It has been an epic 65 days of traveling, eating, drinking, experiencing and adventuring with my husband The Koala. Along the way, we’ve traveled with friends and family, met up with old friends and made new friends. We visited 7 countries and stayed in 18 different places in south east asia. Brunei, Malaysia (Borneo), Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. It’s been exotic and surreal.
Being back in front of my mac, in our lounge (looking just the way we left it) it feels like the last 2 months happened to someone else.
In the 2 months we’ve been away, I “cooked” only 3 times. A half day cooking class in Chiang Mai, and if you count it as cooking, we had local BBQ where you cook raw ingredients at your table at a restauarant- we did this 2 times (Vang Vieng, Laos and Koh Phangan, Thailand). All other meals – I’m talking an average of 3 meals a day – were eaten out. That’s 192 meals right there! I didn’t photograph every single meal, but I didn’t do too badly.
Expect to see a whole lot of travel food porn in the next little while as I sort through our three to four thousand travel photos.
In the meantime, here’s a little taster of some of the sights we saw and sampled…
A plate of assorted Northern snacks in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Fruit vendors at Halong Bay, Vietnam.
Street vendors in the Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Ladies keeping warm by a baguette stand in the Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Fish awaiting the grill at markets in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Tiger prawns in Koh Samui, Thailand.
Larb – My favourite dish from this trip. This version from the Organic Mulberry Farm Cafe, Vang Vieng, Laos. They also do the most delicious rice porridge I have ever tasted.
Riverside grill station in Vientiane, Laos.
Shiitake and oyster mushrooms, snake beans, snow peas and eggplants at a market stall in Luang Prabang, Laos.