Over the last month or two, we’ve been working our way through Southeast Asia. Peter recently wrote about what our time there cost us (spoiler alert: it was worth it), and here’s a run down of what we actually did during that time.
When I last wrote a travel update, we were in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. After two weeks at the beach there, we went to Siem Reap to spend Christmas in the city and take in Angor Wat. We saw five of the 85 total temples in Angkor Wat (85!) and were impressed by the diversity of architecture there. You’d think the temples would look relatively similar, but they all have different purposes and pretty different styles.
Siem Reap itself was a nice city itself, and we managed to squeeze in some Khmer massages and a handful of $1.50 margaritas before leaving the country.
We arrived in Bangkok, Thailand a few days before New Years and went about exploring the city. The Grand Palace of Bangkok was incredibly impressive. It’s the official residence of the Kings of Siam, although today it’s used for events only. It has two halves – a religious side and a side for government affairs – and the religious side is the highlight.
Beyond that, there’s some good temples around town we saw, and we managed to take a cooking class to learn how to make some Thai dishes.
From Bangkok, we flew to Phuket, an island in Thailand, to meet with up our friend, Pilar. We stayed there a few weeks to take a break from the constant movement of travel, and spent our time catching up with Pilar, walking the island and doing lovely normal things like play pool and mini-golf.
Peter also used his time to get his PADI certification and practice his new skills.
Peter and I spent a day trekking to the Similan Islands from Phuket, which were quite simply the most beautiful islands I’ve EVER been to. They literally look like a postcard.
And Pilar and I checked our Krabi, which is called the best beach in Thailand. It was also stunning.
From Thailand, we flew to Bali to kickstart a few weeks traveling around Indonesia. We started in Ubud, the main city in Bali, and absolutely loved it. The food is wonderful, there’s great shopping and a million day trips you can do from the city.
We saw a Balinese ballet:
And visited the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces:
From there, we visited Pemuteran, Amed and Sanur – three coastal beach towns in Bali. Despite it being rainy season, we managed to get a few days of sunshine to check out the beaches and do some snorkeling/diving.
We also spent a week on the Gili Islands, three small islands in between Bali and Lombok. They are so small you can walk around each in under two hours. The islands are known for their sea turtles, which we were lucky enough to see on a few occasions under water.
Whew! That brings us to our current location – New Zealand. We’re spending about three weeks road tripping from Queenstown on the south island to Auckland on the North Island, with a handful of stops in between.
I’ll be posting more information on that shortly….