SO we headed up on a morning Virgin Train to Manchester on Saturday, to stay the night for triple birthday celebrations for 3 of my favourite girls.
We had lots of fun and stayed in the lovely Renaissance hotel. There was 8 of us girls so we booked two ‘double deluxe rooms’ for £50 each. When we arrived, to our excitement, we were told we have us adjoining rooms! We absolutely loved this as it meant we could still get ready and have a pre party altogether before we headed out on the town.
The rooms were spacious and clean, my only negative would be that the lighting was very poor, which meant only in the bathroom could we all contour properly (oh women’s struggles eh?)
We’ve heard lots of good things about here. The music was really good but a vodka and soda will set you back £10 so don’t expect cheap drinks! We stayed here until around midnight but it didn’t get very busy. I definitely wouldn’t call it a ‘club’, more of a ‘pre bar’ drinking spot.
Absolutely loved this place! The music was spot on with a mix of everything!
Great crowd and lots of space to dance so it gets a big thumbs up from me. I’d definitely go back to Bijoux if I headed to Manchester again. We didn’t get in until 5am so I think its fair to say we made the most of the night…
We went to a fair few bars in Ho Chi Minh but here are my 3 favourites!
The view hotel bar A very cool 8th floor bar on the main strip with surprisingly inexpensive beer.
333 beer at 20,000 dong? That’s traveller prices in a roof top bar which was highly unexpected. Or why not have a giant Tiger for a mere 50p extra.
This place has a super relaxed atmosphere, pretty lights, lovely scenery and an OK view of the city. I’m sure you can find better views in sky bar or other rooftops but this is well worth a drink.
Guess what, it even had a swing!
Although the prices here aren’t very traveller friendly (unless you buy 3 drinks for the price of 2 or again.. drink beer), it’s well worth a stop. The bar is situated over 3 floors and include foozeball, darts and pool tables making it a super fun place to hang out.
Both of these bars are located on the very long ‘Bui Vien Street’ which is a strip of bars, hotels and restaurants
One for those with sports obsessed boyfriends.
This is a sports bar with the added luxury of a really good singer who performs there every other night, keeping us girls occupied while the boys shout at the tv.
This ones around the other side.
What’s your favourite bar in Saigon – or which one of these looks like one you’d most enjoy?
So the time has been and gone again, where the most sought after stars in showbiz step out in their glamorous gowns to battle it out for the title of the ‘Red Carpets best dressed.’
The Oscars 2016 will undoubtedly go down in history as the day Leonardo Di Caprio was finally recognised for his talent.
But more importantly, let’s talk about the glitz & glamour that was out in full force last night and let’s see who topped my Academy Awards best dressed list!
Don’t forget to have your say and comment your opinions below.
— Sexy —
Charlize Theron wowed as the lady in red in a simplistic yet striking gown.
The plunging neck line and open back cut showed off her stunning figure, while the glamorous train at the back added class to this sexy look.
— Stunning —
Cate Blanchett donned in an Armani teal coloured number that complimented her naturally pale skin tone. The clusters of petals and feathers of this piece add a 3D texture to the simplistic design, while the crystals and metallic overlay creates a mermaid feel; bringing back happy childhood memories of watching The Little Mermaid.
— Sultry —
Jennifer Lawrence proves that black can be anything but boring in this fiery number that fits perfectly on her envious physique.
While the daringly exposed upper lace bodice doesn’t leave much to the imagination, the feathery, floor length bottom adds an element of fairytale glamour with its black swan design.
The contrasting textures of the dress compliment each other perfectly while raising obvious questions on how Jennifer wants her choice of fashion to be perceived.
— Sophisticated —
Lady Gaga is famed for her unique fashion decisions and the Oscars 2016 is no exception.
Why choose between a suit and a gown when you can have the best of both worlds right Gaga?
This fresh white strapless jumpsuit/gown ensemble adds a 21st century twist to dressing for success. While the colour adds innocence and angelic physiologies, the design proves that women can in fact sport the famous power suit without losing their femininity.
Who was on your best dressed list for the Oscars 2016?
You’ll find regular English speaking holiday reps come round on the beach each day to promote their bars and other events.
We met a lovely rep called Steph who told us about their new weekly Wednesday boat party ‘Sundance’.
Here’s the impressive $10 package:
A boat party from 2-7pm
A free bucket on arrival of strong Whiskey and mixer
A free Sessions Tshirt
A plate of BBQ food on your return
Not bad for £7 eh?
This party was actually one of our favourite days in Sihanoukville we had so much fun!
The music varied in genre. There was some old Skool garage, house and the odd splash of R’n’B. A mix that I really loved.
Drinks on board weren’t too expensive either, you could grab a bucket for $5..as you can see, me and Simona took full advantage of this..
There were lots of drinking games on board to keep everyone occupied. As 2 couples we didn’t partake in them. Think Ibiza/Malia/Magaluf style fun on a boat.
Though it was thoroughly enjoyable to witness.
Half way through, the boat stopped at Otres Beach for an hour.
We jumped out and grabbed ourselves some food and cocktails from Ibiza bar. Then we all got involved in a game of ultimate tug of war. Europe vs. the rest of the world!
If you fancy chilling there you can just simply enjoy the scenery. Otres beach is lovely and a lot nicer than Serendipity.
After returning to the boat, we watched the lovely sunset over the horizon and then partied the afternoon away.
Making new friends along the way..
Docking around 7pm, we headed back to Sessions bar where we were each greeted with a big plate of BBQ Chicken and rice. Yum!
It was a really enjoyable day out and one I would recommend to anyone for the price.
Be warned though, If you’re looking for a relaxing sunset boat cruise, please do not book on this one.
Most of my Valentine’s Days I’ve been single but I still love the concept.
I mean true, it is soo annoying on Facebook on the 14th Feb where everyone posts ‘the boy did good’ photos and statuses. Valentines is about spending time with loved ones not how much money someone spends on you.
I’ve had some great v.days with my girl pals. It doesn’t have to be a boyfriend/husband/partner! So please don’t get depressed if you’re single I hate that.
Last year I had the best valentines! I went ice skating over Canary Wharf and then to see 50 shades of gray with my other single girl friends.
We had a blast.
This year I’m with Liam in Cambodia and tonight we’re going to Dine in the Dark, how times change.
What are you doing for valentines?
Whether you are celebrating with a love interest of having some fun with your friends, make it a good one!
“Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.
This year it’s the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.”
“The personality of the Monkey:
People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous, but it is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.
The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth.
In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.
Hoi An, the home of bespoke tailoring and streets of yellow painted buildings. We spent 3 nights in the town voted ‘most favourite destination for tourists’ by Wanderlust UK.
With Tailors on every corner, this town is becoming increasingly popular for paying only $120 dollars for a tailored suit, made and ready in just 1-2 days.
We had a very chilled time there, no big tours or premeditated plans; just us and our feet walking a fair few kilometres, running laps around the Ancient Town and making a dart for the beach on the one hot day we had.
Hoi An is a charming and romantic area with a beautiful riverside setting. The ancient world UNESCO site is impressively well-preserved and infuses a mix of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese culture all into one.
The ‘city centre’ is around 4 streets in length, making it easily accessible for walking, as long as you avoid being run down by all the motorbikes of course. It is here that you can head over to view the Japanese Bridge, and go through it to the preserved part of Ancient Town for a small fee. We gave this a miss.
Hoi An reminded me a lot of Chiang Mai; a wonderful place that doesn’t necessarily have the ‘oh my god there is something unbelievable to see here’ landmarks, but it’s just one of the very few places that has preserved it’s area to how it used to be. A great place to experience the real unindustrialised Vietnam.
On the one day the skies blessed us with 28-29c and no rain, we headed for the beach on a long straight 4km road.
We stopped every so often, taking in the sites, enjoying a beverage or two by the riverside and had a bite to eat. Granted, you can rent bikes from your hotel for a mere $1 which would be a quicker option, but with Liam’s still iffy ribs we decided that walking was the safest bet.
The south part of Cua Dao beach was lined with sandbags and wooden posts. Not the most scenic but the waves were violent, so I assume this was for people’s safety?
The northern part of the beach was much nicer, clear sands and a rock backdrop. Well worth a walk along on a nice day.
Hoi An really comes alive at night. The history in the ancient town vs. the new drinking culture means that there is something for everyone.
The hustle and bustle of the street vendors down Le Loi street, paired up with the English speaking bar promoters, selling all you can drink and BOGOF deals over An Hoi bridge gives the area a contrasting mix.
There are authentic Vietnamese restaurants side by side with crazy bars that offer you unlimited drink for 100,000 dong. Thankfully, there isn’t enough of these to create a Magaluf bar strip atmosphere. The area still holds on to its culture and beauty, but I’ll be interested to see what this place looks like in another few decades, and whether tourism funded greed will get the better of this vibrant city.
There is a long night market straight down the middle of the small strip for you to immerse in.
The lantern shops make the road very picturesque but unfortunately the constant pestering: ‘you buy something here’ every time you glance over at a stall, started to get on my nerves a bit.
Is it just an English thing? You know where we get instantly wound up and on the defensive in a retail shop if a worker asks if we need help with something. Like no woman, stop being salesy and leave me to lurk and doddle in peace ha.
If you’re a true night owl and you want to continue the party after most of the town has lights out at midnight, head down to ‘why not bar’ where you can carry on the drinking and fun until 3am.
Hoi an is listed in top 25 destinations in Asia 2013 by trip advisor and after my enjoyable visit here I can see why.
So we’re spending 4 nights and 4 1/2 days at Patong Beach, Phuket.
It’s quite a main tourist town so everything is much more expensive here. By much more expensive I mean 3-4 pound for a meal instead of £1. So technically not expensive at all to the western world, just more expensive for a traveller.
Here’s the Phuket club/bar strip, its called Soi Bangla and it’s a lively place
We watched a Ping Pong Show the first night, to be honest I think it has scarred me slightly. It was definitely an ‘experience’. I would not recommend it to anyone at all as I think it highly derogatory to women. Watching women pull needles and real live turtles out of themselves is definitely not my idea of entertainment. No photos to show I’m afraid as you weren’t allowed.. I’d never have posted or took any anyway to be fair!
The sunset here is beautiful and the beach is lovely
We’ve had a couple of beach days as our first week was jam packed. Keep an eye out for my recommendation posts.
We’re off on a snorkelling and fishing trip tomorrow, I hope I can catch something!