Blogs from Asia - page 6


Asia » China » Shanghai April 17th 2014

I really can’t say enough about the Shanghai Westin on the Bund. This is a great place to stay and it’s understandable why it is the preferred hotel among our many fellow Viking Cruisers. Our bed is a very comfortable king, and I’ve mentioned the spectacular view from our corner room. The ceiling above the bed is recessed, and that is recessed again above the rest of the room and adjoining bathroom, so immediately it becomes and interesting customized living space and not just some boxy hotel room. I marveled for some time about the circular cut-out design in our granite bathroom floor. The walls and floor and shower are done in an attractive black, white and gray granite with a smooth marble-like look. I next noticed the circular recessed ceiling above the floor design to ... read more
Sparrow wings
Tea House by Yu Garden
Yu Garden

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap April 17th 2014

verzeiht bitte die verspätung…aber nach sieben wochen hat mich asien doch noch vergiftet! das lächerliche daran: ich habe den ganzen gestrigen tag nur westliches essen gegessen…obwohl meine vermutung ist, dass mich das morgendliche thunfisch sandwich in der french bakery in saigon meine magen-immunität gekostet hat! am flughafen hab ich noch an markus' burgerking fries geknappert und nach zwei glorreichen stückchen guter alter rittersport schokolade zu mittag hat mich das unglück ereilt. schön, dass ich so einen liebevollen mann habe, der sämtliche einreise-formulare für mich ausgefüllt und ein tuktuk zum hotel, golden mango inn, organisiert hat. ab diesem zeitpunkt gibt es für mich leider nicht mehr viel zu erzählen, weil ich nur noch das (gott sei dank schöne!) zimmer von innen gesehen habe… was mir allerdings bereits erfreulich aufgefallen ist, ist die tatsache, d... read more

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Koyasan April 16th 2014

As I parted ways with Kyoto, it was a pleasant farewell as I was looking forward to expanding my introduction to Japanese Buddhism. Koyasan was first settled in 819 by a monk named Kukai and is the birthplace of the Shingon sect of Japanese Budhism also known as Esotentric Buddhism. I hopped on the train which began to wind it's way through the mountains. It was nice to get above sea level and as the ceder trees began to line the tracks, it felt a little bit like home. It was cool to see some rural mountain Japanese homes dotted throughout the hills as well. The train reached the end of the line and it was time to ride the cable car up to Koyasan, which was an experience in itself. I managed to find the ... read more
My room
Strolling through Okinuin

Asia » China » Liaoning » Shenyang April 16th 2014

My dear readers; Once again I thought to give you some information about the city I am in. That city is Shenyang of Liaoning province. Shenyang is the largest city in Liaoning as well as Northeast China with a population of a little over 8.1 million people within its administrative area. The city was once known as Shengjing or Fengtian Prefecture. In the 17th century, Shenyang was conquered by the Manchu people and briefly used as the capital of the Qing Dynasty. It also serves as a transportation and commercial hub of Northeast China particularly with Japan, Russia and Korea. The name of the city literally means, ‘The Yang side of the Shen River’. A reference to the Hun River which was formerly known as the Shen River is on the city’s south side. Archaeological findings ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo April 16th 2014

10thApril Colombo, Sri Lanka Another early morning arrival into Sri Lanka, we berthed at their container port and when we got onto the coach for our trip it took about ten minutes just to get to the port gates. Colombo is Sri Lankas capital city and is at the crossroads of the great spice routes where cultures and races have combined for centuries. Sri Lanka (Ceylon) became a British colony in 1802 after being ruled by the Portuguese and latterly the Dutch. Plantations were established (coffee) and was a leading export until destroyed by disease. Tea was introduced and Sri Lanka is now the fourth highest producer in the world. The majority of the country’s earliest inhabitants were Sinhalese from northern India, the Dravidian (Tamil) invasions from southern India caused the Sinhalese to abandon the northern ... read more


Asia April 16th 2014

13thApril Mumbai, India People’s views of India differ whoever you speak too. We have tried to keep an open mind of what to expect in Mumbai. It was always going to be an eye opener. We had opted for not the City tour or Highlights but a trip by boat (another one) to Elephanta Island to the Elephanta caves. More of that later. India’s capital Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is a city of stark contrasts. Modern towers stand next to stately stone colonial buildings from the days of the Raj. Mumbai is a huge commercial capital but a large percentage of its population live in slums without running water or electricity. Begging is prolific and people sleep on the streets amongst rats (dead & alive) and human filth. There are over 12 million people in the city. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 16th 2014

I have been bad and not written things down for a while, so this may not be as in depth as the previous ones, but I will try. After Bali I Flew to KL again for the Future Music Festival Asia. Lissie and Arie were already there and had been to the first 2 days of the festival, I only bought a ticket for the last day as that’s when all the artists I wanted to see were going to be on, also wasn’t sure of the situation, whether I was going to like it or have anyone to talk to etc.. any way I met Lissie and her Swedish friend on the Saturday morning so we could sight see and things before me and Lissie headed to the festival later that day. It was strange ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Coimbatore April 16th 2014

Dislcaimer: This blog entry does indeed go where the title so eloquently infers. With that said, you can turn away now or skip paragraph 5 while reading. Hope you’re not offended, but hey, it is a part of traveling! I landed in Mumbai a little after 4 in the morning and watched daybreak from within the tinted airport windows as I awaited my 10 AM departure to Coimbatore where Adina had been interning at a local hospital for the previous three weeks. Adina and her classmate Lisa, who has been on this internship assignment with her, scooped me up in a taxi from the tiny Coimbatore airport and we were immediately on our way for a weekend trip to the Nilgiris mountain town of Ooty. Quickly the bland urban colors and stale dry heat were replaced ... read more
Hiking in a tea patch
This is the view right out our hotel just outside of Ooty
We were rockstars in India... at least in this part of India.  Maybe its because there's fewer foreign tourists?  We've been getting stopped to take our photos with strangers constantly

Asia » China » Guangxi » Xingping April 16th 2014

Alors pour aujourd'hui résumé de la journée : ceux qui ont mal au genou (Dom eu Gabrielle) vont nous rejoindre en bus un peu plus tard à Xingping, le reste prend le bus jusqu'à Yangdi, il s'agit ensuite de faire une rando jusqu'à Xingping... Jusqu'à là, tout roulait... Bon ce qu'on ne savait pas c'est qu'il fallait prendre un bateau pour traverser le fleuve pour commencer la rando, et sans panneau d'information on a passé pas mal de temps à négocier le prix et à trouver un bateau. On prend deux bateaux en plastique imitation bambou et c'est parti pour une vingtaine de minutes de balade sur la rivière Li pour aller au point de départ. On est tous les 8, plus un chinois qui était dans le même bus et dans notre bateau (il sera ... read more
Vue depuis le bateau en "bambou"
Vue sympa du détour

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 April 16th 2014

ein eher unspektakulärer tag beginnt mit einem activity-frühstück: menü-karten sind in can tho weiterhin nur auf vietnamesisch und auf der straße wird gekauft, worauf der finger zeigt. die auswahl ist erfreulich, auch auf unserer dreistündigen busfahrt von can tho nach saigon missen wir keine toiletten. zurück in der großstadt beginnt die übliche suche nach lunch, die heute etwas mühsam, schlussendlich jedoch erfolgreich ausfällt. mon hue mit markus' geliebten rice cakes (mittlerweile bestellen wir “ri”, nicht “rice”, weil das so hier ausgesprochen wird… vietnam-english!) und super teure ice cream in fanny's. wir machen noch einen abstecher in den financial tower, drehen aber bei den kaffeepreisen im 50. stock schnell wieder um. ich habe keine lust, für einen kaffee soviel zu zahlen, wie uns ein gemeinsames essen kostet…auch nicht, wenn er gleich viel wie in euro... read more
onkel ho
saigon financial district/no1
the art of food

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