I have been meaning to write about my journey sooner but this is the first chance I have had to write. I am on a sleeper boat from Coron to Manila. We left at 9pm and we were supposed to arrive at noon but the weather has extended our boat trip now we are supposed to arrive at 5:30pm. 20 hours is a long time to be on a boat but the boat as air conditioning, a bed and good company.
My trip started off interesting…. When I landed in Bangkok, the airline lost my luggage. After 25 hours of flying, I was not very impressed but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. A 1-hour train ride, 20 min cab ride and 2 hours walking around Khao San road looking for my hostel. It was so hard enough with just my small backpack; I can’t imagine how hard it would have been if I had to lug around my large bag. I was in Bangkok for 4 days by myself before I met up with a tour group that took me through Cambodia.
First day I had to go apply for my Vietnamese visa. Took forever to find the embassy, I got lost 3 times on my way there. Didn’t do much better on the way back. When I got back to my hostel I was hoping my luggage would be there (it wasn’t). So I just wondered around my area waiting for my clothes to get there. I think that day I got 4-5 Thai massages! They are the best! That night I went to china town. The next day I went to the grand palace and all the beautiful temples nearby. It was so hot outside but to enter the temples you had to wear clothes that covered your knees and shoulders (AKA too many clothes for the heat!). My last 2 days I went on day trips out of Bangkok to see the floating market and the old city of Thailand; Ayuttaya. I am glad I went to see these things but both days I thought it would only last half the day and both times I did not get back till late at night. I was starting to get very frustrated with my poor decision making skills. By this point I was ready to join my tour group and not make decisions for 10 days.
I am so happy I went on this tour because the guide was from Cambodia and was able to show us more of Cambodia then I thought I was going to see. There was 18 people on the tour and they all were wonderful and were a lot of fun to be around. This tour did also remind me why I didn’t want to go in a large group. Everything takes longer; bathroom breaks, walking around, waiting for the stragglers, taking so many group photos, ordering food at a restaurant, paying the bill, waiting for everyone.... I know I wanted to be a sheep for a week but I guess I was still the black sheep.
Seam Rep – Amkor Wat and all the other temples were so insanely amazing! I was there for almost 9 hours exploring this area. It was the best! Everything there was so incredible! Best place in Cambodia for sure! Phenom Peon - We went to the killing field and to the jail. Sihanoukville - this part of our trip we were supposed to go out to all the amazing islands in Cambodia but the weather was not great and we were not allowed to go out on the boats. It was pretty disappointing. The weather has not been Ideal on most of my trip. I guess I should have thought about my destinations a bit more before I went to an area that is in the middle of their rainy season. We did go to a really beautiful waterfall for an afternoon when it stopped raining. We also had a few home meals in Cambodia where we sit on the floor and share family style meals. The food was the bomb! So tasty.
I was only in Vietnam for 3 days. I think I should have stayed longer. I guess this just means I will have to come back to this area later in my life J maybe with friends. The first night there we stayed in a family’s home, had some amazing food. We went to a floating market, had some amazing coffee! We reached the end of the group tour in Ho Chi Mahi. This city was massive with 9 million people living there. Most people get around on bikes. I have never been so nervous crossing the street. We went to the war museum and to the underground tunnels. Vietnam is a beautiful place, and I miss the tasty coffee!
The first week I have been in the Philippines has not been as amazing as I would have hoped. The day I was leaving Vietnam I started to feel sick. I have been sick for a week. The weather was not ideal; there was a typhoon that went through the North part of Philippines. In the 8 days in Palawan there has only been 2 amazing days. I went island hopping in El Nido to some pretty incredible beaches and lagoons. I took a ferry up to Coron to see the twin lagoons and Kayangan lake but it rained all 3 days I was there. I also wanted to get my scuba certification in Coron and see the ship wrecks but I still do not feel well enough. Maybe in a few days when I get to Malapascua island I will feel well enough to try scuba diving.
I am looking forward to my second half of my trip! I think the weather will clear up and my traveller’s sickness will start to calm down! Malapascua is going to be amazing! I hope I get to see some Thresher Sharks.