Wednesday, August 10, 2016

When In Ho Chi Minh City: Top Spots

After a long time of working like a horse in the past few months after I resigned from my full time work. I was able to take a little time to relax and take a holiday. Yes! The long awaited and longed holiday.

Destiny had it that I and my girlfriend visit Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. I don't know any Vietnamese word but I figured, there could be English labels, so I believed we'd survive. After the turn of events, we managed to arrive at our hotel and relaxed for the night of our arrival.

The next day we decided to stroll around the City. We wanted to see for ourselves the famous spots. Ho Chi Minh City have several famous spots, yes, so you can do your own City Tour. Let me share some of the spots we've visited and some candid pictures we've had.

1. WAR Remnants Museum - you'll get education of how the Vietnamese struggled back then. How they were invaded and how they fought. Photos, scenes and items that would remind the war times would be found here. And well, it's just so informative. 








2. Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception - this is said to be established by Vietnam's French Colonists and was constructed around the time 1863 - 1880 (wikipedia), and even when it's old, it showcases it's beauty and strength as a structure and as a symbol of faith of the Roman Catholics. 





3. Jade Emperor Pagoda - one of the oldest Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh and is frequented by many tourists specially those who are Taoist. This is a Taoist Temple believed to have been built over a century ago. Oddly for me, I am not sure why, but we can take pictures even inside the temple. I've visited temples in Thailand and Hong Kong and all those temples prohibits taking pictures inside. But this is Vietnam. So yeah, you can take pictures inside the temples.






4. Independence Palace/Reunification Palace - the home and place of the President of South Vietnam during Vietnam War. It's also one of the must see and visit place. It's grandeur as a structure and it's historic value is something you couldn't miss.





5. Saigon River - it's a different thing to just pass by it from really looking at it and just witness it's natural beauty. A park beside it is also a good place to chill out and relax.





6. 23-9 Park - it's a place where you can actually relax and just watch the locals play, exercise, and relax. Lots of things you can do here. Even foreigners go to this place.





7. Du Mien Garden Cafe - a must visit Cafe when in Saigon. It's a Cafe but it exudes the beauty of a garden even at night time. So cap off your City Tour by relaxing and dining at this cafe. Must try - Cafe Sua Da (Iced Coffee) 








Now that's what you call Ho Chi Minh City Tour. 

8. Of course you could also visit Benh Thanh Market and Saigon Square for shopping purposes. You'd find lots of overruns and cheap products there.

What about you? What's your Ho Chi Minh Cit Tour Experience? 

Got questions? Feel free to leave me a comment. 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Hong Kong Travel Guide (Not Your Usual Places To Visit In Hong Kong But Worth All Your Time)

Hello guys! I am writing again! C'mon! It's March, and yes, this is my first in the 3rd month of the year. Been a while. Been caught up with a lot of tasks and jobs. I haven't been traveling for quite some time now, but my mind traveled a lot. I mean, while I am in one place, my mind is wandering and wondering. Yes. I have a wanderlust. I am a wanderlust. Yep!

So, as I was also revisiting photos on my gadgets, I missed traveling. I missed being in a place I have never been to before. I miss boarding on a plane, I missed the stairways, the railways, the traffic, the nature and everything that I encounter in traveling. To somehow mitigate the feeling of missing, I have decided to do this blog.

What am I gonna share? Well, I wanted to share some other things in Hong Kong that may not be part of your Hong Kong City Tour and your Macau City Tour or Disney and Ocean Park. There are other places you can visit in Hong Kong if you have time.

In our case (me and mom) we had a free day before we leave for home. I have contacted a good friend of mine Rhea to be our tour guide on the said date. She too loves wandering. So, she decided to pick us up at the hotel as we don't know the directions going to the places she mentioned we'd go to. True enough, we were not brought to the typical places of Hong Kong that we usually see in the picture.

Our first stop was in Diamond Hill. Just a few steps from the train station and we're in the Nan Lian Garden. It's quite a place to stop. There are structures of Chinese Architecture and a mini Museum, a Garden and well Temples!!! My mom is really happiest when she's in a temple. She's a lover of Buddha, of everything that is taught by Chinese people for prosperity and luck. She's a fan!

The Nan Lian Garden in Diamond Hill is really a great place to visit! Plus, it's FREE!!! Yep, you've read it right, we didn't pay a dime to get in. And it's one great destination for travellers like us. :)

I will be sharing the photos below, so you would have an idea.


Mom was really happy to see all those green leaves (natural) plants around. She can't help but ask a photo of us. 


And she's a fan of the writing in a different way, like this? Yep, was it chinese or something? But it doesn't matter, she wants a picture with it too!


And look at those trees! Aren't they great for our eyes? 


Mom couldn't have it pass without her in the picture! :) Smile mom and Rhea! Even if it's under the heat of the sun! :)


At the entrance of their Museum! One kind foreigner (white) stranger looked at us happily taking pictures, then she volunteered "do you want me to take a picture of you three?" She needed no request, she felt the need and she responded. Haha thanks to you Ma'am! :)





Mom, nailed the choreograph! Don't you think? :)


And she does pose like this? Seriously? Haha that's my mom! :)


Another great view on the other side of the 


She said she was tired, so we sat, but what else do we do when we rest? Of course, you guessed it right! Selfie! Pictures once again! :)





Like a Chinese smile! :) 

















Our next stop was the Ten Thousand Buddhas! Yes, that's a lot of Buddhas! So off we go to the train station!


At the entrance of course, you'd start seeing the Buddhas of different poses, style or posture. 



As this is not a usual Hong Kong City Tour destination, you can expect that this is not soooo crowded unlike the other places. 


We can take pictures like it's just us in the place. :)


Along the way up, are Buddhas every step of the way! Yes! EVERY STEP literally. 


This is a photo at the entrance at the top!


Look, how happy mom is! 


This is when your mom is cool for fun shots!


Hey mom! Smile again! :)


Did I say wacky pose?




Of skies, geenery, and temples! :)


Back to the mall, where we had our quick lunch!

Then our next stop is the 1881 Heritage! This place is a bit crowded, but you can still take pictures around. It's a great place of like English theme I believe. It's a huge structure where everywhere is pose-worthy. Such a good place to visit as well. You can take profile-able pictures. Haha









Mom's the coolest with fun shots. She knows what she's doing eh? :)


And look at her, made me carry her hand bag so she could pose properly. LOL



Like a magazine photo cover model! 

A few steps away from the Heritage is the port, where you can actually get on board on a ferry to get to the other side. Instead of taking the train, we opted to ride the ferry boat. It's a 15 minutes ride and we're back near the hotel. :) I forgot the port's name, but it should be very well known to locals if you'd ask. Even known to foreigners as well. 



I had to take a picture of this cruise ship. One of my dreams is to actually be on a cruise ship one day. So this is a good sign! :)


End of the Day Hong Kong Tour was the dinner at a restaurant of my friend's choice. Had to fill our tummies after a long day of wandering! Hai! Itadakimasu! :)



I am sharing below the photos I had with mom. Some of the great photos we've taken during the day! 





There you go, the top 3 spots you can visit which is not included in a typical Hong Kong City tour, but is visit-worthy. I had more fun having this tour with my friend Rhea. It's great when you are in control of the time and places. You can go whichever place you want to go first, and then set the entire day's itinerary to your preference. 

This not-so-ordinary Hong Kong Tour Day is one of the best days I've spent in HK, perhaps because, I'd rather have control of the travel rather than have a tour guide dictating what time to leave, and where to go next. 

Summary:

1. Drop off train station is Diamond Hill. Walk towards the Nan Lian Garden. Few steps away.
2. Explore Nan Lian Garden, it's a wide structure with Museum, Garden, Park, Temples all around. We spent almost half of the day here.
3. Go to the Ten Thousand Buddhas. Walk towards the top! Yes! Thousand of Buddhas you can take selfies with. 
4. The 1881 Heritage. Take all the pictures you want. You can also shop nearby. This is within the city there are nearby malls and stores. There are boutiques nearby. 

It's worth the day spent in these destinations. And yes, it's part of Hong Kong! 

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