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.
During our trip to Thailand, I was determined to visit the two most popular UNESCO World Heritage sites because they were accessible by different modes of transportation. Having already explored Ayutthaya with my siblings and husband, only Sukhothai remains on my to-check out list. After a week exploring Bangkok, on a Saturday morning, my husband and I ate our last breakfast at the Station Cafe, checked out, and took the earliest special express train to Phitsanulok.
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.
I have to apologize beforehand if you won’t see any traditional Melakan food in this entry. Melakan food is a must-try, many say. And I have actually prepared a list of where to eat already. But, unfortunately, Melaka, as a city, was a sight to behold and I was just mesmerized by it all that I forgot about the list. My sister, however, already requested months before our travel date that we eat at Nando’s, so I placed that at the top of our must-dos in Melaka. Anyhow, despite the absence of tasting real Melakan food, I think we had a great time in the wonderful city in terms of food.
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.
The road to Melaka was easy. As I’ve mentioned here, I booked our bus tickets through Redbus.sg and used my BDO debit card to pay for the tickets. I choose to book our tickets with Redbus because I noticed they were giving 20% discount for all ticket purchases. Even if its just a few dollars, it’s still savings.
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.