Thang Long was the former name of Hanoi. It literally means “rising dragon” and this dragon is the same dragon that descended upon in Ha Long Bay, at least according to our guide, aptly named Mr. Vietnam. While Hanoi is famous for being a charming old-world timeless city, it was also the birthplace of many great empires, the remains of which has been inscribed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Advertisements
The boats coming in, I am looking at the eerily serene world-famous karst from a deserted part of the Tuan Chua Island. It was a Saturday, our second day in Vietnam, and our first weekend in the country. How many people can say they spent their Saturday afternoon looking at the spectacular Ha Long Bay? Today’s cancellation horror turned out to be one of our best, if not THE best, memory of Vietnam.
Guide to enjoying and exploring Siam’s first capital.
Planning and budgeting for a seven-day family holiday in Siem Reap and Bangkok.
We capped our day at Ayutthaya at its floating market. It was not the “floating market” that we saw in National Geographic images. It was very far from it. I read (after we visited the market) that this was meant for the locals, which explained why there were only a handful of foreign tourists, and I would not be surprised to learn that the river was a manmade river. Despite this, and the steep 200baht for a few minutes of river cruise, I think I enjoyed looking at how Thai people spend their holidays. Read on if you want to know more about this floating market.
Ayutthaya, once Thailand’s capital for more than 400 years, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that I already marked for visit in our trip to Thailand. I did not pre-book a tour with any agency and I set no expectations on what might happen or what to see when we get there. We decided to venture out on a Monday, and I think it was a fun (and not to mention, affordable) day trip from Bangkok. Read on for more details.
I can walk around Angkor Wat, everyday, if only to find my inner peace.
Before stepping foot in Melaka, I envisioned old buildings, old buildings, and more old buildings. It was only when I actually stepped foot into the city that I realized my research was not as in-depth as I thought it was because (1) I forgot Malacca is actually one of the states of Malaysia, and (2) I didn’t realize it is a city, a modern city, a really modern city.
We did not pay for any tour services in Melaka because there is no need. The guesthouse where we stayed informed us that there are free walking tours every Thursdays at 9AM and 1PM at the tourism office (this is the building located at the foot of the bridge across H&M store). I think the free walking tour would have been great because the tour guides would provide information of the place but the schedule didn’t fit our schedule. So, we did our own walking tour.
I didn’t know how to start the first blog post on Melaka. Can I just say I fell in love with the little city? There are many reasons why I thought Melaka was a great place to visit and it started with the minute our bus entered the Malaysian peninsula. Do you still recall the country’s tourism advertisement? The “Malaysia, Truly Asia” one? That was the first thing I said when we left Causeway Link. As soon as the bus entered Malaysia, it felt like home. And, it should be. After all, we Filipinos are of the Malay race.