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ED: VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, THAILAND

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Weekly Wanderer Vietnam you.theworld.wandering

ED IN VIETNAM, CAMBODIA + THAILAND

 

Tell us a little about your time in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand (Bangkok)…

On the 30th of December 2015, myself and two mates flew into Hanoi, Vietnam. We managed to see most of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand over a space of 6 weeks. First was Sapa, which is located in Vietnam’s northern mountains near the Chinese border. We then went on a tour to Ha Long Bay where we stayed at the infamous Castaway Island which was one of the greatest weekends of our lives. That’s when our official Busabout tour of Vietnam began. We spent the next two weeks travelling through Vietnam, all the way down to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). We visited places such as Mai Chau where we stayed in a traditional stilt house, Phong Nha the home of UNESCO World Heritage Caves and Grottoes, Hue the imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, Hoi An the home of 400 tailors, Nha Trang the popular costal town and Dalat the home of mountain biking, cannoning and the crazy house.

IMG_0001(Ha Long Bay, Vietnam)

IMG_0020(Angkor Wat, Cambodia)

From Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) we bused it to Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia where we spent a couple nights to see the ‘Killing Fields’. Being there was one of the most surreal experiences that I’ve ever had. Nearly 9000 bodies were buried there in mass graves. We then headed to Sihanoukville (Cambodia) to spend a couple of nights partying on the beach.  We called it ‘Mini Australia.’ Then we made our way to Siem Reap also in Cambodia to go see the Temples of Angkor Wat. To get up at 5am and ride a tuk tuk out to the temples to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat has been on my bucket list for a very long time! It was incredibly crowded though! From Siem Reap I then spent two weeks in the incredible Bangkok!

IMG_0015(Delat, Vietnam)

 

What were the best things you did and saw on your 6 week travels?

The best place was Angkor Wat, Cambodia. It’s the largest religious monument in the world and one of the Seven Wonders – it did not disappoint!! I spent hours upon hours exploring the sites with the guys. We hired a Tuk Tuk driver for the day for US$8 who was incredibly knowledgeable about the temples.

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IMG_0018(Angkor Wat, Cambodia)

 

Another favorite place was Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, due to the amazing group that we had. It created the most electric atmosphere and the best party weekend I’ve ever had. It was also incredibly beautiful. You’ll see from photos that the aqua blue water and the shear rock faces were made for photographers.

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IMG_0006(Castaway Island, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam)

 

I also loved Phong Nha. I had previously known that they had some stunning caves in Vietnam but I never realized how big they were. One of the caves, which you’ll see in the photos, was 21km long and up to 500m wide.

IMG_0010 (Heaven Cave’ Phong Nha, Vietnam)

 

What was the most unexpected thing you did and loved?

When we were in Nha Trang (Vietnam) the tour group went on a party boat cruise. It was all running normally, drinking, swimming, snorkeling everything you imagine on a party boat. What I didn’t expect was a Vietnamese boy band to come on to our boat and then further more invite me up to play the drums (I can’t play the drums very well). This was the highlight of the day for me and one of the most memorable days I had on the tour!

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IMG_0013(Nha Trang, Vietnam)

 

Recommended Foods To Try…

Pho – The national dish of Vietnam. Pretty well served anywhere throughout Vietnam for under $3. Add some spring rolls and you’ve got a two course meal for under $4.

A drink to try which is quite popular in Vietnam is Snake Vodka. Pretty much just vodka in a giant jar with a snake in it. Wouldn’t say it’s the greatest tasting vodka in the world but a few of us had a crack at it.

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Your Top 4 Must Do’s…
  1. Ha Long Bay (Castaway Island if you like to party)
  2. Phong Nha
  3. Hoi An
  4. Angkor Wat

IMG_0004(Castaway Island, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam)

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IMG_0012(Angkor Wat, Cambodia)

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IMG_0024(Bangkok, Thailand)

Photos You Can’t Leave Without…
  • The sun rising over Angkor Wat
  • Photo of Ha Long Bay floating village
  • Sapa Vally rice fields
  • The crazy streets of Hanoi

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IMG_0003(Ha Long Bay floating village, Vietnam)

IMG_0009(Mai Chau Rice Fields, Vietnam)

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IMG_0008(Mai Chau, Vietnam – traditional stilt houses)

IMG_0023(Bangkok, Thailand)

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you.theworld.wandering would like to thank Eddie for sharing his travel adventures. Ed is starting a blog of his own soon. Follow @eddieablett on Instagram to see more fab pics of his travels!!

 

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6 thoughts on “ED: VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, THAILAND

  1. @ashleighsmeow says:

    Wow and awesome photos! Angkor Wat is a MUST, I went there 12 years ago when Siem Reap was just a dusty road. Hitting Vietnam this year with my sister for her 40th! Looking at that food made me excited.

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