Asia-bound

For most, a family visit means jumping in the car and heading down the road a little bit to mum and dad’s house. For the past couple of years though, that hasn’t been the case for me. Family visits require BIG PLANS. This time, it’s no different.

We’re meeting halfway. That means, specifically, Bangkok.

Paul and I are currently on a plane and heading back to a city that we used as a halfway point to meet back in 2009. This time, we’re heading that way together. Strangely enough, it will be our longest flight together so let’s hope we don’t drive each other mental before we even get there.

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Exploring Bangkok’s Royal Palace in 2009.

I loved Bangkok, and Southeast Asia in general, on our 2009 trip. We’re changing things up a bit this time; we’ll be meeting my family and staying in Bangkok for a few days, before spending a night on a floating raft on the River Kwai. We’re then heading up to Ayutthaya for a couple of days, then heading down to Ko Lanta for five nights. We’re staying in a lovely place, which is something that Paul and I aren’t used to at all. The Beast might look a little out of place.

We’ll be saying goodbye to my family after Ko Lanta, and Paul and I will be flying to Ho Chi Minh City after that. We only stuck to the north on our first trip to Vietnam, so this time we’re exploring the south.

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Exploring Ha Long Bay in 2009.

Apart from booking a guesthouse for the first couple of nights, we have no plans. We’ve got nine days at our disposal; we’ve got a rough idea that we want to spend a few days in the Mekong Delta, and perhaps make it out to Phu Quoc Island but we’re going to work it out when we get there. I haven’t done the whole no plans thing since China and that turned out to be a bit of a disaster, so fingers crossed it will all work out.

If you have some tips for any of these places, I’d love to know them. Restaurants, day tours, shops, anything – particularly for Vietnam. The only restaurant I really want to get to is KOTO; we went to the original one in Hanoi last time (which was amazing, I still have dreams about their spring rolls), and apparently they’ve just opened a HCMC branch. Other than that, nothing. We’re completely flying blind here!

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Lunch at KOTO in Hanoi.

In the past, I’ve blogged as I’ve travelled. That was because I used to blog in a diary style, a sort of ‘I’ve done this, this and this’ sort of way. I’m going to do it a bit differently this time; I’m going to take a million notes and twice as many photos, but put them up when I get back to the Netherlands. Hopefully the quality will then be better, and won’t make me stress out all the time that I need to post something, like my travelling companions have gotten to know.

This blog won’t go to sleep, however; I’ve written a whole lot of extra posts in the past couple of weeks which will go up at the regular times (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Netherlands time), three days a week. There’s still more I want to share about Poland and Spain, and a few other places as well.

Catch ya all soon!

If you want to keep up with our trip I will still be regularly posting photos and other tidbits on my Facebook page. Warning: many of the photos will be of food.

3 Responses to Asia-bound

  1. Sarah Pisani via Facebook January 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM #

    THIS.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g293925-d1188805-Reviews-Huong_Lai-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html

    Amazing food for a good cause. Definitely check it out! You may need to book, though. Or get there good and early.

  2. Olympic Wanderings via Facebook January 2, 2013 at 11:23 PM #

    Oooh! Sounds great! Thanks :)

  3. Katie O'Connell via Facebook January 3, 2013 at 2:44 AM #

    Banh Xeo 46A – the best Vietnamese pancakes; L’Usine on Dong Khoi is great if you’re homesick for a Melbourne cafe; the view from the bar at the top of the new tallest building (can’t remember what it’s called but you’ll see it) is excellent; great food at Quan An Ngon too. Also can highly recommend Saigon Cooking Class. Have fun! Such a brilliant city!

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