Planes: 6 ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️
Champagnes: 9 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾
Locations: Dubai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Siem Reap, Phuket, Koh Yao Noi and Krabi
Greetings from Thailand, where I’m 25 days into my Asian adventure. Whilst short in length, February really has been rather sweet. I’ve visited three new countries, all with their own unique charm and I’m honestly still pinching myself over all of the spectacular things I’ve been able to witness this month, first hand.
At the start of February, Mr O’T and I jetted out to Dubai as our first port of call, en route to Asia. We stayed with some dear friends of ours who’ve been living in the city for 4 years, but who’ll be returning back to the UK shortly. We spent three wonderful nights in the city and did very little other than rest, shop and eat. I know Dubai fairly well now which is great, as it meant we weren’t in a mad rush to try and see everything. Feel free to check out my guide on 10 Fantastic Things You Must Do, See and Eat in Dubai if you’re looking for some #inspo ahead of your next visit to Dubai!
After saying hasta la vista to the UAE, it was straight on a plane to Hong Kong. I’ve always missed out on trips to Hong Kong in the past for one reason or another, so as you can imagine, I was pretty excited to visit this bustling city for the first time!
We stayed at The Intercontinental Hong Kong which was just fabulous and which hands down offers the best harbour views of the city. We also did a fair amount of wine-ing and dining which included cocktail-ing my way through the city’s best bars 🍸😉. I also managed to get a fair amount of exercise, mostly through walking but I did love hiking down from Victoria Peak. Look out for more posts on Hong Kong in the near future!
Taipei was our third stop and was perhaps the biggest surprise of all. I was in town to see the Taiwan Lantern Festival, which was just magical, but other than that, I hadn’t expected to love the city as much as I did.
Honey from the Girl Next Shore gave me some great food recommendations, my favourite of which was the Wu Pao Chun bakery. I spent a good 30 minutes in here trying to decide what to order and very almost took the whole bakery with me!
On Valentines Day we arrived in Siem Reap in Cambodia. We had four active filled nights here and as you can probably guess, we were here to see the infamous sunrise over Angkor Wat and overdose on temples. If I’m being honest, I’m sad to say that the sunrise at Angkor Wat didn’t quite live up to the hype.
Whilst the sunrise itself is spectacular, what instagram doesn’t show you are images such as this….
And I won’t even go into the number of arguments I got into, through no fault of my own. Unfortunately its become a free for all and people don’t hesitate twice about pushing you out of the way so that they can get their selfie stick in the air – I will be sharing a full low down on my experience later in March!
Elbow pushing aside, I absolutely adored visiting the temples in Siem Reap – can you believe this image is actually real? I’ve taken thousands of photos of the various temples we visited which I’ll be showcasing on Instagram in due course.
After Siem Reap it was over to Phuket for some much needed down time at COMO Point Yamu. This luxury hotel resort was out of this world and my favourite hotel stay EVER and this is coming from someone whose stayed in a lot luxury hotels! I can’t wait to share my posts with you next week.
After Phuket, we jumped straight on a boat for a three night stay on Koh Yao Noi. Now this gorgeous little island is one of the last remaining unspoilt islands left in Thailand. It also wins the award for my new favourite island – you can read all about why it beats other islands I’ve visited to, on Friday!
The beginning of March will see Mr O’T and I venturing over to Myanmar. I’m super excited about this aspect of our trip as we’ll be spending some time in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Ngapali beach. I’ll also be living out another bucket list dream of mine, which is taking a hot air balloon ride over Bagan as the sunrises! The rest of March will see me city hopping through Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur before returning back to Dubai. I’ll also be spending 10 nights in the Maldives where I’ll be working on a very exciting luxury travel campaign! I am beyond excited about this so keep your eyes peeled!
What exciting things did you get up to in February and what do you have planned for March?