14.12.2012 - 28.12.2012
We've reached a really tough part of travelling, and to be honest, it's been hard to feel motivated. South Vietnam hasn't wowed us, we're tired and not feeling inspired by what we've seen so far in the last few weeks. Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An were beautiful, but Hue and Danang were just okay. We figured we'd spend Christmas on a sunny beach somewhere, and the beach town of Mui Ne was out of our price league for that time of year, so we made our way to Nha Trang. Big mistake.
Within an hour of being in the place, we witnessed a full on fist fight with a couple of burly Russians over a local prostitute. This was while we were having breakfast at 8am, as we were killing time until our hotel room was ready. Headed to the beach and saw large groups of guys necking vodka from the bottle and we just looked at each other after realising that the number of nightclubs seemed to outnumber the hotels, and there were a lot of hotels, and decided to get out. According to the Lonely Planet, Dalat was a lovely mountain town that looks as if it's drawn by Disney. In reality, it's a cold town full of dodgy overpriced hotels and construction sites. The lake's a bit pretty if you have your back to the centre of town. That's where we ended up for Christmas, and it was thoroughly depressing.
So, we figured we've had enough of SE Asia, and we need to be somewhere different, we need more of a change. The plan is to head over to Cambodia, maybe chill out on a beach there for a few days, potter in Phnom Penh and Ankhor Watt, and then get the next flight out of Bangkok to Hong Kong. We're getting excited about travelling again just reading about what we can see in China so hopefully that'll give us our mojo back. For a moment, we were so homesick that we were tempted to just go home to the UK for a week for some home comforts, but the thought of getting out of this part of the world is keeping us going. After that, we're thinking, we count down the days to coming home in Sri Lanka. Just over 3 months to go and we don't want to feel like we're filling up our days in places we don't want to be, so hopefully the plan will work and get us enjoying it again. Fingers crossed.