Posts Tagged With: Halong Bay

I’m Alive!

Well hello again! Things have been quiet here for the past two and half weeks while I’ve been traveling through Cambodia and Vietnam with a good friend from college.  I barely have time to breathe back here in Chiang Mai before taking off tomorrow morning for another trip to the Lawa Village where I previously lived for three weeks back in February.  I’m eager to get back and see all the kids, including possibly my favorite baby in the world (she was just on the verge of being able to walk when I left.. I’m hoping she may be walking this time!)  

This trip to Pa Pae will be a welcome vacation from my vacation, which was amazing but quite the whirlwind and rather exhausting.  Trying to get through Cambodia and Vietnam in just two weeks is hard.  Most people take 3-4 weeks in each country, fully maximizing the 30 day visas.  We spent 4 days in Cambodia and 10 in Vietnam (and 1 in Bangkok where we met up.)  Amazingly, everything went pretty smoothly!  Details and pictures will be posted next week when I return from Pa Pae, but I’ll leave you with one as a teaser…

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Relaxing on an overnight cruise through Halong Bay. And yes, I’m rocking quite the flip flop tan.

Highlights included Angkor Wat (NOT overrated), Starbucks in Saigon, touring the DMZ with a former ARVN officer, Halong Bay, successfully crossing roads in Vietnam, and lots of pho and rice paper spring rolls.  As much fun as it was, I’m happy to be back in Thailand with my pad thai and only slightly frenzied traffic.  Man did this trip open my eyes to how much I love Chiang Mai and how (relatively) quiet it is. Anyways, I’m getting ahead of myself. I am alive and well and will share more soon once I’ve had time to process it all (and sort through the 700 photos I took!) 🙂

❤ J

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