Under the Vietnamese sun

Today was one of the best days of my life. Early in the morning we boarded a boat and sailed to an island of the coast of Nha Trang. On the way there we sang and basked in the beauty of the South China Sea.

Our first stopped was snorkeling off the island of Hon Mun.

The water was turquoise and clear. There were little reefs right off of the beach so it was very easy to see the corals and fish. There were tiny colorful fish and big strange-looking ones too. I snorkeled nearly the whole time while others sun bathed and started drinking.

After several hours on the beach we got back on the boat  and the party started! Everyone was drinking and singing. I started downing my personal bottle of vodka! The boat really started “rocking”. We had a party break and were provided a monstrous feast. After stuffing ourselves our ship pulled up beside two others and then we hopped the ship to have a group karaoke party and music show. Our local guides were hilarious. They sang cover songs and even made some of the guests get up and sing! It was a great time.

10420205_10152771305925813_4724614631742022969_nThen we stumbled back onto our own ship where we took shots before jumping into the water from the roof of the boat! They threw us tubes and then we hung out in the stunning bay. They even set up a floating bar for us to swim to!

Eventually it was time to head back to shore. So settled back into the boat. I put on my headphones, hung my feet off the side of the ship and reflected as we sailed back to Nha Trang. It was magical, beautiful and life-affirming.  10309170_10152771305880813_4727700327185685849_n

By the time we got back to Nha Trang most people (including myself) were extremely intoxicated. We didn’t want the party to stop so we headed to our hotel pool and continued hanging out. I fell asleep (okay passed out) and when I woke up it was night-time.

We went back to the Sailing Club for dinner where we reminisced about the adventures of the day. I loved every second of the day. It was truly amazing. I think it may be one of the best days of my life!

Angkor Wat and Dance Parties

10689473_10152743606790813_5136321079821951256_nToday we woke early to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat. It was pretty surreal. Then headed back to the hotel for breakfast. Our guide said that leaving and then coming back we would beat the crowds. I think he was right. Because when we went back it defiantly was as busy. We were able to properly climb and explore enchanting temple. It was like we were true explorers because everything seemed untouched and authentic. Angkor Wat only opened to tourism a decade ago so it’s still very new and un-abused. I think in another 10 years you won’t be able to climb and venture through as much as we did.

I was most astounded by the sheer size of the temples. The buildings are gigantic. Some reach 16 stories high. These were built around the time of the pyramids. How on earth did they do it? Simply mind-blowing.

There are hundreds of temples in Angkor Wat and we explore five of the most famous ones. It was an amazing day full of adventure, trekking and tuk-tuks!

Tonight was the last night for many of my tour mates who were not continuing on to Vietnam. So of course we had a huge party. We went out to the main bar street and to put it simply…got wasted. I drunk from many people’s Fish Bowls, danced in an insanely hot club and then helped start a massive dance party in the street. It was one of the best nights of my life.

Group selfie!

Group selfie!

What happens in Bangkok…goes on your blog

First official day of the Contiki Big Indochina Adventure tour kicks off in Bangkok Thailand.

Where did I stay?

Viengtai Hotel

Accommodations: Better than expected. Great sized rooms, clean pool and friendly staff.

Location: We were in a very tourist oriented area. All the restaurants and bars had english menus. So it wasn’t to authentic. But it was a good place to learn the ropes of Asia. Lots of shopping and bars in walking distance.

Day 0:

The night before I met up with some other early birds from the tour and we went out to a bar down the road. Got to know some of the people and I can tell it’s going to be a good group.

Day 1:

My Australian roommate Laura and I woke up and headed to an open air cafe for an amazing breakfast. I had banana french toast and watermelon juice. We didn’t know our hotel provided free breakfast. Whoops. Afterwards we met with the early birds and we decided to venture into the old town and go to the Bangkok zoo. Since it wasn’t to hot and we were all very eager we decided to walk. It was a very long walk. We probably should have hired a tuk tuk. But eventually we made it. By the time we got to the zoo we were all exhausted. The humidity and heat quickly took its toll on all of us. We explored the extremely crowded zoo for a bit and I saw many animals I’d never seen before. Some of us even got to feed giraffes. The zoo was crowded and a bit unnerving because on top of crowds mopeds and cars could drive through the zoo.

After the zoo Laura, my new friend Sam and I decided to head back to the hotel for some R&R. I wanted to catch some rays and chill poolside. I ordered a Singapore Sling and Pad Thai and had a great minuet long dip in the pool until it started down pouring.

Laura, Sam and I then decided to hit up the shops and bars. So we went exploring in the pouring rain. We found this awesome little place called Hippie Bar. Cocktails were buy one, get one free. So I had two very strong drinks. We hung out, listened to vinyl and played with the bar cat. Then we realized we should head back to the hotel so we’d have time to shower before our mandatory Contiki meeting.

While walking bar to our hotel we stumbled (litteraly…we were drunk) upon the street bar in front of Burger King. They had loud music and cheap drinks and it was only 5PM. So we stopped and took part in their buy two get one free deal. Sam had a fish bowl, Laura and I had one and a half drinks each. We promised to come back later that night.

Then we hurried back to the hotel (dirty and wet) for the meeting. We made it just in time and pretty toasted.

During the meeting it was pretty hard to concentrated because I was inebriated, but we learned the Contiki ropes, rules and regulations.

Afterwards we cleaned up and then met the our group of 30 fellow travelers for a family dinner. I ordered something very gross and left pretty hungry. What ever I got had squid in it and I was not a fan. We went back to the Burger King bar and brought some of our new friends.

We managed to get back home somehow.