my asian adventure
As you may or may not have known from the million instagrams I posted, I traveled around Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for the past month. It was the most unbelievable experience of my life. I really do not have the words but I will give it a go. We flew from Detroit to Bangkok and then immediately went into full blown adventure mode. Bangkok was crazy busy, hotter than hell, tuk tuks whipping down the streets, food carts selling mangos and meats on sticks on every corner, countless thai massage parlors, thousands of electric wires twisted into bird nests and tons of signage with broken english, everywhere. From Bangkok we flew north to Chiang Mai where we visited temples and spent an entire day hiking in the jungle with elephants- which was the most humbling and beautiful day, ever. Thailand is epic. The food was some of the most delicious food I have ever had. I have become absolutely obsessed with mango sticky rice and coconut soup. We learned all about buddhism and even got to have an enlightening conversation with a Monk. Everything is incredibly inexpensive so we treated ourselves to daily thai massages. We went to night markets and tried all the local fruits like durian, jack fruit, passion fruit, mango, pomelo, lychee, rambutan and pineapple. We participated in a Thai cooking class where we made a delicious five course meal of all the most popular local cuisine.
Next, we went to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Cambodia was fascinating. I had never been to a place with so much poverty. Initially, it made me uncomfortable. But soon, I felt grateful to have my eyes open to such a place. The Cambodian people have gone through so much. Namely, a genocide that happened in the 1970's, where nearly 5 million people were murdered. Learning about the country's history was heartbreaking and it made me realize that I live in such a bubble. It also made me realize that there is so much to be done in the world and I want to do more. There was a moment when my fiancee and I bought ice cream cones for a large group of children that were selling souvenirs outside of Angkor Wat in order to help support their families. They were ecstatic and so grateful. It was a small thing but it felt really good. Every kid just wants some ice cream.
From Cambodia, we flew to Vietnam. We spent a couple days exploring the city of Hanoi, the took an overnight train to the Mountains in Sa Pa and then finished off our journey in the beach town, Hoi An, which is along the South China Sea. Vietnam is when we discovered Hot Pots- which is like a pot of soup that they cook at your table and you add in all sorts of goodies like mushrooms, greens, tofu and herbs. So good. Exploring the cities Hanoi and Hoi Chi Minh were wonderful but the real treat was ending our trek at the sea. We spent the last few days swimming, reading, soaking in the hot sun, drinking out of coconuts and eating fresh fruit. It was perfection.
All in all, it was a life changing experience that I feel so grateful to have been a part of. As someone who is as nuts for good food as I am, it was dream. I feel refreshed, inspired and ready to take Lux Lake to the next level. I have a lot of exciting, new things happening in the coming months so be sure to stay tuned...