It’s crazy how time flies! We’ve been traveling for 4 months now, and it still feels unreal. Every day, we’re feeling so lucky for all those incredibly beautiful places we encounter! And yes, living out of a backpack is hard sometimes, we do miss our normal routine sometimes, but all the traveling made us realize that we don’t need much to be happy. Nothing can trade our adventures for anything else at the moment.
Last month we traveled from Cambodia to Thailand, and finally arrived in Laos. We spent long distances on buses, worked on projects with hotels and relaxed on some beautiful islands. Here’s a new world trip update of month 4 including our route, things we’ve done, some memorable moments and our planning for month 5. Enjoy!
9 more days in Cambodia
In our previous world trip update, where we shared the travel route of our first 3 months, we spent 11 days in Cambodia where we visited Siem Reap, Battambang and ended in Phnom Penh. We spent a total of 3 weeks in Cambodia, with another 9 days in month 4.
We traveled further by bus to Kampot, a small riverside town famous for its black pepper farms and which has a lot fewer tourists than other places in Cambodia. Kampot has a beautiful river where you can jump on a sunset cruise every evening having some drinks. Lovely! In Kampot, we stayed at The Hideaway where we had the most stunning river views straight from their sunset deck.
After Kampot, we went to the island of Koh Rong, which took us about 6 hours. (bus + boat) White sandy beaches, crystal clear sea waters and secluded spots everywhere. Koh Rong is a place you can’t miss in Cambodia. We joined an island tour with Adventure Adam where we discovered hidden bays, went snorkeling and had a campfire on a deserted beach. Unforgettable experience!
7 days Koh Chang
Initially, it was our plan, to visit Vietnam after Cambodia. But due to bad weather forecasts, we decided to stay longer in Cambodia and travel to Koh Chang, an often forgotten paradise in Eastern Thailand.
Unfortunately, we also didn’t have the best weather in Koh Chang, why we did a lot of online work for our blog and watched some good series on Netflix. Renting a scooter for a couple of days and exploring the island, was definitely the highlight for us. Driving around, taking pictures of the stunning views, chilling out at one of the beaches and exploring places at your own pace. Such a feeling of freedom!
5 days Bangkok
After a week chilling on Koh Chang, we took the bus to Bangkok. Bangkok wasn’t the first time for us, but we came back for another reason. We started an exciting project with Burasari Group, a lifestyle and boutique hotel management company that has seven unique properties in Thailand and Laos. We stayed in their stylish W22 hotel right in the middle of Bangkok’s Chinatown and created a new promotional video for them.
In the meantime, we also visited the beautiful temple of Wat Arun, founded some new food spots, strolled around Chinatown and watched stunning sunsets along the Chao Praya River. We met up with Ellen and Sam, friends from Belgium, who brought us a bag with clothes from home. Thanks again sweeties for taking this with you!
10 days Laos
Laos was our first destination in Southeast Asia we never explored before. We were super excited and had no idea what to expect. We spent our first days in Vientiane, where we visited the beautiful Buddha Park. A famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues. We continued our project with Burasari Group and were lucky enough to spend Valentine’s Day in their brand new luxury hotel La Seine.
After Vientiane, we took a bus to Vang Vieng which was about a 4-hour ride. From the moment we arrived, where we were blown away by the impressive nature. Wow, Vang Vieng truly left a great impression on us. This place is by far one of the most unique places we’d been so far. Sharp and majestic green mountains jutting out of the earth was our view the entire time. Wonderful! Unfortunately, we only had 2 nights here. We really could have stayed here for a week!
Where are we now?
At the moment, we are in Luang Prabang, a charming and authentic little town situated right off the Mekong River in Northern Laos. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage town and also described as the jewel of Indochina and for a good reason. We absolutely love it here! We will continue our project with Burasari and will be staying in their beautiful properties Cafe De Laos, Sunset Villa, and The Heritage. Of course, we are also planning to visit the Kuang Si Waterfalls, which is the highlight here.
What’s on the planning for month 5?
Month 5 of our world trip will be a mix of two countries: Thailand (but this time the northern part) and Sri Lanka. First, we have planned a 2-day cruise along the Mekong River that will take us from Laos to the north of Thailand, and which is apparently also the most beautiful way to travel between these two countries. After the cruise, we will continue our journey by local transport and explore the northern part of Thailand. On March 11, we will be flying to Sri Lanka, a new destination we never explored before.
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Valerie & Mik