Friday, April 30, 2010

Bali first with family for Rick's birthday ,then onto Vietnam with Net & Gary

We all travelled to and from Bali at different times .There were 19 of us, all at the same hotel yet doing our own thing but often getting together for a meal. We only had 5 days there but filled those days pretty well. View from room at Santika Hotel Cousins meeting for cocktails
Jo & Riley Around the water tables in Oceans ? restaurant
We eat
Fun with monkeys and baby tiger and elephant.

Back from Bali and Vietnam.

Vietnam. We had a good time but one definitely needs to tour. Shopping is good and cheap but it's not always easy to find one's way. Net's Vietnam (Eyewitness travel ) book helped and so did maps and questions. One still needs to have addresses written down for taxi drivers. It is very much a land of contrasts, sheer poverty, hard working lower classes beautiful hotels, including ours ,the Duxton, good places to eat eg, Jaspers and good places to get food poisoning (Yes Trevor again , on the last day and in the plane!!!!!!!!!),despite all precautions. But he will eat oysters and prawns.(Ate a huge lot on the last night ) I have told him he is not allowed to have a last day in holidays any more. The very anti-American war feeling is still there, even in young people and very evident at War Museum and Cu Chi Tunnels, yet the dollar is much asked for. Mekong cruise was an insight and showed a lot of their culture. The Cao Dai Temple with its very diverse type of religion was a beautiful place to visit. The traffic is still..... the big guy rules and bugger the pedestrian.Some beautiful homes, some disgusting places where no one should have to live . We had a great time but Vietnam really needs to cater much more for the tourist. Gary goes into tunnel A josstick for the grandkids
View from hotel window Nice room , excellent staff, Duxton
Kids drawings, the best part of the war museum Street seller
Houses On footpath near our hotel
Jackfruit tree Bikes carry everything
That lovely temple
Gary inside
The temple, a mix of many religions
The colourful priests
A dangerous trap
Entrance hole
Markets (this one Ben Thanh)
Baby Spoon Cafe near market, such service.
drinks at hotel
Lights for Natinal Day, on the 39th of April
Cashew nut fruits
Fruit & tea tray on Sampan (Mekong)
The lucky eye on ship
making caramel puffed rice
Making rice paper for wraps
Our " luxury??) sampan
floating market
All kids should see these , living on the Mekong canals
Lunch in the Mekong
the elephant ear fish lunch
walking to hotel
Gary, "You buy my shirt?"Saigon square
Nice view from Highlander Coffee, Saigon Centre
Birthday girl at Highlander near Hotel
Butterfly garden at Singapore Changi, Terminal 3.