Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Phi Phi Islands

The Phi Phi islands are so dreamy! There are beautiful islands in every direction you look, the water feels just as warm as a bath tub, and the ocean is a pretty seafoam green color. What could be better:) I'm so glad that we ended our trip in Thailand so that we could just relax, swim, and soak up the sun.

We took the ferry over (which took about 2 hours) and stayed one night in a hotel on the islands. Both days, we hired a water taxi to take us around. During that time, we explored all over Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don. Here's all of the places we explored below:

Of course, we went to the famous Maya Bay. Here's a tip: if you go early in the morning or late in the afternoon, then you can have the whole bay practically to yourself. It gets really packed over lunch time. We visited Maya Bay both days because we liked it so much!

Don't mind this woman who photobombed all of our pictures here, haha!

I bought two Seafolly swimsuits for the trip and loved them! (I bought them on amazon because they were cheaper but Anthropologie also sells them).


Monday, January 11, 2016

Pang Nga Bay

Pang Nga Bay is exactly what I pictured Thailand to look like- Islands everywhere!

We booked our Pang Nga Bay tour through Simba Sea Trips and they were the best! Our group on the boat was really small so it kind of felt like a private tour. We left bright and early from the pier around 7:00am which was nice because we were the first ones out on the water and had every beach spot completely to ourselves.

We went to a bunch of different stops throughout the day and saw so many beautiful places! First, we stopped at a place called Koh Phanak to tour a cave. The beach area had monkeys on it and we fed them some fruit.

They gave us hats and flashlights to use as we explored inside of a cave.

At the end of the cave, there was a little hidden lagoon. So pretty!

We hopped back in the speedboat to go to the next stop. Do you see all of the islands? Crazy!

Next, we arrived at a place that had kayaks waiting for us. We hopped in the kayaks and our guides rowed us through the islands so that we could get a closer look. This was my favorite part of the day!


Sunday, January 10, 2016


We ended our vacation by spending a day and a half in Bangkok before finally flying home. I have to say, my favorite part about Bangkok is that you can get a great Thai massage for super cheap (I love massages, so more on this below!).

Our first day in Bangkok, we headed to see the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It takes over an hour to drive there from Bangkok, and then you can only get to the market by boat which is part of the fun. At the market, there are tons of yummy fresh fruits and vegetables being sold by people from inside of their boats.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Vietnam: Hoa Lu Tam Coc

Dallin and I were really looking forward to Vietnam because we had booked a overnight junk boat tour in Ha Long Bay. Sadly, once we landed and got to our hotel, we received an email from the tour company saying that our trip was cancelled because there was a bad storm in the ocean :/ And the government didn't let any boats out on the water for a few days because of it.

We were stressed because that was the main reason we came to Hanoi and we hadn't planned anything else to do! Luckily, we stayed at the best hotel and they quickly helped us make other plans. If anyone ever goes to Hanoi, then you must stay at the Hanoi Emerald Elegance Hotel! They were the best (and it was only like $45 a night!).

Our hotel booked us last minute on a tour of Hoa Lu Tam Coc, which ironically is called "Ha Long Bay" on land. So it all worked out! It was such a cool experience- we got to kayak through the jungle of Vietnam.

A tour bus first picked us up at our hotel around 8:00am and we drove for about an hour to get to a temple. We explored the temple for about an hour in the hottest heat ever!

I loved the pretty lily pads.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Vietnam: Hanoi & Scooter Tour

Vietnam is beautiful! We loved exploring Hoa Lu Tam Coc on our first day there. During our last two days in Vietnam, we did a street food tour, got massages at a nice hotel, saw a traditional water puppet show, and did a scooter tour of the city.

Street vendors are everywhere selling fresh fruit and vegetables. Yum! We ate a bunch of these fresh foods that night during a street food tour that our hotel set up for us. 

The street food tour was awesome! A cute Vietnamese woman was our guide and she showed us the best places to eat street food. We walked around to all of the different places to eat for about two hours. We just had a few bites at each place so that we wouldn't get too full. All of the food we ate with our guide was so fresh and delicious! (I can't believe how cheap street food is. We ate at like 10 different places on the tour and each meal was like less than a dollar each to feed all 3 of us. Crazy!). She taught us about Vietnam and we learned a lot from her.

I loved these baby pineapples :)

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