Hello from yet another country …. Vietnam!
Since I last blogged I moved from the wild beach of Serendipidy (Sihanoukville, Cambodia) to Koh Rong which is an island just off the coast – no words can describe this place, it was just amazing!! – where I lazed about without the need for shoes, hung with some cool guys & girl, went fishing/snorkelling and generally had an amazing time.
After over 2 weeks in Sihanoukville with Otres, Serendipidy & Koh Rong being firmly placed at the top of my favourite places so far, I grabbed a taxi (yes a 1.5hr $35 taxi as there was no room on the bus and I just wanted to go – don’t judge me!) to Kampot just East of Sihanoukville. Kampot couldn’t be further from where I’d just come from in terms of the vibe. It was a sleepy, smallish town where I don’t think I could of found a party even if I’d tried. Luckily I was happy to stay in chilled/recovery mode and found a sofa, TV and ordered jacket potato cheese & beans in my guesthouse to recouperate from all the drinking 🙂
I also took the opportunity of quiet, flat roads to hire a Moped and learn to ride which was sooooo much fun (once I got the hang of it!), I drove up into the clouds of Bokor National Park and then drove an hour over to Kep to eat some yummy crab & see Rabbit Island. I also did some rock climbing in Kampot which would usually leave me a crying, panicking mess but I conquered my fear of heights … Woop!! Unfortunately my friend Dom managed to dislocate his shoulder so the afternoon was spent in Sonja Kill memorial hospital (I’m not even kidding on the name!)… I know if it was me I would have wanted someone to stay with me so I was more than happy to play the supportive friend 🙂
Anyway, recharge over the time came (helped along by my cambodian visa expiry!) to move on and this led me over the border to Vietnam 🙂 Vietnamese is one of my favourite cuisines (and anyone that knows Mien Tay in Clapham Junction will know why!!!) so I am so excited to be here!
A quick stop over in Can Tho where I finally (after 2 months) found a hairdryer in my $10 a night room (!!!) … So worth it… And off to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) the next morning where I met up with Jules who I knew from Koh Rong.
This city is just amazing!!!! A cross between London & New York …it’s much more westernised than Bangkok and much cleaner. The motorbikes are in their hundreds and crossing the road is a death game 😉 just look them in the eye and go!!! Lol
Well today is my 31st birthday and I was a little apprehensive about spending it here with not many people I know but so far so good… Midnight last night was brought in by jäger bombs & free shots and today has been a day of pampering and shopping 🙂 now I’m off for sushi & champagne which I can totally justify thanks to my massive tax rebate 😉