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Vlog Entry #22: Get Wet, Go Wild

Drift with me through the streets, hillsides and waters of northern Vietnam on the “Get Wet, Go Wild” tour, offered by Vietnam Backpacker Hostels! Catch a glimpse of Hanoi’s top attractions: Quan Thanh Temple, St. Joseph’s Cathedral and the West Lake. Then hop on board a junk boat to cruise past the cliffs of Ha Long Bay. Throw in a bit of swimming, kayaking, rock climbing and beach volleyball for good measure. Lastly, journey inland to the rural Mai Chau Valley, home to breath-taking, emerald rice paddies and towering, dramatic peaks.


Guesthouse COOOOL: A Grown-Up Hostel on Haeundae Beach

Once a hostel fanatic, I've found myself disliking them more and more as I get older. I'm no longer up for the late night partying I once enjoyed in my younger days, and I much more prefer a clean, comfortable and private space to grimy communal ones. Of course, because I travel frequently, I do appreciate a good deal, but budget accommodations that don't compromise these aforementioned qualities aren't so easy to find.

Another Long Weekend-Seoul Trip

We got another long weekend on the March 1st as it was a national holiday. This holiday is known as Independence Day or the Samil Movement, it was one of the earliest public displays of Korean resistance during the occupation of the Korean Empire by Japan. Yippeeee for national holidays!

We decided to go to Seoul for two nights. David, myself, Amanda and Brandon have been on a strict healthy eating and exercise regime since the 1st January and Friday the 28th  February was officially the LAST day! So  it was inevitable that Seoul was going to be a junk food and alcohol fest!!!

For this weekend we decided to stay in a hostel in Hong-dae called Pencil Second. All four of us stayed in one room, which was an apartment style dorm. It cost 17,000 won per person per night.


Koh Samet: I wish you were here, or maybe not.

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I have no intention of making you jealous, but I have to inform you that I am writing this blog post from a beach chair 4 feet from the water on the small island of Koh Samet in Thailand. It is late afternoon and the beach area in front of my resort (My bungalow is $20 a night!) is starting to clear out for the day. I personally think dusk is the best part of a beach day. The sky’s color is spectacular, the sun isn’t as intense as it was a few hours prior and I can finally tell by looking at my skin that yes, I in fact did manage to tan and not burn after hours of frolicking in the surf.


9 Hours in Sci-Fi

I'm not really writing about my trip to Japan in sequential order, so I figured I would jump to one of the most asked about aspects of my trip (mostly by my mom and her co-workers)- the capsule hotel.

In Kyoto there's this capsule hotel that I found called 9 Hours, and it looks just as futuristic and straight out of a sci-fi movie as it does on its website.  I've found that it's actually cheaper to book through their website, and since I was staying in hostels the whole trip, this was the most expensive place I stayed in.  But it's all about the experience, right?   It looked a lot more fancy and sci-fi than a lot of the other capsule hotels I saw online, so I took the plunge. 

Who wouldn't want to sleep here?

Lee & No = HORRIBLE Hostel

I was going to Seoul with a girlfriend for the first time.  We chose this hostel because it got great reviews online and it looked to be a good location.

The bus we took into Seoul was delayed by several hours due to traffic... We called the hostel to let them know we would be arriving late.  They said ok, they understood, no problem.

When we arrived it was near midnight, POURING rain.  We saw a note w/ my name on the door.  First stating that they had split us up (we paid extra to be in a room together).  They also said to punch in a keycode.  Having never been to Korea before, I didn't know what that meant.  I rang the doorbell.


What little children are made of.

What little children are made of.

If you've wondered why kids have bite, it's because of the gators.

 

From the countertop of a youth hostel in Seoul.  Taken on September 28, 2009. Tonemapped from 3 RAWs in Photomatix 3.1, post in CS4.

©2009 Kevin Baylon

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