Top Ten Favourite Places
I thought I’d write a post about my top ten favourite places in the world – it’s a rainy Monday, and we all need some inspiration for the summer.
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- Vang Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng is one of those places you’ll either love or hate. Before we arrived, I’d heard some terrible things about it and it was made out to be South East Asia’s capital of death and drugs. However, from the second we arrived, we loved it. Sure, the food isn’t great, and it’s a shame that so many British and American travellers choose to disrespect the culture and local people by wearing next to no clothes, partying to the early hours and dying in their river, but once you get over all that, it’s absolutely beautiful.
Set in the idyllic mountains of central Laos, there’s lots to see and do – try kayaking or tubing down the river, climb the hill and see the beautiful view from the top, have a drink in the FRIENDS themed cafe, or just chill out by the river.
2. Koh Phangan, Thailand
Similarly to Vang Vieng, we’d heard negative reports about this island. Home to the ‘Full Moon Party‘, it attracts hundreds of travellers every month, and my advice would be to avoid visiting when the party is on as the peaceful atmosphere of the island is altered. We stayed in the north at a place called Haad Yao Bay which is a quiet beach with a few small BBQ restaurants. The sunset here is absolutely beautiful and it’s hard to fault it. If you’re thinking of going to Thailand, this should definitely be somewhere to visit.
3. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
When you show people a picture of Ha Long Bay, they are often reminded of their old Windows desktop picture from ten years ago. Around 2 hours east of the capital, Hanoi, it’s relatively easy to get to, and I’d definitely recommend staying for two nights on the boat instead of one like most people. The quality of the boats varies as well, and it’s worth paying extra for a nice room.
We were here for Vietnamese New Year which was an incredible experience, and kayaking around the bay was an unforgettable experience. Ha Long should be on everyone’s bucket list.
4. Benllech, Anglesey
Ok, so this might not be the most glamorous of destinations, but I absolutely love it. We stay at Golden Sunset campsite which is ideal as you can walk to the beach and the pub, and also get fish and chips on the way home. You can sit and watch the sea for hours, and you can go round Red Wharf Bay when the tide is out.
5. Portals Nous, Majorca
Majorca may well be known for its appearances on “Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents“, but away from the carnage of Magaluf lies Portals Nous, a lively town on the coast just twenty minutes from Palma Airport. There are nice restaurants and an exclusive marina, as well as two beautiful beaches.
6. Anjuna, Goa, India
Anjuna is a lovely town in the north of Goa in India. It’s cheap once you’re there and it’s a very chilled out destination, with a long beach and a good atmosphere after dark. The food is delicious, as you can imagine, and it’s also easy to get to other destinations like Vagator and Baga.
7. Sheffield, England
Sheffield is somewhere that most people love as soon as they arrive. Nicknamed the biggest village in England, this cosy city is home to the world’s oldest football club, some of the friendliest northerners known, and number one nightclub “Corporation“. There’s so much to do, be it spend the day shopping, walking through the botanical gardens or climbing up Bole Hill to see the seven hills.
8. DaLat, Vietnam
Vietnam as a whole was beautiful, but DaLat, a town nestled away in the south of the country, is a place worth visiting. A small city reminiscent of the French Alps, it’s the flower capital of Vietnam and is extraordinarily scenic. With mountains as the backdrop, you can visit the King’s summer palace, rent a swan pedalo and ride around the lake, visit the “Crazy House” or just spend your time walking around the town.
9. Ko Tao, Thailand
One of the more famous islands in Thailand, Ko Tao is like a paradise on earth. Famed for its’ diving, there’s also a nice nightlife and some good places to eat. We stayed at the quieter Mae Haad resort which is the town immediately as you get off the boat.
10. Bangkok, Thailand
My number one favourite city in the whole wide world – come here and shop. The people I know who hated the capital of Thailand stayed around the backpacker area, Khao San Road, but if you get out there and explore the city, you’ll see it’s so much more than “Chang Beer” vests. The shopping is excellent and Terminal 21 is definitely worth a visit.