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. The most visited area is the old town north of Hoan Kiem lake.You can walk along the streets – […]
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 Laos border.Due to the fact that heavy chemical weapons were used during the […]
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 some days we were staying in Hoi An in central Vietnam.The bus went mostly […]
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 boattrip at the Parfyme River. The area surrounding Hué is beautiful with green hilly nature.The […]
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, you must go slowly forward without stopping or going back!This is what you […]
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 with children and school personal from Kindergarten to Elementary school in the above mentioned countries. My hope is that my visit will be followed by […]
Two hours with boat from Phuket is the Island Phi Phi.Phi Phi Island is split in two Islands, Phi Phi Don (where you can live) and Phi Phi Lee (now famous from the movie “The Beach”).Here you can live in bungalows directly at the beach. There are coral reeves very near and it feels like swimming in a giant aquarium with a lot of colorful fish below.
After one night at the train to Surat Thani we arrived by boat to Koh Samui.The Island, which was discovered by backpackers, has fine beaches but the roads look as though they have been air bombed a day before.The most tourists live near Chaweng Beach or Lamai Beach.
100 km north west of the Island Phuket the national park Kao Sok is situated.In this park you can ride elephant, canoeing, go by rubber tire in the river and try out to stay the night in a tree top !There are also some trails and camping possibilities. We were also shown how rubber is made. Kao Sok is a large national park with a lot of jungle and a marvellous athmosphere and nature.Here are large mountains of limestone and […]
A lot of people takes a one-day trip from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi to see the famous bridge over the river Kwai and the war museeum. The bridge was bombed in 1945 and was rebuilt later. Here you can go by train over the bridge and further on for some hours on the “death railway”. Listen to the lead song from the movie! We decided to stay in this area at the river Kwai for a couple of nights and stayed […]
Bangkok is a good starting point for the Asia journey. The capital town has about 10 million citizens, is very chaotic and not very beautiful. Here you stay suitably a couple of days to visit the interesting temple areas.There are about 400 temples just in Bangkok and about 30000 in the whole country.The most famous one is Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace with Wat Pho which are in the same area (Wat = temple). One popular sightseeing use to be […]
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. The English man Sir Stamford Raffles made a landing in 1819 and founded a couple of years later Singapore as a town […]
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 photographer Mattias Klum has spent 14 months taking photos. There are some walking paths and there are […]
Sepiloks rehabilitation center for orangutangs is located outside Sandakan. This is one of the largest sights in Sabah. In this center they take care of hurted orangutangs and apes that have been captured as pets by the locals.The orangutangs are trained to take care of themselves and are later released to the jungle life. Two times every day the orangutangs are fed at a platform. The more they learn to adapt themselves to the wild life the more food they can […]
Kota Kinabalu The Capital town in Sabah is Kota Kinabalu (or simply K.K) and it has about 200,000 citizens.The citizens are mainly Malay, Chinese and immigrants from the Phillippines.K.K is of course the starting point for further jungle adventures in Sabah, and to get permission and to book accomodations at Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu The mountain Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in South East Asia with its 4101m.The mountain is located in the middle of Kinabalu national park. To […]
The first national park in Sarawak is named Bako and was founded in 1957.Bako is located on an Island about 40 km. north of Kuching and consists of 27 km2 untouched tropical rainforest.There are 16 marked trails with a total length of more than 30 km.To get there you can take a boat from Kampong Bako which will take you about 30 min.We also hired a guide out to Bako.
Borneo – the name itself has an exotic sound. The worlds 3:rd largest Island which greatest part belongs to Indonesia shares also the Island with Malaysia and Brunei. Malaysia and little Brunei are located at the north part of Borneo. At Borneo there are two states that belongs to Malaysia, it is Sabah at the north east side and Sarawak at the north west side. Sarawak Kuching The name of the largest town in Sarawak is Kuching (Kuching means cat in […]
Langkawi is an Island in the North West corner of Malaysia. The Island has some great beaches, the most famous ones are Pantai Cenang and Pantai Kok.At the beach Pantai Kok there was coulisses from a temple. It was the american movie “Anna and the King” (which is a story about Thailands first king) which was shot at this place.Langkawi is a tax free zone and it is preferable to shop in the capital town Kuah. Other places of interest […]
Malaysias capital town Kuala Lumpur or K.L has about 2 millions citizens where old and new buildings are mixed.The one time worlds tallest building is located in K.L and the name is Petronas Twin Tower. The goverment owned petroleum company (Petronas) owns 49% of the building and that has given the building its name. With its 88 floors the towers are reaching up to 450 m.The K.L Tower that reaches a height of 400 m. is also worth a visit. […]
The difference between Vientiane and Luang Prabang is what strikes you first. Luang Prabang have been so well preserved and the city is now a World Heritage site. It has a beautiful mix of mountains, rivers, forests and temples. It was also the city where we saw most of the tourists. With a population of around 50,000 the city feels small and family friendly and it has a calm and very relaxed atmosphere. The buildings have a colonial style look. […]
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 from sand and clay. There are a lot of holes in the roads, a lot […]
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 Angkor time lasted from about 11th century to 15th century.Then Cambodia was on its […]