This time last year The Fella and I were 6 weeks into our 5 month travelling ‘extravaganza’, our first foray into the world of South East Asia. Was that really a whole year ago??!! Since returning from The Trip the inevitable questions have been asked by inquisitive home birds; Dream destination? Perfect paradise ? Impossible to say, BUT, Vietnam and Indonesia have been at the top of every tale, the go to answer every time.
So when this years holiday choice was looming, unfortunately withoutthe years worth of savings and ‘only’ in possession of 2 and a half weeks annual leave from The Orrifice, we briefly considered the short haul to The Canaries or slightly longer trip to The Red Sea, but quickly discounted these feeing the world was our oyster! The excitement of last years travels quickly resurfacing. However, with no time to prep for vaccinations and visa applications, it didn’t take us long to decide on a hop, skip and jump back to a few of our favourite haunts in Hong Kong and then onto Vietnam. With the visa requirements being a pay on arrival system for 15 days we thought what better than a catch up with friends from our previous adventure and maybe a bit of new exploration.
Writing this whilst sitting in Hong Kong International Airport, waiting for our flight to Da Nang, having spent the last 3 days between Hong Kong and Macau, all I can say is I’m delighted we did! A rather raucous night in The Corner Stop Bar, Kowloon side, followed by a whistle stop tour of The Venetian and The Parisian casinos on the Cotai strip have reminded me why I love this part of the world so much. The people, the food, the tradition and the modernity all combine to create a melting pot of noise, fun and discovery.
Having just made the most of a cheeky airport lounge massage and complementary Vino Tinto (well why not?! I don’t have to stretch the cash for 5 months this time!), I’m transported back to Thailand and my rather excruciating massage that left me bruised if not slightly more flexible. I’m reminded how amazed I was that petite, perfectly p olite people can inflict so much pain and still smile so sweetly. The lovely lady from Hong Kong who just battered me for half an hour has probably fixed my hunched, mouse clicking, screen peering posture and my cranky jet lag mood will be much improved tomorrow…if she hasn’t caused permanent damage to my kidneys…so onwards, from China to Vietnam!
About to board a plane to Da Nang, Central Vietnam, apparently under several feet of water due to massive downpour of non stop rain for the last few weeks, I’m thinking maybe Egypt may have been the wiser choice if I was after a tan. Perhaps my bikini won’t be needed after all. But at least I’ll get to eat Banh Mi, visit our palMr Duc in Hoi An and visit the craziness that is Ho Chi Minh City. But will it be as awe inspiring and exciting as our last visit? Am I setting myself up for disappointment by returning to somewhere I loved so much last year? How could it possibly be so good? Well let’s find out! Bring it on I say, here’s to some new memories being made.