Image: Sunset over the South China Sea
Hey everyone! I know it's been a bit, it's been difficult figuring out what exactly I should blog about, but here goes!
So the first cruise is over, we're back in Singapore. I figured I'd take some time to fill you in on the last few ports!
Nha Trang, Vietnam is gorgeous! Just don't try to drive there. We got off the ship and got a taxi to take us to the beach. The way they drive is super confident and doesn't seem reckless, but is definitely different. They weave in and out of "lanes" with no worries at all. It seems like more of a "if I move over, that guy will get out of my way" philosophy, and it seems to work for them. The beach was great, we spent about 45 minutes in the warm water, on a 90 degree day. I highly recommend it.
The next port I visited was Ko Samui, Thailand. We didn't do as much here, mostly walked around, got some food and bought a few things. The US Dollar equals about 34 Baht in Thailand.
Next was Laemchabang, Thailand. This is the costal city closest to Bangkok. There are some excursions for guests that take you in to Bangkok, but unfortunately I didn't have time for those. I only got out a little on the second day there due to the torrential downpour that started in the morning. But I was able to get a couple souvenirs. It's a bit dissapointing, but it gives me a reason to need to come back to Thailand at somepoint! I did get out the night before. Since this is an overnight port, after we finished work we headed in to Pattaya. Everything in Pattaya is open late...most of it from 7pm-7am, nightlife. I suggest looking some stuff up about Pattaya, and specifically "Walking Street" before visiting at night! We had some fantastic Thai food, followed by an amazing hour long massage, at 2am, for about $5 (200 Baht). When on Walking Street, I described it as a 'scummy Moulin Rouge,' we didn't do too much. We listened to a couple bands playing and met up with some other people from the ship. We finally headed back, and were back on board around 4:30am.
The last two days we've been at sea on our way back to Singapore. Sea days are long days for me, starting at about 10am, and ending around midnight (with a few breaks). Port days are much simpler, I check on things around 10, but then don't really start working till 4, ending by midnight.
So that's all for now. Tomorrow is my first "Embark/Debark" day so I'll let you all know how that goes, and I'll be posting a list of things I've found interesting when it comes to theatre onboard vs theatre on land!
Hope you're all well,