Naturally beautiful, exotic, and utterly captivating… Vietnam is one of those countries where you can expect to receive true Southeast Asian hospitality. A humble country that’s been torn several times in different wars and now a communist nation, its people are naturally kind, with a happy semblance that bears no grudge or regret, only contentment and peace. On my journey I had traveled between Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Mai Chau… and what I saw made me fall in love with the country’s rural beauty.
Towards the end of last year, my husband and I (I’m still not used to calling him that) decided to go on a relaxing trip to Cancun. In case you didn’t already know, Cancun is best to visit in the months of December to February, when the country experiences milder temperatures thanks to the cold winds of the North. This being their peak season, we dreaded flocks of tourists so we decided to avoid that by going just a bit earlier. And our timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
One of the many reasons we chose Cancun to holiday in is because it’s undeniably close to the United States. If we can’t go back to the pristine beaches of Asia, where else could we turn to? From L.A. we took a direct flight to Cancun, which took about 4 hours and under $300 for a return ticket. Not bad eh? And then we landed here. Luckily because we came at the end of November, we didn’t have to face a crowded island and rub shoulders with other tourists. There was plenty of space and privacy, it almost felt like the resort was all ours. We stayed at the Marriott Casa Magna Cancun using our SPG points and we think we made the best choice, because we loved the colonial style architecture and the spaciousness of the resort (compared to the JW Marriott next door). Going to Cancun cannot be complete without visiting one of the seven wonders of the world. The Chichen Itza, the world renowned historical city which dates back to 600 AD, was an amazing sight to see. Walking through the grounds felt different, or at least to me I imagined what it must have been like to live there in that era.
And while you’re in the Yucatan Peninsula, I highly recommend dipping yourself in one of the mysterious cenotes. The cenotes are natural sinkholes that could be deeper than 60 meters or comparably like a 20 to 30 floor building. It’s so deep that when you look below all you’ll see is an abyss – dark, mysterious, and scary. Naturally, the water is cold and will make you shiver on your first dip, but feels very refreshing on a warm summer day. In the photo below you’ll see all of us wearing life jackets because it’s a requirement. The depth of the hole is not to be joked about. One good thing I took away from this trip was I learned the Mexican way of appreciating life as it is, and to enjoy the art of doing nothing. Though we explored the city, we put aside a lot of time to just relax by the beach, play in the pool, or enjoy a good meal. It gave me a relaxed and peaceful feeling which felt like something I hadn’t felt for a long while. I’m the type of person who can’t stand sitting by the beach all day – although some people really enjoy doing that, I never understood what good came out of it. So I can almost say it felt like my first time to go on a holiday.