The path I’m following…

Hanoi
Pic Credit: Wikipedia. Link available here.

Following on from my announcement in last weeks post, it is now a mere 6 weeks until I set off on my travels with James! That being the case, I thought that I would share the first half of the path that I will be following during my eight months abroad and the things that I’m excited to experience in the countries we’ll be visiting…

VIETNAM

We’ll be starting our journey in Hanoi where we plan to stop and explore for a bit. After 4 days or so we will be moving on to Halong Bay in time for James’ birthday! We’re hoping to book on to one of the over night cruises here and will be looking to relax on the beaches and explore the caves. The food in Vietnam is said to be very cheap, around £2 to £3 per meal so I plan to eat….A LOT….I’m so excited for it!

We are planning to stop in Vietnam for around 2 months as we would like to travel down the coast towards Ho Chi Minh. This will include stops in Hue, the Hoi Van Pass, Hoi An (where I may attend a cookery class), Da Nang and possibly Dalat and Nha Trang if we have time.

Halong Bay
Pic Credit: Lonely Planet. Link available here.
Hoi An ingrediants
Pic Credit: Lonely Planet. Link can be found here.

 

CAMBODIA

Around mid-November we will be making our way into Cambodia. We’ll be heading to Phnom Penh for a week before making our way onto Siem Reap. James is really excited about Cambodia, especially the visit we are planning to make to Angor Wat.

Angor Wat
Pic Credit: Wikipedia. Link available here.

 

THAILAND

We are planning on spending December in Thailand so we’ll be here for both Christmas and New Years! We are expecting to fly into Bangkok from Siem Reap and stay for around 5 days. From what I’ve read, I think that this will be enough time to get a good look around the city.

We will then fly north to Chiang Mai where I am really excited to visit the Elephant Nature Park. When I was younger, I always wanted to ride on an elephant but in the last few years I’ve come to find out about the mistreatment of the elephants used for commercial gain in Thailand. The Elephant Nature Park acts as a sanctuary for the elephants that have been mistreated in the last few years and volunteers get the chance to help wash and feed elephants for the day. I’m not going to lie, I can be quite timid around large animals but this is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity and something I feel that I would regret if I didn’t do.

Elephants2
Pic Credit: Elephant Nature Park. Link available here.

 

After around 5 days in Chiang Mai, we will be heading down to Phuket where we plan to do a bit of island hopping. Phi Phi is definitely on the list but we still aren’t 100% sure on our route at the moment. All I know is that I’d like to spend my Christmas day on a white sandy beach like this:

phiphi-islands.jpg
Pic Credit: Google Image. Link available here.

 

So far this is only the first five months of our trip. I’ll share the last three months with you in a later post. Our plans are still fairly fluid at the moment but we are trying to nail down some dates. Especially as we are headed to Thailand during one of its peak seasons! I’ll update once we make up our minds.

Obviously none of the above pictures of mine as I have yet to experience these beautiful countries but I’ll definitely be sharing some of my own as time goes on! Links have been shared in all captions above.

This isn’t a sponsored post – just my excited ramblings!

 

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