We first visited Chiang Mai in November, when a friend came to visit us and we did a whirlwind, 10-day Thailand tour. We spent two of those days in Chiang Mai and that was enough to convince us that a one-month stay would be alright! Chiang Mai, which is about 700 km to the north of Bangkok, is a digital nomad’s paradise. Affordable accommodations, hundreds of cafés, western amenities mixed with traditional Thai charm – it’s the perfect place to settle down and in December, we headed back to settle down for a month for those exact reasons!
We recently spent one night at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi during our month-long tour of Vietnam. Needless to say this hotel was our ‘poshest’ accommodations in Vietnam. Actually, the ‘poshest’ of our current round the world trip.
Opened in October 2013, the property is designed by famous architect, Carlos Zapata, the same architect who designed the iconic Bitexco Financial Centre tower in Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel is situated outside of Hanoi’s bustling city centre and serves as a retreat for both tourists and business folk alike.
Friendly faces from Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort greeted us the moment we exited Da Nang airport. One of Sunrise’s vehicles (with cold bottled water and air conditioning) was there to pick us up for the 35 minute drive to the resort. Our driver was knowledgeable about the local area and answered all of our questions. Upon arrival at Sunrise, several staff were on hand to welcome us and ensure our luggage made it safely to our room.
Skydive Ramblers, Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia
Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), Cambodia
December 4-9, 2014
Armed with an understanding of Cambodia’s past and having being introduced to some of the friendliest locals we’ve met on this trip, it was time to head north from Phnom Penh and discover the Kingdom of Cambodia’s famous temples that dot the region known as Angkor. Siem Reap is the main city in the area and the hub that hosts backpackers and families alike, all of whom are in town for the same reason: to visit the famous Angkor Wat. (Note: Wat = Temple)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
December 1-6, 2014
After getting our first taste of Asian culture in Bangkok, we were eager for new discoveries and were ready to tackle anything Cambodia’s capital, and largest city had to throw at us, or so we thought.
The song says, ‘one night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster,’ and this couldn’t be more accurate. Absolutely anything goes in this crazy city, and I mean anything! While we are far from living the traditional backpacker lifestyle, it is so easy to see why this city is a backpacker haven. Backpackers and well, 50+ single men.