Before I left the UK to travel India and Southeast Asia this year, getting an English teaching job in Vietnam was already on the agenda. I don’t mean I had a job lined up, I was going with the intention of rocking up and finding one. Obviously earning some more cash to prolong the travels was a big motivator and I was looking for something productive to do.
Gaining some experience in a job that can be done most places in the world also sold it for me, like it does for many. With a degree in English Language but totally unrelated job history I decided this would be a great way to finally put it to good use. That’s definitely not to say you need an English degree, or a degree at all in some cases, which I’ll come to later in this post!… Read more
Ah, Siem Reap. Despite being a bit of a beach bum and regretting running out of cash on Koh Rong, this little tourist hub actually turned out to be my favourite place in Cambodia. After discovering the temples of Angkor, Adam and I found plenty to keep us occupied for the duration of our 6 day stay. Here are my top picks of extra things to do in Siem Reap.… Read more
Seeing Angkor Wat at sunrise is one of the most recommended and popular things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia. One thing I didn’t realise until it was too late was if you buy your ticket after 5pm the evening before, it’s valid for the next day therefore you can visit at both sunset and sunrise.
Passes to the temple complex are available for 1 day at $20, 3 days at $40 and 7 days at $60. Adam and I were undecided for a while whether to go for the 3 day pass, or the 1 day pass and just focus on the most popular and well known temples.
In the end having done Hampi in India and recently Myson in Vietnam, we agreed we’d had our fix of temple ruins and were happy to go for the 1 day. It was also more agreeable with our budget, though I think 2 or 3 days would have been a perfect amount of time to explore a little further and at a more leisurely pace.… Read more
When Adam and I made our way to Cambodia we knew we wanted to make it to some of the notorious chilled out beaches.
We arrived in Phnom Penh and got straight to visiting the Killing Fields and S21 museum. (Both are must dos and as you would imagine, make for an emotional and eye opening experience). There wasn’t a lot else going on for us in the city of Phnom Penh itself so we were looking forward to heading down to the beaches around Sihanoukville, mainly Otres beach, which I’d heard and read so much about.
Our friend, Karolina, was down there and warned us that it was extremely quiet. As a very out going solo traveller I thought maybe she might have a different perspective compared to Adam and I! We don’t mind a bit of chill every now and then but as soon as we arrived in Otres I realised that when she said quiet, she really meant quiet!… Read more
I was fortunate enough to visit Hoi An twice during my 3 months in Vietnam. The first was on the route down from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and the second was when my parents came out to visit on holiday.
The first time Adam and I were there we spent a rushed 3 days changing accommodation each morning due to over bookings. We got to explore the ancient town and spent a couple of hours at the beach but we left without having time to really think about one of the main attractions, getting something tailor made!
Also, you need to go in knowing what you want. I was pretty certain I wanted a new dress but wasn’t sure of the style. So after a couple of months living in Ho Chi Minh City I was ready to go back with something in mind.… Read more