunburnt๐Ÿ˜‚.

20 January 2018

Arrived at Sihanoukville in the afternoon after a long drive from Phnom Penh. We spent the rest of the day relaxing by the beach with a few drinks whilst watching the sunset. Everyone may have had a few to many vodka and orange buckets ๐Ÿ˜‚

19 January 2018

Today we visited Killing Fields and S-21 museum to learn more about Cambodias sombre past under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge- was very interesting and sad but I learnt so much. We had a bit of a chill afternoon hanging out by the pool before going to a sky bar in the evening. We went for another drink after the sky bar but ended up at the red light district by accident ๐Ÿ˜‚ before going to a bar that was highly rated by Google before finding out it was a gay bar with a drag queen performing.

18 January 2018

Left Siem Reap at 9 to go to Phnom Penh. Stopped off at a floating village on the way and it was fascinating to see how people in extreme poverty have adapted to live on the water so they are near where certain crops flourish so they can sell them. The people had built houses, temples and markets all on water themselves!! We also stopped off at an insect market where we got the chance to hold live tarantulas- I happily declined (although I did eat the leg of one๐Ÿ˜‚). Reached Phnom Penh at about 8!

17 January 2018

Up at 4 to go see sunrise at Angkor Wat! The sunrise was a bit of a let down but still an incredible temple. We then explored the Tomb Raider Temple and the Temple of Smiley Faces before having a big night out- got a bit messy๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

16 January 2018

Left Bangkok for Siem Reap at 6:30. Made it across the most manic of border crossings before getting to Siem Reap. In the evening went quad biking and got to see an awesome sunset whilst also seeing a lot of the local countryside. For dinner we went to 'A New Hope Homestay' where people from poor backgrounds are taught how to cook and then work there to help get themselves out of poverty- got to try crickets they were surprisingly alright.
Left Bangkok for Siem Reap at 6:30. Made it across the most manic of border crossings before getting to Siem Reap. In the evening went quad biking and got to see an awesome sunset whilst also seeing a lot of the local countryside. For dinner we went to 'A New Hope Homestay' where people from poor backgrounds are taught how to cook and then work there to help get them out of poverty.

14 January 2018

Leaving Day!!! Left VERY early in morning from London Gatwick and reached Bangkok via Dubai. Spent rest of day exploring parts of Bangkok before meeting with my group and having a street food dinner!