26.9.12

CAMBODIA


We spent a lot of time in Vietnam (who can blame us? what an amazing country!) so we decided to only stay one week in Cambodia... We only visited the capital city Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (near the amazing Ankor Wat).

The first pictures were taken in Phnom Penh, where we did some touristy things and met one of Joke's friends who was living there. We had a lot of fun biking around town! And a little down moment after our visit to the Tuol Sleng genocide museum. I didn't know a lot about the history of Cambodia so I was slightly shocked that so many awful things happened there, not so long ago! 

The fun thing about this city are the shopping streets... It was kind of weird actually: there were streets with only bicycle shops, streets with only fabric shops, etc. I think you'll have a lot of competition if you want to start some business there! Phnom Penh was also the first place where I saw people eating roasted insects and spiders! Joke and I had great food there (amazing Chinese dumplings and great pineapple fried rice) but didn't dare to try some of those insects!

Siem Reap was in one word amazing. We visited the Angkor Wat temple complex by sunrise. And we were not alone: it was a funny thing to see all the tourists with their camera's and iphone's and being annoyed by the thousands of mosquitoes! Our personal tuktukdriver showed us around and made sure we didn't miss a thing. The rest of our days in Siem Reap we spent at our kitschy swimming pool, shopping at the local market, having great food and nice parties. And of course... massages, it's vacation after all!

23.9.12

FOODIES IN VIETNAM




Vietnam in one word is: WOW. It was the 3rd country of our South East Asia trip and for me, definitely the one that impressed me the most. We crossed the country from north to south by bus.

We flew from Luang Prabang (Laos) to Hanoi and where completely overwhelmed by this extreme chaotic city! Luckily we were staying in this superdeluxe hostel where we could find some peace and quiet, the best breakfast ever (with a view over the city) and some great air conditioning to prevent some sweat attacks! We booked a trip to the well known Ha Long Bay (the picture above), a two day boat trip to this world heritage site. On this trip we had the first experience with the amazing Vietnamese food.

The second stop was Hoi An, a wonderful little city on the coast of Vietnam. We continued trying out the local food and had some amazing dishes: 'kau lau' (a soup) at the local market, 'wan tan' and of course the fresh spring rolls. We discovered a great bar with delicious cocktails and a lovely interior called 'Mango Rooms' and had some nice walks in the city. We rented some bikes and rode through some fields and along the water to the beach. We spent whole days sitting in 'La plage' reading books and enjoying the view. The best way to relax.

The only problem with Hoi An was the nightlife... Something we didn't like there at all. We took the bus to Nha Thrang. An other city, not as nice as Hoi An but we had a lot of fun at the local bars and on the funky monkey boat tour (do not ask any questions. But if you're in the neighborhood, you should check it out!).

Our last destination in Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh City. At first I was a little afraid that it would be as chaotic as Hanoi, but that wasn't the case. We met a lot of Belgian expats there and we were lucky to stay at one of their homes! Enjoying our new expat life, we had some massages and fancy food (I even had cactus for dinner, and believe it or not, it was REALLY good!). We ended with a nice trip to the Mekong Delta and a lot of great memories of our stay.