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In Australia, it could be said that all ‘roads’ lead to Bali…
Being a cheap and easy 3.5 hour flight from Perth in Western Australia it is an understatement to say that Bali is a popular tourist destination for Aussies.
Apart from a family holiday when I was 15, I have resisted the temptation of Bali and tend to visit places like, you know…Iceland: closer to 35 hours worth of flights, and not exactly cheap!
And then there is Vietnam…
With plenty of interesting travel options in Vietnam, a national cuisine to-die-for and stunning natural landscapes to explore, this wonderful Asian destination could soon become the ‘new Bali’ for Australian travellers – not quite as close, but still incredibly affordable.
In my 14 years of travel, I have never had a resort holiday and I’m thinking that now might be time. And that Bali or Vietnam might just be the place.
I know some of you will be up in arms about this: yes, I know there is MUCH more to Bali and Vietnam than laying around in a resort, but you have to admit….doesn’t it sound just fabulous!?
And to be honest, after all the travelling I have done over the last year or so….I really need a holiday!!
Despite this new desire for a poolside holiday with plenty of massages and martinis, I am recently feeling more and more drawn to Asia. Real Asia.
A 5 week trip to Bangladesh in 2008 gave me a teasing taste of the incredible sensory overload that is Asia: the blissful chaos and mayhem of roads and markets and festivals; the tropical heat; hidden wilderness if you dare to stray from the tourist trails; and of course, the deliciousness that is street food….
So to counteract a lazy poolside jaunt to Bali, maybe I will ensure a cultural / food tour of Vietnam is also on the agenda: hiking in the remote north west mountains of Sapa; the gorgeous Pongua Falls just outside of Dalat; and dining on Pho in Saigon…
Or maybe it’s even about time I did a volunteering stint in Cambodia teaching kids to take photos.
Will I be able to resist the lure of the European north for a bit and make and Asia trip happen in 2013…? I’m still deciding.
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