From Ho Chi Minh City we caught a 3 hour train to Mui Ne. This place was heaven after the hustle and bustle of HCMC. Mui Ne is a coastal resort town which has a beautiful beach. Kite surfing is really popular here due to the strong breeze. You will find a lot of Russian tourists here, many of the restaurants and resorts are Russian owned. If you want to get to know Vietnam, here […]
Our first stop in Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formally known as Saigon. HCMC is in the south and it is the biggest city in Vietnam. When we arrived it was really overwhelming. Before we even got off the bus there were taxi drivers yelling at us from outside the front door. We were warned of this. We were also warned not to carry any valuables on us. If you took a bag out […]
After a few hot and hectic days in Siem Reap we decided it was time to do some relaxing by the beach. We headed down south to Sihanoukville. This was not an easy trip. We caught an overnight bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (7 hours), waited at the station (3 hours), then hopped on a bus to Sihanoukville (5 hours). After 15 hours of travel we were more than happy to reach our […]
Our first stop in Cambodia was Siem Reap. It is situated in the North and is most popular with tourists because of the Angkor Wat Temple Complex – this is a must do in Cambodia. There is plenty to do here and we managed to squeeze a lot into three days; party on Pub Street, go to a cooking class, explore the temples and plenty of eating out. We stayed at Mad Monkey Hostel which […]
Our final stop in Indonesia was a small island called Nusa Lembongan, just a 30 minute boat trip from the mainland of Bali. Some people may find Nusa Lembongan a bit slow compared to the mainland as there aren’t any malls or locals on the street trying to sell you things. It’s a relaxing kinda place, and I hear this is what mainland Bali used to be like. The main activities to do here are […]
Third stop on our OE, Ubud. Ubud is situated in the centre of Bali about an hour from the chaos of Kuta. Ubud is surrounded by scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces, rivers, cheap accommodation and unique luxury hotels. You can find the most delicious healthy food here; great for vegans. gluten free and lactose free people. Julia Roberts filmed some of her movie Eat, Pray, Love here.
Second stop in Indonesia, Gili T! To get here you take a fast boat from the mainland of Bali. They claim that it is an hour and a half – realistically this can take from 1 hour and a half to 2 hours and a half since we’re on island time. This back packer island takes only 3 hours to walk around or 1 and a half hours on bike. You won’t find scooters or […]
First stop on our OE – Seminyak, Bali! Seminyak is one of the main tourist hubs in Bali. It is full of ex-pats (Australian’s mainly). In amongst the windy roads which are full of construction, are high-end boutiques, plenty of luxurious spas and resorts, clubs and last but not least restaurants. It is no wonder that land and accommodation prices are amongst the highest in Bali.
It is no wonder that the Coromandel is one of my favourite holiday spots in New Zealand. With no shortage of beautiful golden beaches, natural hideaways, native rain forests, all set amongst rural farmland, it is the ideal location for a super relaxing getaway. The Coromandel is located on the East Coast of the North Island and is about an hour and a half drive from Auckland.
At the beginning of the month I visited Christchurch. Here are a few pictures of my weekend away. I haven’t been down to Christchurch for a few years so it was really great to see all the rebuilding that has taken place since the 2011 earthquakes. There were still road cones lining the streets, and a lot of buildings still being demolished, but in amongst the destruction there was a lot of beauty. There were […]