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Not exactly China!

Hong Kong, Pearl of the Orient, City of Life, Asia’s World City – so many names for one city.  A large busy city with impeccable public transportation and quite possibly one of the most vertical cities built.  The center of trade of hundreds of years, a major harbor, and history dating back to nearly 40,000 years ago, and people from every part of the world, Hong Kong is most definitely a sight to see. First off, before I can even get to Hong Kong I have to leave Vietnam.  Up to this point I have not had any issues on my trip, but now as I am going through Vietnam’s immigration to

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Dragons to Dungeons

With as nice as Halong Bay is, it is time to say goodbye and be onwards to Vietnam’s capitol of Hanoi.  Located on the Northern side of the country it used to be separate from the south before the end of the Vietnam war.  Once the American troops pulled out and the north descended upon Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), the separation was cut and the two were merged and reunited to be one country. The road from Halong to Hanoi is pretty boring…not much to see besides other vehicles and small towns.  I saw a few more dog/cat meat restaurants but did not feel the urge to stop and investigate

Do I turn left or right? I’ll go straight!

The more time spent in Ho Chi Minh, the bigger it gets!  Every day leads to a new find, a new place, a new experience.  From the countries history, to the markets, grocery stores, street vendors, mosques and restaurants of all kinds, there is always something to do.  The best way that I like to see a city is to drive around – randomly – and see where the road leads. I ran across a couple mosques today – the biggest one was the Saigon Central Mosque (Masjid Musulman) – close to downtown.  Like most of the mosques here, they are full of arches, domes, intricate designs and they all are painted

Off the beaten path

A trip to Beng Melea was amazing.  This temple is about 70km from Siem Reap.  In my opinion it was one of the more exciting temples because of its natural ruin state, with no cleaning of it or restoration taking place.  The roof stones and any stones that have fallen over the years lay where they fell.  Also, there is little organization as to where you are allowed to walk/go – so its a “free for all” to climb on top of the temple.  I climbed the walls, the fallen roof, made my way to the highest points and back down. There is a walking path if you like to

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Kingdom of Wonder

Cambodia is known as the Kingdom of Wonder. The reason behind this is because of their cultural and natural attractions as well as their people and traditions.  I jumped on a bird from KL to Siem Reap, the home of Angkor Wat and its temples.  A nice 2 hour flight, except for when we encountered some turbulence! This is not uncommon in SEA because of all the storm clouds in the region.  It was like a stomach turning roller coaster – up, down, DROP, down, up. A few people screamed when the plane dropped, we are floating! 😀 Siem Reap is a small airport, but busy.  A lot of travelers come

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Muslim Quarter, Little India, Chinatown and SEA Games?!

Singapore has so much to offer!  Beautiful architecture, organized infrastructure, simple to navigate transportation system, and the people are very nice!  Its no wonder its the most expensive city in South East Asia! My view from the hostel room of the Sultan Mosque, built in 1824! Its currently under restoration but still is open.  They are taking Dontations to help complete the project as well. I started my day getting up way to early and hit the town way to early as well. I quickly realized this city doesn’t wake up until around 11am.  Very few shops open their doors until after that…so you miss a lot of the excitement if you