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Reisverslag Time flies when you're having fun
1 mei 2014
Time flies when you're having fun
Last time I wrote, we were going to Mui Ne to finally lay on the beach and relax a little. We obviously got sunburned big time but that wouldn't stop us from laying next to the pool. Mui Ne is infamous for its huge amounts of Russians and apparently they all love to work out. So we had full time entertainment with them doing yoga, zumba en aqua aerobics next to the pool. Our second day in MN we met a really nice vietnamese couple who right away offered to show us around in Ho Chi Minh City (= Saigon) as soon as we would get there. Three days later we spend our first day in HCMC driving around on a scooter being guided to all the cool local spots! We got to drink our first buckets on the notorious backpacker street. A street where alcohol is way too cheap and everybody is sitting on little plastic chairs getting way too drunk. After a couple of nights in Vietnams largest city and 2 days in the Mekong Delta area (where we visited the floating markets and some rice factories) we hopped on a plane to Bangkok, ready for a new adventure.
The next couple of weeks were absolutely nothing like our first weeks. To begin with, we were stuck in Bangkok for a while as Kristine got pretty sick. At one point it got so bad that we decided to go to the hospital and get some antibiotics. We took a taxi to a lonely planet rated hospital, expecting a regular international clinic. Turned out the lonely planet had decided to change its usually low budget standards, since we ended up in a place with a shining entrance hall, a door man to welcome us and an entire department for plastic surgery. Apparently, it is possible to feel underdressed in a hospital..
Another night, that same week, we felt underdressed once more when we were refused entry into the famous Sky Bar a.k.a. "The Hangover bar". This bar is on the 64th floor of a very luxurious hotel and it is the place where a part of the movie the Hangover 2 was filmed. Sadly enough our red lipstick and fairly decent dresses (we were still backpackers with only 3 kilograms of 'comfortable' clothes) couldn't make up for the fact that we were wearing flip flops. We then went to the nearest shop we could find to buy anything but flip flops and ended up with some glittery and oversized shoes. However, as soon as we arrived at the 64th floor and got our very overpriced "Hangovertini" cocktails, we knew that the amazing view of Bangkok by night was absolutely worth it.
After 10 days in Bangkok during which we saw pretty much every area and every temple, we could finally move on to Koh Tao. We decided to do our diving certificate which was the coolest experience. Apart from Kristine getting attacked by a fish (apparently mating period had started), 18 meters deep everything was extremely pretty and peaceful. After our diving course we took a couple of days exploring the island by scooter. We obviously had a little accident as we tried going down a sandy hill, leaving me a huge bruise/"foreigners tattoo" (pretty much everybody ends up getting a bruise or wound at least once while travelling). The next day, we managed to get to the other side of the island unharmed. We brought some snorkels hoping to spot some sharks as we were close to Shark Bay and guess what, after two hours of watching corals and little fishes, a group of 5 (little) sharks turned up. We got really close so we could see pretty much all of their features like the jaws and stuff. It was amazing!
After we spend 12 days living like gods on Koh Tao we moved on to the next island, Koh Phangan, the island of the Full Moon Party. We unfortunately had to leave the islands the day after the party since our visa was expiring, but woow, South Thailand was amazing!
It has been 2 weeks since we left paradise and almost 2 weeks since Kristine went back to Norway. Despite some setbacks and sad moments, I am convinced that my last weeks out here will be just amazing as the last 8 months were. In the past two weeks i have already met so many great people and I have barely felt like I was actually travellig alone. After Kristine left, I explored Cambodia very briefly. I saw the beautiful sunrise at one of South East Asia's prettiest temples Angkorwat and some of the other impressive temples around it. As I made my way up north towards Laos, I took an afternoon to watch the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. The past nine days i have been in Laos and believe it or not, I actually celebrated Kingsday while 'tubing' down a river in Vang Vieng together with a huge group of Dutchies, English, Canadians, Germans etc.. And yes, that included orange clothes, orange accessories and 'orange' shots. a
Tomorrow I am leaving to North Thailand. As excited as I am to have another two weeks ahead of me, I can't keep myself from counting the days. In 13 days I will leave Asia, in 13 days i will be home. I guess I will see you guys soon. :)
1 mei 2014 09:31 | Door: Kees
Wij tellen ook af...;) geniet er nog maar van, kuzzie xxx
1 mei 2014 21:15 | Door: Nel van der veldt
Een groot reisverslag gezellig weer een teken van leven gelukkig.Kan helaas geen Engels lezen.Maar ik heb wel begrepen dat je nog13 dagen onderweg bent.Ik wens je een goeden terug reis en binnenkort tot ziens!!. Liefs oma en Frans xxx.