Tom and I flew back to Thailand after our two-week adventure in Vietnam. This time we by-passed Bangkok completely, heading straight for the coach and ferry to Koh Phangan. It was a LONG 24-hour journey, but totally worth it when we arrived at our little beach-side bungalow, as the sun was setting over the horizon.
We were very excited to finally arrive in Hanoi. Mostly because of how difficult it had been to even get there in the first place. All the seasoned backpackers that we’d chatted to throughout our time in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Laos had raved about how amazing Vietnam is. They’d sing the praises of everything from the scenery, to the street-food to the friendliness of the local people.
After our not-so-successful time in Luang Prabang, we really felt like Hanoi would be a turning point. The place where things would start getting better again. I was on the mend from my illness and we’d been told that Vietnam was a lot cheaper than Laos. Over halfway through our travels and funds had started to noticeably deplete.
It could have gone either way. Either our hopes were shooting up so high that we’d be bitterly disappointed, or our eagerness for a brilliant experience would become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Thankfully, it went to the latter. (more…)
I LOVED CHIANGMAI. I’m writing this a little while after I normally write my postcards, and looking back that’s definitely the thing that springs to mind. I just loved it.
Cheap, friendly, safe and beautiful. I don’t know exactly what I expected, but this quaint little city went far beyond what I thought it’d be.
It’s a good thing we loved it so much, because it was a mission and a half to get there. It was supposed to be a simple sleeper train. You know. Go to sleep in Bangkok and BOOM next thing you know you’re in Chiangmai.
I’m afraid it didn’t quite work out. (more…)