1. Canada, 2. Kenya, 3. CanadaHongkongMalaysiaVietnam!!
24.07.2010 20 °C
I don't know if anyone still reads this, but I'm sure it'll give my family some peace of mind when I'm in Vietnam at least.. (They can't get past thinking that there's a "smell of Napalm in the morning"..).
Anyway, I'm leaving tomorrow to start my summer trip; the last thing I do before 3 years of education! I'm flying with Air Canada as a standby passenger (thanks to my cousin being a flight attendant!), which means I may or may not get on the flight based on available seats/passengers missing flights/Air Canada employees wanting to fly, and pure luck! As it's the first weekend of the summer hols, the flights are rather full - overbooked in fact! I'm aiming of the 2nd flight of the day, so hopefully, if I don't get on that one, I wont be waiting in Heathrow for too long!
I'll be spending a few days in the city, staying with my grandmother, seeing friends etc, and then I'm going up to my friend's cottage on Lake Kawagama in Muskoka, Ontario. I've gone for the past 7 or 8 summers, and it's such a lovely tradition - I can't wait to get back!
On August 5th, I fly (standby again!) to Hong Kong. Luckily, this flight isn't as overbooked, so fingers crossed! I'm getting a flight from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur on the same day I land, and I'm meeting up with Vanessa, my bezza!! Her dad works in KL, so I'm staying in his condo with her family for a few nights before we fly off to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
We (refers to Vanessa and I from now on) will be staying in HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City) for 2 nights, and then taking an overnight train up to a place called Nha Trang, which is a beachy area about 1/4 of the way up the Vietnamese coast. We're sleeping in 'Backpacker's House', which is apparently full of... Backpackers! It should be fun, and hopefully we'll meet lots of travellers. From Nha Trang we're taking another bus down to Dalat, which is a city located 1500m above sea level in the Central Highlands. We're only stopping here for one night, with a certain visit to the 'Crazy House'.. Just google it...
After our highland journey, we're bussing it back to HCMC to stay one night before catching our plane back to KL. We'll be in Vietnam for 8 nights in total, but we already wish it was longer with the amount of interesting suff we've been reading about in Lonely Planet!
Post Vietnam, we'll be spending 3 nights back in KL with Van's dad (the rest of the family will have flown home) before flying to Penang, an island city off the West coast of Malaysia. In the 1700s, Penang was described as "the White Man's Grave" due to the amount of settler deaths due to malaria... FUN!
So, after Penang, Vanessa flies back to England on August 25th, but I feel like a little stop off in Hong Kong, so that's where I'm headed! I've spent 2 days in Hong Kong before, but I didn't get to do too much, so I plan on staying for a couple of nights to see the city and it's surroundings. If anyone has any suggestions as to where I should stay/what I should see, then please let me know as I haven't made any plans so far!
Right, anyway. That's a very jumbled entry - definitely not my best. Just felt like sharing my plans with whoever still reads this (not including Babs n Jeff..) I must go to bed now so I can be up for a 12 o'clock flight!
Bye bye Southwell! Xox