Me Amo Guatemala

I completely fell in love with Guatemala.

Somehow, last-minute two week trip with my sister that we booked primarily due to a cheap roundtrip flight to Guatemala city turned into one of my favourite countries I’ve visited.  I’m already itching to go back, and unlike other countries where I’d like to someday go back and visit, I think Guatemala is somewhere I’ll be revisiting soon!

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Airlie Beach, Queensland

My grandest adventure in Australia was up to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the infamous Whitsunday Islands. It’s one of those places that’s plastered all over Buzzfeed lists of Top 10 Unbelievable Places or You’ll Never Believe This Australian Beach click-bait articles.  And honestly, it’s all totally justified. The Whitsunday Islands are truly unbelievable.

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Royal National Park

After eight months living in Sydney, I didn’t find anywhere in Australia I loved more than Royal National Park.  A short 1 hour train ride and 15 minute boat ride from Central Station in Sydney’s downtown is the world’s second oldest national park and, in my opinion, the world’s best coastal walk. I went every chance I got.

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Siem Reap

I couldn’t leave Cambodia without writing a short post about Siem Reap.  Angkor Wat tends to steal the thunder, but Siem Reap was a total blast on its own, too.

My hostel was pretty close to town, so it was a short walk into the main area with the majority of bars and restaurants.  The centre of town is touristy but pulls it off in a way that other cities can’t; the entire place is packed with backpackers and expats but all integrating with the locals in a really unique way.

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Angkor What?

The most traditional way to spend a morning in Siem Reap is watching the sun rise behind Angkor Wat.  It’s a cliche for a reason; it was well worth the early morning.

My Tuk-Tuk driver picked me up at 4:45am in total darkness.  We left town and drove towards the temple complex, still in complete darkness. It felt surreal to be in the Tuk-Tuk with cold air blowing on my face but seeing absolutely nothing.

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Angkor: Grand Tour

I completely fell in love with Siem Reap. Cambodia feels like a dream; Somehow four days feels like a lifetime.

I arrived in Siem Reap early Friday morning after a long journey from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap, with the addition of a nine hour layover overnight.  I was met (after some delay) at the Siem Reap airport by a Tuk-Tuk driver, Devi, who would come to be my partner in crime for my entire stay in Cambodia.  The drive from the airport to my hostel was fantastic – I was exhausted but the fresh air kept me awake and I very quickly fell in love with travel by Tuk-Tuk.

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#TeamMelaka

Waiting in line to run our bags through the scanner and cross the border into Malaysia, those living in Singapore longer than my two weeks started listing the things they would buy.

First on the list was of course cigarettes, with a pack costing about $12 to buy in Singapore, which, next to Malaysia’s $1, was excessive. I’d already been warned that I’d be required as a non-smoker to fill my cigarette quota on our way back into Singapore – the entry allowance is one opened pack of cigarettes with one cigarette removed.

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