Hey all! We’re writing to you from our hotel room in Nha Trang, a beach town on the Vietnamese coast. This is the first installment of our #TravelInReality series. If you haven’t read the intro, you can go here. Here, we will be answering questions about traveling together as a couple – the good, the bad and the ugly. We’ll be writing week-by-week, but this post includes our first two weeks of traveling through SE Asia – Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang. If you have any questions you want us to answer, leave a comment below or send us an email!
1.) Where did you travel to this week, where did you stay and how did you get there?
The last two weeks or so we’ve traveled from Sydney to Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City and to Nha Trang in Vietnam. Lots of FF miles this year! We stayed in cozy, yet modern hotels in each city, around $20-25 AUD/night. We definitely weren’t roughing it with access to Wifi, hot water and working A/C so life is good! We did lots of walking around Bangkok, museums and history tours in Ho Chi Minh and scuba diving and mud baths in Nha Trang. All of which we enjoyed a few beers here and there.
2.) What was the most challenging part of this week?
KP: I think the hardest part of the last two weeks was just getting settled and deciding on our plan for the next three months. We both have slightly different views on how to travel and sometimes that causes a few disagreements. Once we got things sorted for the next few weeks, we felt a lot less stressed.
Sam: The most challenging part of the past two weeks would have to be finding that middle ground to make decisions together. Working as a team instead of feeling selfish and saying ‘I don’t want to do that!’
3.) What was the most annoying thing he/she did this week?
KP: He walked ahead of me – My biggest pet peeve. I hate when we walk down a sidewalk, and he walks ahead of me with the excuse that I just don’t walk fast enough or my legs are too short. In Bangkok, after a really stressful day, we were walking in the rain, and he walked ahead of me. I was fuming. (Silly, I know, but when you spend every minute together, the little things add up.)
Sam: There have been a lot of things she has done over the past two weeks, although the stand out would have to be once she starts to get flustered there is absolutely no reasoning. It’s like the end of the world and we have to get the hell out of wherever we are. At moments like this I ask her ‘Well what do you want to do?’ usually with the prompt response ‘I don’t know!!’
4.) Did you do anything romantic?
KP: It may be small, but we held hands underwater while scuba diving in Nha Trang, and while it was only for a few seconds, it was an experience that I’ll never forget.
Sam: I held her hand on the odd occasion, isn’t that enough? Just kidding! I told her I loved her daily.
5.) What was the number one topic that came up the most?
KP: We probably talked most about our future plan. Not the big future plan… But the next 30-40 days and where we wanted to visit and how we wanted to get there. We just sorted most of Vietnam’s plans within the last day or so. We’ll see what comes up now that it is figured out!
Sam: It could have been discussing stomach issues about the food and if we were feeling okay after eating that lunch off the street. If it wasn’t this, then it would have to be planning for the remainder of travel through South East Asia.
6.) What was the best bar or restaurant you went to?
KP: I have two favourite bars. One was the rooftop bar in Bangkok off Khao San Road called Roof. It overlooks the busy party street and gives you one hell of a funny view. The other was in Nha Trang called The Local II, solely because it has good food and CHEAP beers. I’m talking .35 cent beers.
Sam: The best restaurant hands down Baba’s Kitchen in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s the most outrageously delicious Indian food I have ever had in my life.
7.) Favourite memory from the week?
KP: I was super happy that I was able to dive with only minor sinus issues. I’ve been battling some weird ENT problem that, according to the Vietnamese doctor, is apparently just in my head. After some mental pep talks and reassurance from Sam, I got back in the water and dove my longest dive! We also saw an octopus. It was a great day with Sam and Rainbow Divers in Nha Trang.
Sam: My favourite memory from the past few weeks would have to be exploring the underwater world of Nha Trang with Rainbow Diver Centre. Great time, awesome visibility and managed to see a huge octopus. Bucket list tick.
8.) If you could tell your partner one thing you wish he/she did differently, what would it be?
KP: I wish he would trust people more and not be sketched out by everyone, but his level of caution has definitely kept us from getting scammed or robbed, so it’s a hard one to complain about.
Sam: I wish she would wipe off her feet before getting anywhere near the bed. I don’t enjoy stretching out in bed to feel whatever she has brought home on the bottom of her feet from the streets of South East Asia.
9.) From 0 to 10, 0 being “I could break up with him/her right now” to 10 being “I could marry him/her right now”, how in love do you feel after this week?
KP: During Bangkok, probably around a 3 to be honest. Ho Chi Minh City got a little better, but still around a 6. After Nha Trang and getting our plans sorted, definitely an 8.
Sam: Well to be honest, there has been a few “0” moments, where I was ready to run away. I blame the heat, hunger and frustration of communication when you’re abroad. After the past two weeks, I would have to say at a comfortable 7 out of 10.
10.) Fun Fact
KP: Sam triple checks that our hotel door is closed and locked – to the point of the handle almost coming off. You can’t beat safety though, hey!
Sam: Kelly doesn’t know how to whistle.
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