Siem Reap in Cambodia - My visit to Angkor Thom and Tonle Sap Lake
My recent visit to Siam Reap in Cambodia was my second visit there and I intended to profit from lessons learnt from my first experience. I had learnt that Angkor Wat is only one of many temples in the ancient city of Angkor Thom ...
A Portrait of Pom - our guide in Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang may no longer be the Royal Capital but it is still considered the main centre of Buddhism in Laos. I was delighted when we met our guide, Khampom or Pom, to discover that he had been a Buddhist monk for fourteen years. Who better to show us around the city?
Some Captivating Charms of Luang Prabang in Laos
Santi Resort and Spa in its lovely garden setting on the outskirts of Luang Prabang in Laos was a pleasant change from recent stays in city centre hotels. The hotel runs a free shuttle service into the town so I did not feel isolated from the town.
A Nightingale Sang in Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, Vietnam
One of the purest voices I have ever heard was singing a haunting melody as we entered Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi. Ahead of us the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh glowed pink. The guards in their stark white uniforms stood to attention on ether side of the massive entrance. People strolled around the…
Five Highlights of the Ancient City of Hoi An in Vietnam
There are many good reasons to visit the vibrant UNESCO city of Hoi An a town that lights up every night as dusk falls on its ancient buildings. Scooters surged into the town and park wherever they can find a space so their occupants can walk along the banks of the Thu Bon river into the old town
Some Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam
What do you do with twelve exhausted travellers who had arrived in Ho Chi Minh City at six in the morning – too early to check into their hotel? Take them to Trung Nguyen Legend coffee shop ...
A Day Out from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam - exploring the Mekong Delta
Dodging traffic is a national sport in Vietnam especially in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Having spent two days perfecting the art it was a relief to board the bus and drive through the city watching how other people coped. And the best method must be the rope barrier ...