After 3 wonderful weeks in Australia we left for Fiji. There is no word that can describe how good Fiji was. It is my favourite place so far. I was so excited that everything made me happy. This bottle of water for example made me super happy. You see Fiji water in so many magazines and this is the pricy luxury water from the beautiful Fiji, and you think that you might never go to a place that beautiful. I would never ever spend tons of money on this water in Norway, just because our Norwegian water is great and from the tap. But here I was in Fiji drinking this exotic water. Our trip was booked through Awesome Fiji Adventures and we had Island jumping in the Yasawa Islands. Our first Island was Wayalailai resort. It was beautiful there and the people working there was super nice. They almost felt like my family taking so good care of us. :) The resort is owned by a village so the women from the village gave you the possibility to make bracelets, necklaces etc with sea pearls or you could wave your own book mark. This was so they could earn more money that went straight to the village. I had fun sitting there with them, talking and learning about different Fijian things. :) The first night the people working at the resort had an evening with Bula dance and warrior dance and stuff. I won the Bula queen price this evening. So I got a free beer. Hooray! On Sunday we got to attend their church service. Probably about 80% was in Fijian, but it was fun to do a local thing and experience a little bit of their daily life. Somebody got bored during the service. :)
Our second island/resort was White Sandy Beach. A very fun resort as well, but slightly different. The place felt more like a touristic spot comparing to the other resort, but the people working here were younger so it had more of a party place feeling. Weather changed the second day here. It was beautiful. On this resort we got to go out and snorkel with Manta Rays. That was insane! So awesome, it’s something that you do not do every day. These animals are so huge. The one I managed to see was about 3-4 meters. That is a lot! Unfortunately I don’t have any photos from the snorkelling. At least not yet.
This island had also another beach we could explore on the other side. Of course, like everything else in Fiji, it was beautiful. Our next and last stop in Fiji was Nabua. Nothing bad to say about that place either. I LOVE FIJI!!!
The first night here we had super fun with staff. Got to drink tons of kava and had a little party together. Last day was of course super sad, but some of us went to see a village on this island. Tons of cute kids running around and people are so nice! And then, goodbye Fiji. :( Fiji is the best place so far. I have never met as friendly people as Fijians. They made me feel so welcome and at home. Not to mention the place is beautiful. Sunsets are amazing, the water is amazing, beaches, EVERYTHING. If you haven’t been to Fiji, you should go there!
Sad to leave but the trips goes on and our next stop is Hong Kong. :)
After the Philippines we went a short trip to Thailand for four days and then left to stay 3 weeks in Australia. We started off with a couple of days in Sidney before we were heading off to the Gold Coast to stay at our friend Elin’s house for a couple of weeks.
I get now why Emirates is the top airline company in the world.We stayed at a very nice backpacker hostel, do not remember the name right now though. Our roomies were super messy, but super-duper fun!
Tree hugging ginger…
I think that the design of the opera house is pretty cool, but (Sorry Australians that are so proud of this building), I was kind of disappointed because I thought it would be a lot bigger. After Sidney we jumped on a plane that took us to Brisbane/Gold Coast. We were going to spend about 2 weeks here at our friend Elin’s house. She’s a very good friend of mine from back home and I hadn’t seen her in a while, so it was super fun to go and visit her. We also got to meet a couple of other friends that we studied with in Norway and we hadn’t seen them for a couple of years, so it was great to see them again! :)
Here in Gold Coast we didn’t do too much. Just relaxing at the beach, went out, ate good food, and super good desserts. We just enjoyed life!
We also got to meet Magnus! A cute guy that went to the same school as us in Norway. Hadn’t seen him either for a couple of years.
LOVE ANIMALS IN AUSTRALIA! Well, Maybe not all of them, but at least these two! :) We also got to experience Byron Bay. We had super fun there and got to learn how to surf. That was awesome! I want to keep doing that when I get to Norway. It’s so so hard, but fun. :)
Our last stop in Australia was the Great Barrier Reef. We booked for a two day sailing trip where we got to see Whitehaven Beach and slept on an island for two nights. It was beautiful there, but the weather was crappy. A little bit sad, but you can’t always have super good weather.
Thank you very much Australia for tons of fun. Our next stop is wonderful Fiji.
Before getting to Halong Bay we had a stop over to the town of Hue. For me this town was not very exciting at all. Not much to see and do there but I managed to somehow have fun anyways. I always do! We also had a pretty nice bus ride up the mountains. Arriving Hue we went to eat lunch and then had a little walk to a market. We were supposed to go to the forbidden city, but for some reason we ended up taking a taxi back to the hotel. The next day we left this boring city for Halong Bay. After about 12 hours of train (this time a good train) and 4 hours of bumpy bus ride, we arrived Halong Bay, checked in to the hotel and drove down to the dock for our boat ride. After lunch we arrived to a place where we could do some kayaking. This was my first time and in the kayak with me was my dear friend Katie. We thought it was pretty boring at the beginning and we were gonna do it for 1 hour. But, after a little bit we decided to stop following the group and do our own thing. So we paddled to the sea gypsies, said hello to them and got a free beer. They also wanted us to get up on their house to see their fish farm, but we didn’t have the time for that since our group was waaaaaaaaay ahead of us. After the kayaking the boat took us to see a cave. And in the cave me and my friend Katie met our Philipino friends from the Kayaking. You see, we didn’t have much control over the kayak so we bumped into everything and everyone. This was a family that was sightseeing on a small boat which we crashed into. They just laughed about it and we started talking with them, so when we met them in the cave of course we had to take a photo with them. :) Back on the boat we celebrated beautiful Ana’s birthday with some wine. :)And of course the birthday girl had to have some cake for dessert :)) After Halong Bay we drove up to Hanoi which was my last stop in Vietnam. Me and my travel partner would leave the group here and move on to the Philippines. A little bit of sightseeing around the city…
We also got to try some really really cheap street food. It was very simple but tasted really good. A meal for less than five dollars. Happy times! :) And after dinner we needed to top it up with a 50 cent beer. Wonderful!The night was ended by going out partying. Fun night!
Thank you people for making my 20 days in Cambodia and Vietnam the best! Couldn’t have asked for a better group. My next stop was Manila, and even if it was going to be weird leaving 16 people and being just me and my friend, I was looking forward to get there and meet other friends. The reason of why we wanted to go to the Philippines in the first place. The wonderful Delgado family. :)
Our second stop in Vietnam was Nha Trang and oh boy, I looked forward to that. Our tour leader told us it was nice there with a nice beach and the hotel just few meters from it. It was amazing there. It was so clean, water beautiful, and our hotel had finally soft and extremely comfy beds. Had been sleeping on slightly hard beds since we left Bangkok the 15th of March, so for me who got a annoying back, it was really nice to sleep in a proper bed. Especially also after taking our first night train out of 3. And apparently this was the nice night train, so did not look forward to the others, Wonderful lunch at the beach. Love drinking fresh coconut.
Here our tour leader also took us to an amazing restaurant. It was so simple with plastic chairs and tables. But you could barbecue your own food. So you just had to order what you wanted to barbecue. It was delicious!
At night we went to a sailor club to have a couple of drinks and this was the best party night with the group. Everybody was just having fun, dancing, talking, cheap drinks and we were at a beautiful place. Couldn’t get any better. :)
Last day in Nha Trang we just chilled at the beach before leaving for our second night train. LOVE NHA TRANG. Was nice with a little touristic area with clean streets, sun, beach and a few western stores so I actually could manage to find something that fits. Next stop; Hoi An.
After a couple of days in SIem Reap, our journey continued to the capital Phnom Pehn. We had a wonderful six hours bus ride, with weird Asian music videoes with guys crying over slutty girls, karaoke and a bus driver that would hunk every single minute.
Don’t know why buses in Asia are so tacky. Fascinating. The Killing Fields was one of the most exciting thing for me. I was pretty ignorant and I didn’t quite know what the Killing Fields was, so it was pretty awful to get the history of it standing there. The worst part was when our tour guide told us that when it rains the mud wash away and you can spot human bones and pieces of clothes from the time people got killed there.
Another thing that was awful was a tree were they killed children by holding their feet and smashing their head into it. I hate cruelty, wars and everything that has to do with people getting tortured and killed. Too many innocent people died here. So many cruel things happened here but the place is so quiet now. People lives outside of it, next to it there’s a school with children running around playing. There are fields with people harvesting food or whatever they harvest in Cambodia :) After the Killing Fields we went to the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum. The site was a former high school but was used as a prison under the Khmer Rouge regime. We also got to meet one of the survivors. I felt so sorry for him and just wanted to give him a hug. But that would have been to weird….
It was an interesting day where I got more insight in Cambodia’s war history. Not very cosy and pleasant, but everybody should learn more history so we can at least try to prevent it from happening again.
History wasn’t all we did, we also got to go to a big big market. I think it’s one of the biggest in Phnom Penh. Aaand, I saw the Royal Palace from the outside
And at last we had the cheapest dinner in Cambodia. Think I paid around 1 dollar for dinner at this place. Nothing fancy, but good enough. Love these people. Superfun guys! Miss you all :)