GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM
With hedonistic intentions, my friend and I hopped on a tiny boat to a beach party on an idyllic Vietnamese island. As the party started, we got chatting to a fellow traveller. Correction: we got chatted at – she was relentless and monotone, but strangely hypnotic, like the snake Kaa from The Jungle Book. Finally she paused to go to the loo, and we realised we’d been stuck there for five hours, and only two party-goers remained dancing by the dwindling bonfire. Determined to improve the night, we went for a walk around the island and, passing a jetty, saw utterly spectacular bright blue bioluminescent plankton in the ocean. We sat for ages taking in the beauty of nature and our surroundings. It might not have been what we came for, but it was more memorable than any party could have been.