1.20.2012

The next adventure.





Photo credits: 1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Garion88 on Flickr via Pinterest // 2. Sand dunes meet the beach at Mui Ne by Dan Gair/Lovely Planet via Pinterest // 3. Hanoi by Chris Jones for The Guardian via Pinterest // 4. World's largest seated bronze Buddha in Hanoi via Pinterest // 5. Vietnamese market via Pinterest // 6. La Pan Tan village by Ngo Dzung via Pinterest // 7. Pongour Falls via Pinterest // 8. Ha Long Bay by National Geographic via Pinterest.

This year, we've set our sights on Vietnam and Cambodia for our next adventure! The idea is such a thrill, but also a little daunting - I've never traveled so far, and although I've visited countries where I've had only the faintest understanding of the language, we've always met up with fluent friends who were kind enough to act as our tour guides. This time, we will be lucky to have three awesome travel companions (our friends Hilary, Athena, and Bryan), but all five of us will be strangers in a strange land. It just adds to the excitement, I think. These photos are going to fuel some bad ass daydreams for the next few months.

Anybody out there ever visited Vietnam or Cambodia? Advice and suggestions are much appreciated!

10 comments:

  1. Yay! Adventure!

    I'm heading to Vietnam for two weeks on 23 February. I can't wait! As yet, I don't have any advice for you, but Sarah at cracks in the pavement has passed on some info. Also, Ellie at http://a-littlelady.blogspot.com/ is in Cambodia right now and has been making regular updates on her blog, so that might be worth checking out.

    So exciting!

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    1. yay! Sarah has been everywhere, hasn't she? She passed along info to me for our last vacation. :) She is awesome. Thanks for the other link as well. I'm excited to hear about your travels.

      Here is a blog I like and she just visited Vietnam too. http://www.finelittleday.com/?s=vietnam&fb_source=message I love the photos.

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  2. I got so excited by this picture of Pongour Falls that I had to google it. Sad face now. One site said that locals told one guy that a dam or something had been built and pretty much stopped the flow and as such, weren't worth visiting. A further search came up with this blog: http://journal.goingslowly.com/topic/vietnam/2011/01/motorbike-to-falls/ and their photos show a pretty much dried up rock face. Pretty, sure, but not quite the spectacular sight of the above picture. How sad!

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    1. Aw, bummer. I did remember reading that the waterfalls are best during the rainy season, and otherwise it may be dried up... If the pictured one is indeed a goner, I heard that there are lots of falls in that region that might be worth exploring?

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  3. Wow, what an epic adventure! It will be incredible, that's for sure!

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  4. how exciting!

    i've been passing on some tips to annelise about vietnam but i haven't visited cambodia. i'll ask my sister though as she was there a few years ago and see what she recommends. i find just talking to people while you're there is a good way of finding places to go.

    i love planning holidays!!

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    1. Awesome! I will definitely be picking your brain about it when it gets closer.

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