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Tin Hau Kung Temple, Tung Chung, Hong Kong

By on January 22, 2017 in Hong Kong with 0 Comments
Tin Hau Kung Temple, Tung Chung, Hong Kong

The Tin Hau Kung Temple in Wong Lung Hang of Tung Chung is the last temple built of granite still standing in Hong Kong. The temple was built in 1822 in Miu Wan, near Check Lap Kok, and moved to its current location in 1990 when Hong Kong International Airport being built. The six stone pillars outside the […]

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Mongkok Flower Market 旺角花墟, Hong Kong

By on January 19, 2017 in Hong Kong
Mongkok Flower Market 旺角花墟, Hong Kong

This was my second visit to Mongkok Flower Market 旺角花墟 in Hong Kong, and the last time I was there was September 4, 2015, and, as last time, it didn’t disappoint. This visit was just before the Chinese new year and the market was full of bushes containing small oranges and/or mandarins (a lucky gift for the Chinese new […]

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Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 2 of 2

By on September 13, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 2 of 2

I continued to explore the Dinh Thống Nhất (Independence Palace / Reunification Palace), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. (See Dinh Thống Nhất (Independence Palace / Reunification Palace), Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2 for more information and photos.) The Palace certainly has a very luxurious feel to it with each room clearly […]

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Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2

By on September 13, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2

Now, I got confused…  Was it Dinh Độc Lập or Dinh Thống Nhất, anyway, I do know it is called Independence Palace or is it Reunification Palace? This was one of these odd places to visit in Vietnam that I felt I recognised from some deep memory. When I was a small boy the Vietnam War was coming to […]

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30-4 Park, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

By on September 13, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
30-4 Park, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

30-4 Park was an interesting place. As far as I can tell it is just called 30-4 Park. That just seems to be a really odd name. Does it have some meaning from history that I’m not understanding? 30-4 Park seems to be the place for young people to hang out on a Sunday morning.  The […]

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Bưu Điện Sài Gòn (Saigon Central Post Office), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

By on September 13, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Bưu Điện Sài Gòn (Saigon Central Post Office), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Just across the road from the Nhà Thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn (Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica) is the Bưu Điện Sài Gòn (Saigon Central Post Office), which is a very impressive -looking building, And reminded me of the Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House), which I visited earlier on my trip. (It’s interesting that in a […]

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Nhà Thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn (Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

By on September 13, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Nhà Thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn (Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

First day exploring Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. The train journey to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on the Reunification Express, was a great experience. A fantastic way to experience Vietnam. First stop on my walk around Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was the Nhà Thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn (Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica).  Stunning looking building, and […]

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Reunification Express – Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

By on September 11, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Reunification Express – Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

This I was really looking forward to… I love travelling by train, and this was going to be a stunning trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on the Reunification Express. Booking my ticket for the Reunification Express was a breeze thanks to the great advice from The man in seat 61, and the […]

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Next stop – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

By on September 11, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments

So, after my three-day excursion to Ha Long Bay I returned to Hanoi for one evening before moving on to Ho Chi Minh City. For my trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) I decided to go by train. Specifically, the SE5 which leaves Hanoi at 9 am and arrives in Saigon the next day […]

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, with Glory Cruises – an overview

By on September 10, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, with Glory Cruises – an overview

I spent 3 days and 2 nights in the company of Glory Cruises in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.  So what did we do?  Where did we go? The bay does have some great stats: total area of Ha Long Bay 434 km2 775 islands typical tidal range of 4.4 to 4.6 m depth on average 20 m, […]

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