Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed your holiday season by resting, eating good food, spending time with loved ones, and getting ready to take on 2015!
One of my major goals over the last few years has been to travel more. See more of the world, try new things, live outside of my comfort zone, and enjoy global foodie experiences. Luckily, I've been able to make this goal a reality.
This winter my boyfriend Robert (a.k.a. @DudeLetsEat) and I had an amazing time on our Asian Adventure and wanted to share some of our experiences with you! If you follow me on Instagram, I apologize for the duplicate pics. And if you don't follow me yet, you should (here).
Hong Kong, China –
As Robert puts it, this is The City of the Future. Hong Kong has incredible skyscrapers, awesome dim sum (Robert had his first ever), and a rich and interesting history.
We took the Star Ferry across the Harbor a few times to see both sides of the city and enjoyed a tour on a double-decker bus that allowed us to see the major sites, including Victoria Peak, Sky 100, and Stanley.
Macau (known as the Las Vegas of the East and former Portuguese colony) is a fascinating mix of beautiful cultural landmarks like the Buddha statue below and big casinos. It’s a trip!
Hanoi is another world! It’s a bustling city filled with motorcycles and cyclos (bicycle rickshaws), street food (which varies from donuts to bahn mi to raw meat chopped on the back of a motorcycle), and hints of its French colonial history.
We visited the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Opera House, Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and other sites.
We enjoyed a 2-day cruise on Halong Bay (an UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is the most peaceful place I’ve ever been in my life! No photo could ever capture its beauty, but that didn’t stop me from trying.
The cruise also included a trip to the Surprising Cave, which is estimated to have been formed over 2 million years ago!
Perfume Pagoda was an incredible experience! After a 2-hour bus ride, 1-hour rowboat ride, a trek to a cable car, and a number of stairs… we arrived at this incredible cave that houses a temple filled with several shrines, incense, and chanting parishioners. Below is the view from the inside looking out.
It was about this time that I got really sick, so I stayed in bed the first day and explored the city on the second day.
We walked around taking in sites like the Merlion Fountain (yup merlion) and the world’s largest greenhouses at the Gardens by the Bay.
FINALLY, we reached the part of the vacation that I had been looking forward to all-year!
Our time in Ubud was mostly spent lounging, eating great food, shopping, swimming in the pool, and recovering from the pace of the rest of the trip. We stayed at the most gorgeous resort, Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spas, which was once the residence of the royal family of Bali.
In a word, Ubud is paradise!