After our wonderful trip people asked: what was your favorite thing?
It’s an impossible, but popular question. I can’t narrow it down to one thing for the whole trip, but I will do it for each city.
- Bali had the beautiful rice terraces.
- Wakatobi’s fish diversity and population, as well as the healthy coral, is something I’ll never forget and hope I get to see again. Fish soup!
- Jogja’s temples were simply stunning.
- The beautiful and vast orchid gardens took my breath away.
- Bangkok’s floating market, while touristy, was really a lot of fun. Enjoyed the train market’s vastness, as well. And of course, Mr. Oat.
- Chiang Rai’s market was the longest one we’d ever been to. It just kept going and going. Riding in the boat down the river was an adventure, too. That White Temple was a trip.
- Chiang Mai’s favorites are a tie between Elephant Nature Park and the lantern festival. Impossible to choose on that one.
- Naka Island with the best views from our villa and our little adopted cat. I hope he’s OK!
- The people in Hanoi were wonderful, as was the Old Quarter and the delicious food.
- Ha Long Bay’s stunning islands in the mist were gorgeous.
- In Ninh Binh was the first time the children called hello to us with big smiles. The rice terraces in the mountains and trekking through them was also special.
- Dalat was a city I really loved. It’s the perfect temperature for most of the world’s flowers to grow. The sheer amount of flowers we saw, that started when the plane landed, was overwhelming in the best sense of the word.
- Mekong Delta’s boat cruise and interactions with the locals was a highlight of the trip for me.
- Saigon was definitely more modern, but the people remained as friendly as those you met elsewhere in Vietnam.
These are just the highlights I can think of off the top of my head. The trip was amazing and I already asked Sal if work would let him take another leave and how long we’d have to wait before we could do something like this again. In the meanwhile, we will continue to see as much of the world as we can. It’s truly our favorite thing to do. Get out there and see stuff. Broaden your world. You won’t regret it.