Seeing as it would be silly to go to Asia just for a weekend, we decided to go for a whole bunch of “weekends” spending a couple of days running around as many bucket list destinations (and a few non bucket list ones too).
Over the next couple of months we’ll be bringing you all the tales of our adventures, reviews of the places we’ve stayed and a ton of advice as to how to travel around South East Asia, especially if you’re the type of person who loves fast travel or wants to live vicariously through our blog: all are welcome.
Here’s a brief snapshot of what we did and what will be coming up in the next couple of months:
Day 1 – Going out: Landing in Oman, jumping in a hire car, getting lost (as there’s no google maps in Oman), eventually finding the Al Nadha Resort and Spa, having great food, enjoying the best massage I’ve ever received, trying to avoid the 50 degree centigrade heat, losing the car hire keys, hitching a ride back to the airport, flying on towards Bangkok.
Day 2 – coming back: Overnighting in style at the Chedi, Muscat: getting driven in a space-age limousine, wining and dining in a 5 star villa, waking up and diving into the pool to cool down in the scorching heat, before heading back to airport to catch the flight home.
Day 3: Hitting up the Siem Reap night market, eating truly fantastic food at Genevieve’s restaurant, eating some truly dodgy fried ice cream from a street vendor, having my feet being eaten by fish, haggling for some clothes that we really didn’t want.
Day 4: doing Angkor Wat… very badly!
Day 5 & 6: We ask the question “What would a holiday in Hanoi be like if we just blindly followed Tripadvisor and just did everything that was at number 1”. And then we thought: “That sounds fun, lets do it!” Our social experiment led us to eating beef steamed inside a bamboo stick, getting rowed down a river by a 10 year old girl using only her feet and finding a little gem of a hotel right in the heart of Hanoi.
Day 7 & 8: Cruising around Ha Long Bay for two days and two mornings speeding across Vietnam in a pimped out transit van.
Day 9: Taking a breather from our manic travels whilst enjoying a cocktail on top of a helipad above Kuala Lumpur. Getting a feel of Colonial Kuala Lumpur by staying at the Majestic Hotel, KL.
Day 10: Enjoying the diverse and multicultural side of Kuala Lumpur by eating as much as we can during our food tour of Malaysia’s capital.
Day 11: Riding the choppy waves of the Balinese Sea to get to the sunset paradise that is Gili Trawangan: an island that is cross between Ibiza and the Isle of Man… but in a good way.
Day 12: Partaking in a fire blessing: A Balinese ritual giving offerings and thanks to the fire good.
Day 13: Having a “pool party” at the famous jungle fish beach party… except it’s not on a beach but in a jungle.
Day 14: The bucket list day: Hike up a volcano at night to see sunrise, get a wash in a hot spring, go to a coffee plantation where they make coffee from jungle cat poo, drink some coffee, feel weird, go to a water temple for a water blessing, frolic on some rice terraces, go home and collapse.
Day 15: Get a sneak peak at one of Bali’s newest and most exciting hotels.
Day 16: Rent a car for a day and desperately try to find something in Bali that is not already super touristy.
Day 17: A quick stopover in Bangkok before heading home. When we say quick stopover, obviously we managed to fit in a 5 star Thai restaurant, a suite on the 53rd floor overlooking Bangkok, a 5 star lunch and a cheeky massage…
We’ll be sharing our stories and opinions to inspire and help you put together your own dream South East Asia experience.
First up next week: Our guide to an ultimate stopover in Oman.
Last modified: 14th November 2017