I landed in the Philippines with a full blown fever thanks to my all-nighter in Saigon the night before.
To recap, I stayed up all night while my friends got tattooed at a random parlor we stumbled across wandering the streets of Saigon trying to kill time before sunrise.
My family friends doctored me back to health with their Vitamin C and Lagundi (a miracle drug, I’m telling you), flew me out to Palawan, and together we stood in awe of pristine beaches and swam alongside thousands of migrating fish.
Puerto Princesa Underground River
One of UNESCO’s 7 Wonders of Nature.
“Keep your mouth closed when you look up to avoid getting bat droppings in your mouth”
Island Hopping in El Nido
We snorkeled for 6 hours straight at 5 of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever laid eyes on. One was enclosed entirely by giant limestone walls with just a tiny crevice in the rocks for you to swim through to find it, appropriately named Secret Beach.
And schools of thousands of fish. I’ve never seen so many. It was off season so no crowds but the weather was perfect and the ice cream man pulled up on a boat shortly after we arrived. No really!!
Azumi Boutique Hotel
Yes, I had the best roommate in Vietnam but this introvert needed some time to unwind. Alone. Besides I love boutique hotels and damnit I deserved a nice bathroom