Archive - October 2018

School Visits

School Visits in Asia During our big Asia trip in 2001 we did three different school visits. The aim of the visit at schools in Malaysia/Borneo, Thailand and Singapore To visit pupils and teachers in their life situation at schools in Malaysia/Borneo, Thailand and Singapore and set up a network for long-term and improved contacts. The contacts are made especially...

City traffic

Vietnam – Hanoi

Hanoi Hanoi with its 2 to 3 millions citizens is Vietnam’s capital town. From 1902 to 1953 Hanoi was the capital town of the French Indochina, which from 1893 consisted of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Hanoi is a town with lakes and green parks and it feels a little bit more “umbrageous” than HCMC (Saigon). However, the pulse of life is just the same...

Vietnam – DMZ

DMZ We also made a one-day excursion from Hué to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). DMZ consisted in an area about 10 km width and located around the Ben Hai river. This river formed the split between South Vietnam and North Vietnam. The area around the DMZ is still not cleared by mines and everyday new mines are found. We made a first stop in a mountain district near the...

Bridge at night

Vietnam – Hué

Hué Hué has about 250000 citizens and is known as the old imperial town. Here 13 Emperors have reigned during 1802 to 1945. The largest places of interest in the area are the old Emperor tombs. In November 1999 the whole town was below water when a huge flood hit some parts of Vietnam. The city is split in two sections by the Parfyme River. We really recommend a...

Cua Dai Beach

Vietnam – Hoi An

Hoi An We bought bus tickets in Saigon. These are “open tickets” where you decide your final destination of the bus trip. On the way to this destination the bus stops in different cities and you can stay there for several days. The night before you want to go again you just tell them and then you can go on further to you final stop the next morning. After...

Breakfast

Vietnam – Saigon

Saigon Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has 7 millions citizens. Add to that about 2.5 million of mopeds/motorbikes. One advantage with that is that the city is not as polluted as for example Bangkok. The traffic is very hectic. To go from one side of the street to the other side is a real achievement. You can not stay and wait for someone to stop and let you pass...

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Cambodia – Siem Reap

After one night in Phnom Penh we flew further to our goal in Cambodia – Siem Reap. It is here most of the tourists come to see the fantastic temples in the surrounding area. Here is the largest concentration of temples in the whole world. The history in Cambodia can be split in 3 epochs: 1) Before Angkor time. 2) Angkor time. and 3) After Angkor time. The...

Cambodia – Phnom Penh

Cambodia – Phnom Penh

We landed in Cambodia’s capital town Phnom Penh to stay one night. Th civil war ended in 1997 and the country is one of the poorest in the world. Cambodia has 12 million citizens and it says they also have nearly 10 million land mines still in the country! They are now restoring roads and buildings. There were not many tarmaced roads! The soil was red and brown...

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Singapore

Singapore The republic Singapore is one of the worlds smallest countries. Singapore or Singa Pura (Liontown) has around 3 millions citizens. There are mostly Chinese (78%), Malay (14%) and Indies (7%). Singapore has a clean and nice environment and the business district with it’s sky-scrapers give a picture of a modern society. The country is indeed not so old...

Sabah – Danum Valley

Danum Valley From Sepilok we took a bus to Lahad Datu and then further with a mini bus (100 km) into the real rain forest in Danum Valley. Here is the forest with the smallest influence from mankind. It is an exclusive area and the only chance to visit this is to book accommodation at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. It is here in Danum Valley where the Swedish nature...