After having spent our first day here soaking up the sunshine and really getting to relax after weeks of chaotic travel. Getting to explore Vietnam this summer (2017) was one of the highlights of my year, knowing that after our month of travels in August I’d be heading into my final year of college and commencing work on my thesis made me savour every day i got to go adventuring on this trip. Getting to spend a few weeks travelling this country with my family was an interesting experience, that said I wasn’t complaining as the last few family holidays have been getting increasingly more and more exotic. One of the last places we made our way to was Ho Tram. On our second day we began to actually explore it properly as after nearly a days travelling to get there we just about managed a brief tour and some food before passing out.. We stayed in different villas dotted around Hot Tram to change things up and get to see some different parts of the area. This was something that initially appeared as utter nonsense to my parents as the idea of packing up each night or every two nights was not something they felt prepared for or willing to do. So i decided to mention it the day after we’d arrived over breakfast when they were well rested. Our first night was spent in the Butterfly Villa, Ho Tram Resort which exceeded expectations, only to be continually trumped as the days went on.
It seemed initially strange to my parents when telling them that most nights we would be in a different villa, but when you get to move into a different incredibly beautiful and tranquil your quite at peace and then you wake up with a different view out your window each day. I think i can safely say this one was my favourite.
The beach was somewhere that was incredibly relaxing, only a few minutes walk from whatever villa your staying in. There’s daily yoga and tai chi lessons both on the beach and also in a wall-less outhouse of sorts where there were also meditations both individual and guided each day, again, free of charge.
The main restaurant that you dine in nearly exclusively in the resort was incredibly impressive, there’s a gigantic buffet in the morning that has everything you could wish for and more. I’m mentally kicking myself that i didn’t take a rake of pictures when i was there but, i did happen to take pictures of the venues thankfully. There’s an outside courtyard where you can choose to sit to be beside a pond covered in lily pads and overhanging trees with very exotic vines flowing down beside you. Seriously scenic.
The more i travel the orient and get to explore places like these, and witness what life is like on this heavenly side of the continent, the more i realise I’m slowly starting to gear my life towards someday possibly moving over there to live and work for at least a few years. For weeks we spent our mornings here, drinking the ridiculously delicious Vietnamese iced coffee and indulging in Fu *(soup pronounced “Fu-uh”), some pastries and noodles and nearly everything you could want out of a continental and oriental spread. Waking up and strolling the minute to this slice of heaven was like taking a natural Valium or having Xanax just pumped into the air around you. It’s a lot easier to be tranquil in both body and mind when your able to live so peacefully, immersing yourself in the elements.
Lastly, on the restaurant (and a little for the whole resort) there is so much green here. It’s everywhere and literally puts your mind at ease, you’re constantly surrounded by such glorious views and dozens of shades of different green lifeforms and flowers, there is no end. Every single day i spent here i would go on a nature walk and take a different path each time. It never got old and you stroll back to your villa feeling like you’ve had a mental massage.
Another part of the grounds i really enjoyed was the little farms that they have dotted around the grounds, fruits, flowers and vegetables. It also interesting to see that any Vietnamese woman (no matter her occupation) will wear an outfit that completely covers her entire body and draped clothing as the current beauty “trend” and the cultural appeal is to be as white as possible. So you will regularly see women dressed in what you can only be imagining as torture in the august Vietnamese heat, be it at work, in the park, going to the market etc. Watching their customs has made that old adage “Grass is always greener”, ironic as the who of the western hemisphere wants to be tanned and as dark skinned as possible. Different styles of culture an appearance are made quite evident. The little farms they cultivate and mostly vegetable, even strolling past rows and rows of little flower beds or ‘prepared soil’ has such a charm to it as right beside you then have access to views that you couldn’t see from nearly anyplace in the resort.