Archive for January, 2012

Saigon – it’s full

January 30, 2012 1 comment

Over the next couple of days we widened our circle in the city, visiting first the Green Emerald Pagoda. In the guide book, they described this serene, leafy, intricate temple – we came on a festival day and it was crazy. As soon as we were out of the taxi we were nearly mown down by scooters, pushed up against the bird cages and the vats of fish and turtles.

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The freak show and the tunnels

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The freak show at the Cao Dai Holy See Temple was a religious experience to match any cult offering of the USA. This “new religion” was conceived in Vietnam and unsurprisingly has a temple in California. From what we can make out, they worship a complicated mix of “gods”, with recent messengers of god that they speak with during their séances including Charlie Chaplain, Louis Pasteur, William Shakespeare, Joan of Arc, Lenin and their favourite – Victor Hugo…. you start to get the idea.

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Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh City

January 27, 2012 4 comments

Fiesta fiesta fiesta – I think we have landed in the party season. It is the fourth day of Tet, the New Year, and this year is the particularly special year of the Dragon. Everyone is out on the street and in top spirits.

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Koh Mak

January 24, 2012 1 comment

We debated whether it would be a week in Cambodia, seeing Ankor Wat and learning  about the countries atrocities, or a week on a beach. Guess what won out. Well the next challenge was which island – so many to choose from.

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Doi Inthanon and Princess Diana’s umbrella.

January 18, 2012 3 comments

For a change of scene we opted for a standard issue Toyota Pickup and headed through the traffic out of town. The thinking was that the bigger the vehicle, the more likely we were to have right of way – it seemed to work. First stop the natural hot springs and geysers of San Thaempang.

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Chiang Mai – City of hidden gems

January 16, 2012 4 comments

Last time I visited Chiang Mai was 20 years ago, and there were far fewer tourists then, but the city still has a very charming relaxed feel. The mountain air is also a bit cleaner and cooler, making visiting even more Wats slightly more enjoyable.

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Bag Pa In +48 hours

January 13, 2012 4 comments

Generally know for it’s palace, I will probably remember Bang Pa In for the pork and noodle soup that gave me a horrendous 48 hours worth of food poisoning.

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