Xin Chào from the beautiful island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam! We’ve been staying at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay aka Lamarck University for four days now with another three to go. The entire resort is themed after a fictional university, dreamed up by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley. The amount of thought that went into this place is unbelievable, and if I didn’t know it was fictional I would have really thought there a campus here at one time!
Vietnam was the third country Breada and I visited in 2016, right at the beginning of our epic 14 month trip abroad. I can still remember our bus ride from Phnom Penh. I was so excited, as always when going somewhere new. By this point I had traveled to 13 countries in my life and had more than one long-term backpacking trip, but Asia was still very new to me.
We’re moving pretty fast this trip. During our last jaunt around Southeast Asia, our time frame didn’t have a solid expiration date. This gave us the luxury of staying places for more days than most, and allowed us to have a fairly flexible itinerary. This time, however, we only have three months. This means our itinerary is pretty air tight, and we’re hopping around every two to three days. I will admit it’s tiring, but so far it’s been worth it. Continue reading “Two Days In: Singapore”
Normally I keep my writing strictly travel related – flights, hotels, things like that, but I had an experience last week I thought was worth sharing, and that experience was a haircut.
To be honest, calling it a haircut is an injustice to the product House of Barbaard offers. What they do goes far beyond just a haircut and a shave. They provide an experience worth every penny, or in their case, Dong.
When I decided that I wanted to spend my birthday in Hoi An, Vietnam, Anthony told me to pick out a few hotels that I liked, and he would surprise me with one for a few nights of relaxation. The very first hotel that popped up when I searched “fancy hotels Hoi An” was the stunning Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula. Each picture was more beautiful than the last, and I had my heart set on staying there.
That is, until I saw the price tag: $400 a night MINIMUM. I shed a little tear, and then put my dreams of being extra swanky on the back burner. There was no way we could afford that on this trip. Fortunately for me, Anthony lives and breathes travel hacking, and just a few months later, we were pulling up to the gates of the Intercontinental Da Nang. All for the low low price of $0 a night. Continue reading “Hotel Review: Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort”