The one thing we’d heard from many people about Da Lat, was that we had to do Canyoning whilst we were there. It was a must! The first thing we had to do was decide on a place to stay in Da Lat. The majority of accommodation had such good reviews, however we finally decided on a place called ‘Alan Hostel’ and it didn’t disappoint. We paid $5 night for a 10 bed dorm, breakfast AND a family dinner in the evening.
Setting off from Bangkok at 7.30am, we finally arrived in Siem Reap around 8pm, after a lot of travelling, waiting around and getting our visas sorted. One thing which was starting to become apparent; the bus drivers always seem to have an agreement with the tuk tuk drivers, which is that they drop you off in the middle of nowhere, so you have no option to get a tuk tuk or walk about 15km, which is even too far for me and Caz!
Kampot was our final stop in Cambodia, before heading to Vietnam, so we wanted to try out riding a scooter before leaving! As soon as we arrived in Kampot we could tell the roads were already a lot quieter than anywhere else we had been in Cambodia, the quieter the better for us beginners! We hired our scooters from Bison Tours, which had good reviews and seemed pretty popular (too popular we were soon to find out!). We were both eager to drive, so we decided to hire a scooter each for $4 a day.
We first heard about Otres Beach from a guy we’d met earlier on in our Cambodia trip and decided to do some research on it to see if it was worth visiting. We’d read that Serendipity beach, in Sihanoukville, could be quite dirty and not a very nice place to relax, so after reading up about Otres it seemed right up our street. What we read promised long stretches of deserted beach and a child out vibe. As we would find out, this was pretty much bang on.
As we were with a tour throughout India and we were moving around quite frequently, it was actually quite nice to spend 3 nights in one place. It meant we could finally get a feel for somewhere ourselves and do a bit of exploring. Udaipur, a busy city full of narrow streets, is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’ with several lakes within the historical city.
We had been travelling to India, from Manchester, for a total of 36 hours, so we were pretty knackered by the time we arrived in Delhi Airport. The plan when we landed was to get the Metro and then a Tuk Tuk to our hotel, which seemed pretty straight forward. However, we hadn’t factored into account the locals themselves. The metro was absolutely fine, luxury almost, with comfy seats, air con and a lot of room! But once we’d arrived into Central Delhi, pale as ghosts, with 4 rather large rucksacks, we screamed ‘tourists’ far and wide and that’s when they see a possibility to scam you.
This city certainly didn’t disappoint! We were only stayed for one night, but the things we saw in one day were pretty incredible. We travelled over to Agra from Delhi via train and from what we had previously heard and seen of India’s transport systems it actually wasn’t too bad. It was a 2.5 hour journey, with enough leg room (even for people who are 6ft and above!) with a slightly questionable, but free, vegetarian breakfast. This consisted of something between a potato croquet and a hash brown with exactly three french fries and two peas (it would seem the portion sizes where very specific, as everyone got exactly the same).