Ho Chi Minh City, Bitexco financial tower

This magnificent city with its spectacular lighting of buildings and french architecture with both traditional and contemporary Vietnamese formation is what makes it somewhat different in comparison to other Asian cities. Previously named Saigon of past fame, was originally part of the kingdom of Cambodia. Saigon is not a place for relaxation. HCMC is divided into…

Halong Bay and over night train from Danang to Hoi An

Halong Bay, recognized as one of the new seven wonders of nature is listed under UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is located at the Gulf of Tonkin, consisting of some 1600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape limestone pillars. Why is it called Halong Bay?  The reason for the name Halong Bay is Bay of…

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An’s distinction for its historic past is two-fold. Once an international trading centre 500 years ago, it was also once the main naval base & port for the capital of the Champa Empire, located 30kms inland & is today known as the My Son Sanctuary.   From the Straits of Malacca connecting the Indian…

Hanoi, Vietnam

I flew with Vietnam Airlines economy. The flight was only 1 hour and a half from Bangkok to Hanoi. Emigration took around 45mins which felt a long time and when we finally went to collect luggage we waited a further 20-25mins.     We got a taxi to our hotel (Hanoi old town hotel) which took…