Lonely Planet (UK) - - Journal - Gem ma Gra­ham Lonely Planet Des­ti­na­tion Ed­i­tor @oh _ gg

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.

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