Travel Diary – Sanya Hainan

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Like they say rather late than never… Let me dive right in with no further ado.

In December Stacey and I decided to head on down to Sanya the Chinese Hawaii as they like to call it. Us being Cape Town girls where December time is all about beaching, cocktails and festive season madness, being trapped in winter where it’s more freezing than we ever experienced in our lives was not ideal.

So off to warmer pastures we went.  We arrived on New Years Eve; it was so nice to pack lite, ditch the coats and thermals for a few days in the sun. We arrived, and we didn’t expect Thailand or anything, but we got a beach town run by Chinese and Russians so wired.

We stayed in a crappy hotel but it was cheap ( you get what you pay for in China.) we explored the area surrounding our hotel the downtown area with the locals. Even though our hotel wasn’t  anything fancy it was cool to get, that real Chinese beach town feel with the locals.

For NYE, we headed down to the bar street on a motorcycle taxi Picture this: driver Stacey and me all on one motorcycle… when in Sanya lol Weaving through traffic and hoping we were not  going to die before seeing the new year….fun times indeed.

The bar street was filled with clubs and bars and people everywhere. Everything was jam packed with people. We found a bar with live music which wasn’t too crowded sat at the bar and reminisced about our mad 2013 NYE in Thailand. Another island but a lot  calmer. We bar hopped to a few places but everything was too full so we couldn’t enjoy ourselves. Hopped on another motorcycle taxi back to our crack den of a hotel ( ok it wasn’t that bad lol) Found a street food vendor next door and sat on wooden benches eating noodles and drinking beers just embracing the moment filled with Chinese people it was the highlight of the evening one we will never forget.

The next day we headed to the beach and lounged around for the day it was a good day in the sun. Ate some really good seafood at the food market.

Day 3 we were real Chinese went to Yoda rainforest with a Chinese tour group the entire tour was in Chinese lol. Luckily we had a lady that stayed at our hotel from Singapore , who manged to translate the important bits for us. The rainforest was beautiful, and we did the longest zip line in Asia.

Day 4 was my Birthday we woke up and decided to ditch the crazy Hotel and head to Yalong bay the resort or part of the island and live in Luxury for the day and one night before heading back to the cold. The resort we stayed in Cactus by Gloria was a so beautiful, pool, loungers and hammocks around the pool area along with a private beach. Unfortunately Stacey was ill too much sun, so I explored the beach watched the sunset, and the hotel surprised me with a birthday cake. After a good nights rest in the softest hotel bed, it was time to head out of paradise and back to reality. Happy New Year and Happy Birthdays aside.

It was time to face the new year head on.

More travel posts coming soon!!

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥


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