Rather than heading back to Blighty for Christmas, we decided to make the most of the beautiful weather in South East Asia and head to Thailand for 3 weeks. We were definitely a bit apprehensive about the amount of time we were spending away with Penny as this would be the longest we had travelled with her. However, we justified it by telling ourselves that the first week would be with Mike’s parents in a safe Airbnb and then it would just be 2 weeks of travel! We decided to pick Phuket for our first stop simply because it was easy. It has an international airport there, some nice beaches, it’s simple to get around, there are western shops, restaurants and other such amenities so that if Mike’s parents were feeling a bit uncomfortable, we would be able to find something to hopefully sort it out! We chose southern Phuket, in Rawai and close to Nai Harn beach. Our Airbnb was beautiful and perfect for us all. It had 3 large bedrooms, a salt-water pool and a great lounge area. Unfortunately the surrounding area wasn’t particularly great, but we used the app Grab to get taxis really easily that took us around the island for not too much money.
Burma will always hold a very special place in my heart. Not only because we got engaged on a beautiful peaceful beach there, but because it was probably one of my favourite destinations in Asia and we spent a glorious 10 days travelling around this fascinating country. Obviously 10 days wasn’t quite enough to enjoy all of the splendour there, but it definitely gave us a taste.
During our first year teaching in Hong Kong, we got to go on a school trip to Indonesia (perks of teaching in an International school!). However, unlike the usual touristy destinations of Bali, the Gilis, etc, we visited a small island called Telunas. It was a short trip from Hong Kong and the island itself is so close to Singapore, no flights are necessary. Boats provide access to the beautiful and tranquil island where there are two resorts to choose from. Because we were on a school trip, we stayed at the eco-friendly resort that catered towards large group. Once we had loaded the students on to the wooden boats, we arrived at the most stunning destination; white sandy beaches and rustic wooden lodges that jutted out in to the sea.
A couple of years ago, we decided to spend my 30th birthday in the Philippines. It was a bit of a dream for us as it had always seemed like a rather large mission to travel to but since living in Hong Kong, the flight time was significantly lower. 2 hours and we were in paradise. Pretty much, anyway! We decided to spend 10 days travelling in Palawan, a large and popular island, east of Manila. We first flew to Coron and spent an idyllic few days exploring whilst making our base at La Natura Resort. This was perfect; it was such a beautiful guest house and a fantastic place to relax with a pool and a cute tree house. The staff were super helpful as well and we hired a moped to explore Coron on one day that they were able to organise for us. They also helped us organise a boat trip to all the most beautiful islands dotted around that you see on postcards.