Last September, I travelled for 4 weeks through Vietnam and a short time through Cambodia with my mum and grandfather. It was such an amazing experience to do this with my grandfather who is 79! My mum and I have travelled quite a bit together in the past – UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Bali… I definitely got the travel bug gene from her.
Going on this trip was a once in a lifetime chance to say the least. Not only because of the sentimental family side of it but because of what we experienced. The beautiful people, the food, the culture, the history.
It’s the first time I’ve spent time in South-East Asia apart from Bali and a short 5 days in Thailand for a wedding and I absolutely loved it.
Firstly, Cambodia was a place that I feel is so underrated. The people here were even friendlier than the Vietnamese and so much more unaffected by tourism.
I cannot wait to go back and see more of Cambodia as we only spent 4 days here in Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat & in Phnom Penh.
Vietnam was amazing for the food, the scenery and also the textiles! We stumbled across some sellers at a market in Sapa who sell the traditional indigo fabrics and we shopped up a storm. Textile hunting was something I had long been looking forward to on the trip, except we found it so hard to find any artisans selling their traditional work. We were so lucky to find the sellers that we did.
Our itinerary for the holiday was Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Ho Chi – Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sapa – Home. We packed a lot in!I could tell you about the whole trip but we did so much, it would take an essay!
The main reason for this post is that I wanted to share some of my travel pics (in no particular order…) One of my passions is travel photography and most of these were taken on my Samsung Galaxy phone.
I hope these images give you a feel for Vietnam & Cambodia, I encourage anyone thinking of going to either country to definitely do so. It’s a special part of the world and so inspiring for creative types.
If you’d like to know more about the trip, how we got from A-B, any travel hints or tips for Vietnam and Cambodia or anything else, feel free to comment below!