When in Saigon…

3 months has passed since I went back to France for the summer holidays! As usual, it went so fast… I was happy being able to switch off completely from work during this month away. Of course, as soon as you come back, reality and work life hits you up again, but it was really nice and enjoyable.

A lot of things have been going on in my Vietnamese journey recently. I dropped out one of my two jobs, decided to become an entrepreneur, share more on Instagram, take some yoga classes every week, went to a beauty show in HK, got a juicer to make amazing healthy juices, be more organized, cook at home more and buy some veggies on the market, enjoy Saigon more, carry on discovering new places and café in town, do more hairstyling, get a sport routine, drink coconut water, well… all these little things that make your life better!

After these 6 crazily busy months, I have realized I didn’t have time for myself, my hobbies, sport, my lovely blog, or even for my BF. At some point, I have tested my limits. I now take some time for myself, relax, and work on my own projects. Well deserved!

There is this thing, when working in Asia, that you can work non stop if you want. Working freelance makes things even more difficult, as you work towards deadlines. You don’t have hours, and you want to do your best. As a result you find yourself working like crazy for everyone apart from yourself, as it is the only not-paid job.

On the happy side, Hong Kong was amazing. We had such a great time, switching off the Saigon underdeveloped life to HK crazy developed city! We were staying in an area called Causeway Bay, the heart of HK shopping experience! Forever 21, Aesop, Mango, Apple, Ba&sh, Uniqlo, Etude House, you lost me already…

Then there is the Peak experience, the oldest tram climbing to the top of the world with this stunning view (!!), the flowers and the birds market, all these vintage markets selling fake brands, and above all this stunning view and light show of the city. A unique (and busy) experience!

Here is a quick lapse of what we have experience in the crazy city:

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Good evening Hong Kong! 🌃🌙

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Spring trip in North Vietnam & Amazing Laos

Hello hello dear followers!!

As you might know if you follow me on Twitter or Intragram (@Frenchydiary) I am away for 12 days with my family. Starting first by Hanoi and the North of Vietnam, Sapa and its surrounding, I am now in Lao for a week. Mainly in Luang Prabang to make the most of the city and all the activities you can do around it.

We started by two days trecking in the moutains around. Very physical as we climbed up to a small village for more than 2h30 under 40 degres, which is really exhausting believe me…. But such a nice result in the end! The meeting with local Laotians over there was amazing. It was a very rustic and typical village where there is no gas, no electricity and no water. People are showering at the river 50 meters down with a bucket and cold water from the mountain. Such an experience! I am so glad to have seen and tested their way of living. This is the best gift the local population can do to a visitor, making them try their food, culture, habit and so much more.

A 80 year old local even came with us on the way back (6 hours walk) to show us the way, walking in flip flop in the up and down hills as they are all used to do. I am still so thanksful to have done this experience and amazed by the the kindfulness of these people!

Back to Luang Prabang – this city is so nice, so peaceful and calm. Classified by the UNESCO patrimony, all the building are well conserved and very typical, which make the city very lovely. The light in Luang Prabang is warm and well spread out, which makes the photos look great, especially in the early morning or by the sunset time . I really liked the atmosphere around here, the people, the way people live according to the time of the day, the markets, the different activities… It is a small city and tourists are used to ride bicycles or to walk around, whereas locals use their motobikes to do their usual things.

We are now 50km North away from the city, in a very peaceful and relax Resort called the Nam Ou Riverside Resort. A special place located by the Nam Ou river with an amazing pool and 22 rooms in little bungalows. They also have 9 elephants wondering around and are offering tours including feeding and bath of the animals: a very fun time I can assure you!

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Con Dao or the paradise island!

Con Dao is definitely a great place to go if you are in Vietnam.

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White sandy beach, sun, snorkeling, and wonderful landscape! Con Dao also has a hard and difficult past considering that it was an ex-penal colony; so there are loads of old prisons on the island. Very interesting to visit but very down to earth…

I arrived on a Friday morning, we were sleeping at ConDao Camping, a chilled place to stay: bungalows on the beach!

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When we arrived, we had lunch and we visited the city centre walking (quite small as there is only one town on the Island). We visited the prison museum and one of the prison, then we headed to the city market. Very small but very cute. A little woman was cooking some banana rolled with rice (very very good 🙂 ). Then we organized our next days trip in order to fill up our 2 days with visits and tours. We finally decided to book a boat tour including hiking, the visit of a lighthouse, snorkeling, and sightseeing of the turtles beach in another island. The weather on Saturday was SO HOT. We had to climb a forest in order to reach the lighthouse and it was really exhausting! Snorkeling was good fun 🙂 All these colors, fishes and corals were amazing. Unfortunately we didn’t see any turtles as it was not the season anymore… They usually come between June and September so we were just right at the end of the season #Toobad 😦 But we saw the beach where they used to come at night to lay their eggs. Our guide was amazing, really nice and friendly!! He took us for a Phô in the evening (really nice) and organised for us the next day (Sunday). Thanks to him we spent a wonderful weekend, visiting the Island for the North to the South and we will probably see him again if he comes to Saigon!!

So the next day, he took us to a beach in the West of the Island, nobody was there, only us! He even organized a fruits picnic and a little snorkeling session #cute ! In the afternoon, we visited 2 more prisons. The buildings are simply beautiful (if you don’t think of what happened inside)… The colors, the materials, the shapes are very well done. I was impressed by the structure and the style of all these old building!

I leave you having a look at the pictures I took during this trip 🙂

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