Vietnam: Discovering the Caves and Tunnels

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Although we were specializing in doing nothing, we picked up the pace in Vietnam.  It was a whirlwind adventure as we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City via the Mekong Delta.  We were going to spend a couple of days here and figure out how to get north quickly to check out the Phong Nha Caves.  HCMC was definitely a lot more bustling than where we had been previously.

The tourist ghetto in district 1 The tourist ghetto in district 1

My favourite breakfast spot.  Banh sandwiches for breakfast. Yum yum My favourite breakfast spot. Banh sandwiches for breakfast. Yum yum

The last time I was here, I missed out on the Cu Chi Tunnels and decided to not miss them this time round.  Booked a tour which included a stop to workshop where people affected by agent orange are trained to make art out of eggshells.

The work is stunning and time consuming.  I bought a tea set which I'm still waiting for it to arrive in the mail. The work is stunning and time consuming. I bought a tea set which I’m still waiting for it to…

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Cambodia: Pure Relaxation

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I found myself back in Cambodia 2 years later.  This country had not been on the original itinerary as by this time I was supposed to be finishing my travels.  But instead of heading home, I met up with my Russian friend who I’d met in the Philippines.  She was located in Cambodia and I found her and started travelling areas of the south that I hadn’t been to before.

We met up in Kampot a quiet riverside town where we started to perfect the art of doing nothing.  This technique we would perfect in weeks to come.

Sunset over Kampot.  This is one the big things to do in Kampot, see the sunset by boat. Sunset over Kampot. This is one the big things to do in Kampot, see the sunset by boat.

Our amazing bungalow with walls and roof that didn't meet.  Surprising we never met any strange critters there. Our amazing bungalow with walls and roof that didn’t meet. Surprisingly we never met any strange critters there.  The art of doing nothing was born here.

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The Beauty of Auckland

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New Zealand took on a different feel.  I had travelled through here a couple of years ago and the purpose of this visit was not to see places of the country that I had missed the first time around but to visit friends of mine that I had met in London and had moved home.  The pace slowed down as I made one place my home for 3 weeks and I was no longer planning every move but was allowing myself to be a guest and be shown the great city of Auckland.

Auckland is a city that is bordered by coasts on its east and west sides.  You can’t help but relish in the beauty of the beaches.

Beautiful blue ocean with white sand and clear blue skies Beautiful blue ocean with white sand and clear blue skies

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Made us so ecstatic, we just wanted to jump with joy

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Indonesia: A Little Bit of Everything

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In Indonesia, I was going to spend two weeks with my friend, but I first had to spend a little over a week in Bali waiting for him.  I had heard so many things about Bali which I didn’t realize was more of a holiday getaway vacation spot than a backpackers haven.  I quickly left the beaches and went inland to the cultural centre of the island, Ubud.

Ubud was filled with hindu temples, in fact, they were right in people’s front yards.

and beautiful doorways

As the cultural centre, there were many opportunities to see cultural dance

Ubud is also known for its Monkey Sanctuary.

I was in Ubud for the Full Moon.  The Balinese have full moon parties too.

And then my friend arrived

At Sanur beach, excited to be escaping the cold winter At Sanur beach, excited to be escaping the cold winter

Then we headed back inland for more culture

We learned all about luwak coffee…

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Kuala Lumpur: Where Old Meets New

After the Philippines, I headed for a 2 day stopover in Kuala Lumpur

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I had a two night stopover in Kuala Lumpur and had time to visit the city.  I was excited to be here because I couldn’t wait to eat.  Like Singapore, it has a mixture of different cultures and I was looking forward to eating many of my favourite dishes.  As I walked the streets in search of desired dishes, I started to notice how modern certain areas of the city were contrasted with the older parts of the city.  The difference was striking.

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Kuala Lumpur Tower Kuala Lumpur Tower

A view from the Kuala Lumpur Tower A view from the Kuala Lumpur Tower

Streets of Little India

Street food- I learned the essentials of bahasa in KL (nasi goreng, mee goreng, ayam etc)

Petaling Street, China Town Petaling Street, China Town

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I was recommended to drink teh tarik (pulled tea) while here.  It’s called this because as it is being made it looks like the tea is being pulled like a string.

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The Philippines

After China, I headed to the Philippines. The slogan there is It’s More Fun in the Philippines. And it definitely is.

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From China, I said good bye to the cold weather and headed to the Philippines.  I had heard only good things about the Philippines, but for me, I was not used to spending lots of time on beaches and here I was headed to an archipelago.  Would I be totally bored being only at beaches?  Surprisingly, I had an amazing time in the Philippines and I wasn’t at all bored of the beaches.  But first, before I headed to there, I decided to go north on the island of Luzon and visit the rice terraces.

The north was wet and overcast yet it wasn’t the rainy season.  We were warned that it was cold, by Philippines standards.  It was definitely worth the visit.  We made our base in Banaue, a town surrounded by rice fields.

Terraced rice fields reflecting the light. Terraced rice fields reflecting the light.

My Russian friend and I riding on top of a jeepney.  Alright, the jeepney is stationary. My Russian friend and I riding on top of…

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China: Pandas, Karsts and Much Much More

In my last month of traveling, I would sometimes forget that I started my travels in China. But as I looked through my photos, I couldn’t understand how I ever forgot.

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I decided that I wanted to visit China again.  The first time I went there, I sacrificed the province of Sichuan for the warmer province of Yunnan.  I felt that I had to return to see the parts that I had missed.  After visiting, I still feel that China deserves another visit.  I really enjoyed this trip there.  I didn’t rush through, so I had the time to savor every city that I visited to the fullest.  I’ve had a hard time narrowing down my photo selection.  Enjoy.

First stop in Sichuan was to Chengdu.  On day number 1, I was supposed to take it easy but instead ended up traveling to Leshan to see the 71 metre high, 1200 year old Grand Buddha and surrounding temples.  My wide angle was not wide enough to be able to get all of the buddha in a picture.

The Grand Buddha The Grand Buddha

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