We're home from our travels, and after a whole day in the air, and a mean case of jet lag, I'm ready to get back in the saddle here at Whirlybird. Two weeks in Southeast Asia felt like two months, although I vaguely remember my naive notion of mobile blogging. As soon as my foot touched the Saigon sidewalk, that idea was promptly tossed to the curb and whooshed down the street into a rushing stream of wheel-to-wheel scooter traffic. Any downtime not spent on a bus or train, amounted to exhausted naps beside an oscillating fan, and a few quiet moments of gratitude for the amazing adventure we were on.
Two weeks. 5 stops.
In two weeks, we traveled over 1,600 miles between five destinations, spanning nearly the entire country of Vietnam with a detour into Cambodia to explore the ancient city of Angkor. We traveled by taxi, cyclo, bus, tuk tuk, bicycle, private car, overnight train, speed boat, ferry and two planes. We visited Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Hanoi, Ha Long City, Cat Ba Island, Danang, Hoi An, and Cham Island. We cruised the South China Sea, through Ha Long Bay and the Gulf of Tonkin. In other words, a whirlwind.