Anonymous asked: When you flew from Chiang Mai to Bangkok about how many bahts? Also did you book this flight before coming to Thailand or can you just do it easily while you are there?
Hey! That flight cost me about 2,000 baht including luggage and tax. It only took 90 minutes! I booked it online, the day before I flew. I don’t think it would be hard to get one at the airport! Check Airasia and Nok for good prices :)
Kampot- We crossed the border way down south, and as Kampot is the first major town (only like 40 minutes from the border) I spontaneously hopped off the bus here looking for a bit of respite before heading to the islands for New Years. This was the best decision I’ve ever made, in my life. I have too many good things to say about Kampot, so I might just make a whole post dedicated to the town.
Koh Rong- I arrived on Koh Rong the day before NYE, with a bed booked for me at White Rose Guesthouse (one of the quieter, cleaner places on the island) and stayed for 4 nights. At first I didn’t really like Koh Rong as it was absolutely FULL of people (granted, I was there between Christmas and NYE so what did I expect) and despite efforts, was pretty dirty. However as an island it offers incredible secluded beaches, jungle trails and heaps of water activities, and my time here was definitely not wasted.
Sihanoukville (Otres II)- Unfortunately, I got fairly sick on my last day on Koh Rong and had to stop unplanned in Sihanoukville to recover. Turns out, despite what i’d heard, this was a great place to recover. Otres II is the smallest and least developed of the beaches in the Sihanoukville area, with a few budget guesthouses and a great stretch of beach. I stayed here for 2 nights before going BACK to Kampot.
Phnom Penh- I visited four countries, several large cities and was offered three jobs while travelling, but Phnom Penh is the only place I found where I could actually live. I ended up pushing my stay here to four nights, when I had only planned for two. Such a diverse and easy city.
Battambang- I stayed in Battambang for two nights, arriving late at night and leaving early in the morning, so effectively only one day. This was enough though, hiring motorbikes and seeing everything the town had to offer. There’s not much to do here so I think I spent the right amount of time.
Siem Reap- I’m not sure why, but I didn’t enjoy Siem Reap as much as I thought I would. It’s tiny compared to Phnom Penh but is quite compact so all the main traveller attractions are within walking distance (except Angkor, obviously) and it is an undeniably attractive city. I think what it is, is that I resent how Angkor Wat/Siem Reap draws travellers from Thailand for a few days in the middle of their trip, and while it’s a great tourist destination and any tourism for the country is fantastic,so many people miss out on the real culture and country of Cambodia.
Anonymous asked: Roughly how much did you spend on your backpacking trip?
Umm, I probably (definitely) could have spent less! But in reality, about $1100 on flights (eight all together- including 6 internal flights) and approx $3500 on every day stuff including accommodation, transport, tours (like ha long bay) and food. I think it boiled down to about $45 a day?
Anonymous asked: How Long did you save for your trip for? Was it hard to do?
I began booking flights in April, so I think I started saving in January, which was ten months before I left so it wasn’t really that hard to save because it was so gradual? But I just kept consistently putting away money and also used some that I receive for a university scholarship!
Anonymous asked: How old are you?
Anonymous asked: You are so hotttt!!!!
This is hilarious. I’m very flattered, thank you? I feel 16 again
Hanoi - I spent five days in Hanoi all together, before and after going to Sapa and Ha Long Bay. I haven’t met many people who actually like this city but it was my first overseas experience, so I found so much to do. Any more time here and I would have grown sick of the frenetics.
Sapa- Sapa is an overnight train ride from Hanoi, so although I only spent three days/two nights in the region itself, it took another two nights worth of travelling to get there and back. I found Sapa completely awe-inspiring and would have stayed another two nights if I had time, and also if the weather was nicer as it started snowing the week after I left!
Ha Long Bay- one of the highlights of my whole time in Asia, mostly because of the people I met. I spent two nights here which was the perfect amount of time- was super disappointed by how the area is kept considering it’s a world heritage site, but I didn’t expect much better really.
Hue- a welcome change from the city, I planned on spending three days here but could only stand to stay for one. Hue seemed to have no energy and although exploring the citadel was fun, there’s not a lot else to do.
Hoi An- easily my favourite spot in Vietnam, I was here for five full days and could have stayed another week even despite the bad weather. Such a charming little place and so easy to get around in, with the best food I ate in Vietnam.
Nha Trang- the best way to describe Nha Trang through my eyes is ‘Elephant graveyard for Russians’. I was here for three nights and had fun but couldn’t wait to leave- great for partying and the beach but the weather was awful and the whole place was a bit sleazy. So many activities though.
Dalat- Dalat was a wildcard for me as I hadn’t planned on going there but knew I didn’t want to spend a long time in Saigon. I took a day bus from Nha Trang which offered the most stunning scenery, even competing with Sapa. I spent my one day here on a motorbike, riding the countryside, which was a nice break between Nha Trang and Saigon.
Saigon- to be honest, I didn’t do very much in this city. I was there for Christmas which was great as the holiday is celebrated by lots of people in the south, but it was huge and hard to get around in so really I just went to the war remnants museum and markets. I think I spent four nights, arriving the day before Christmas Eve.
Ha Tien- I’m not sure whether to count this border town, but I spent about eight hours here before crossing into Cambodia. While I couldn’t have stayed a night here, it was a perfectly nice place to wander around and meet locals.
Anonymous asked: Where are you going next? Start planning so I have something to read!
gah I wish it were that simple… I’m tossing up between a few places, depending on how much money I can save before Uni holidays in July/December. It’s looking like India/Myanmar or Indonesia? I’ll keep you posted :/
So, It’s done. I’m safe at home after eighty days backpacking across Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. In the next few days i’ll be posting a brief itinerary of my time in each country. Here’s a map of my trip- beginning in Northern Vietnam, heading down the coast and across Cambodia before going into Northern Thailand and down the peninsular into Malaysia.
becomfortablewithwhoyouare asked: I've enjoyed following your trip through your blog, it looks like you had the time of your life! I'm starting to look forward to my backpacking adventures around Europe, it will be different to doing it around Asia but I'm sure the experience will be equally amazing
Yay cal thanks so much :) you’re right, Europe will be a totally different ballpark- you’re going to see and experience SO much. Having lived in England for bit will definitely help you get your head around it all too! x