Apologies for the blog being quiet for over a week. I was mean’t to post before we left on the 10th December but with work commitments to finish up and pack and then be up early to catch our coach to Manchester airport, I’ve just not had time!
So, as you can see we have been backpacking around Vietnam & Cambodia! We decided last year we wanted to be away for Christmas (and from Christmas as we’d had enough of the tackiness and superficiality of it all) and I’ve been saving small amounts each month of 2017 to be able to be abroad right now. We were initially going to just concentrate on Vietnam and travel up the country however the weather in the middle of Vietnam is not so great, its typhoon season and heavy rainfall in that area, so instead we opted for a multiple entry visa in order for us to visit Cambodia for a short while.
Our Itinerary began with a couple of days in Ho Chi Minh city (also known as Saigon) in Vietnam, then we travelled to Cai Be and Chow Doc to travel along the Mekong river to get to the Cambodian boarder. Here we spent a day in Phenom Penh- Cambodia’s capital city before heading up to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat of which we we stayed for four days to really soak up the vastness of the ancient temples. After that we flew out of Cambodia back to Vietnam, Hanoi but we plan to see more of Hanoi a few days before we leave the UK so we didn’t stay there too long and ventured to Cat Ba Island to enjoy the famous Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Soon after that we ventured to Ninh Binh which is our current location and where we plan to stay for four days, including Christmas Day, shortly after we’ll catch a sleeper bus up to Sapa and the IndoChina Mountains for a few days before heading back to Hanoi to explore the city properly and do some last minute souvenir shopping. We fly back to be in the UK for New Years Eve.