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VIETNAM, LAOS AND SINGAPORE

I still can’t believe that I spent a month in Asia, I truly believe that I belong to that side of the world, I feel so at home when I’m there. Asia is my happy place.
This trip was extra special because I did a motorbike road trip with a friend of mine. He did all the drive, but I wish I was able to contribute too. Something new I want to learn.
We rented  a Lifan in Saigon and ended the trip in Hoi An for a total of 1700 km in 8 days. I was traveling with a quite big backpack that I had to ship to the final destination, traveling light was the best thing I have learnt from this trip.
Overall it has been a great experience, the ultimate freedom feeling, nothing booked, nothings strictly  planned, mistakes (mostly mine) that led to the best roads.

In Vietnam we rented the motorbike with Flamingo travel, we loved the service, the motorbike  and the people who worked there, they have been super helpful and friendly all the time.

Then we flew to Laos and rented a motorbike there  too, but honestly  roads were bumpy, more dangerous and less enjoyable, I wouldn’t recommend  it but Vietnam on the road, all the time. Best experience EVER.
We started the road trip in Luang Prabang, stoped in Vang Vieng  and ended the journey in Vientiane.

Singapore was next, I went there primarily to see my kimchi sister Mirha, where she now lives.
I looove Singapore, it is one of my fav city in the world, I’ve been there twice and I can’t wait to be back to explore more. While I was there Mirha hosted a workshop, we were a small group of women, and we all talked about different topics, Mirha talked about morning rituals, self care and made for us some delicious bullet proof drinks. Then Hongyuan from Pekoe & Imo taught us how to brew tea on a bowl and we tasted different kind of delicious tea, Devon from Thom and Aimee  gave us some food styling and photography lessons and I talked about how I make instagram stories. It was so much fun and inspiring , I loved meeting some talented local women and learning from them.
Then Singapore was all about delicious food, endless walk discovering new hoods, yoga classes and Chinese massages, living my best life.
I shed many tears when I was on the plane on my way back to Italy. I never like goodbyes.

Unfortunately I didn’t use my camera a lot, a regret this so much, most of these photos are taken with my phone, but when you travel this way you have to be as light as you can.

Ho Chi Minh

Tan Dinh Church 

Ben Than Street food Market 

Trung Nguyen Legend cafe

The vintage emporium, my favorite spot in HCM

Phu Quoc Island 

 

On the road

Da Nang

Changing the oil 

Coffee plantations everywhere

Kon Tum

Towards Prao, the most beautiful road 

And we made it safe and sound to Hoi An. Thank you Michele for being the best driver!

To Laos we go

Luang Prabang 

6 am market
make sure to be there early when it is still dark to avoid tourists and see the real local life

Street food is always the best, warm soups made by a lovely lady, you pick your ingredients and she makes a delicious soups for you, then you eat it right next to the royal palace, pretty amazing.

Kuang Si waterfall

The stunning royal palace

Phousi mountain

 

Mojito and sunset cruise on the Mekong river 

Oops, we rented another motorbike 

stiky rice obsession and lake fish fried with lemon grass, lime leaves and garlic, this was 10 am breakfast eheh

Nam Ngum lake, personally what I loved the most in Laos, this boat ride was amazing

Vientiane 

Something a friend recommended to me, a traditional herbal steam sauna, wow, you re-born after this. Thank you Marijn 😀

Back in Vietnam, Hanoi 

The Hanoi train street, don’t miss this out, what I loved the most was the hood, very real, away from the chaotic touristy center, getting lost is the only thing to do.

Tran Quoc pagoda, the oldest buddhist temple

Tofu tofu tofu, I’m in heaven 

Hello Singapore, my home away from home 

Workshop hosted by my sis Mirha

Bullet proof coffee and matcha

Tea workshop 

Food styling and photography

Some deliciousness: 1) Five Oars Roasters 2) Laksa heaven, 3) Alhoa poke

Best beest coffe, Apartment

Tiong Bahru

Drink at CapitaGreen

Cutest street, Blair road 

Strangers’ reunion 

 

 

 

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