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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat June 25th 2009

It is referred to as “Le Petit Paris” although we thought it looked much more like Switzerland. Regardless, Dalat is a little slice of Vietnamese Nirvana at 4,425 feet above sea level in the Central Highlands region of the country. It is refreshingly cool and dry, with average summer temperatures hovering around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. When we arrived in Dalat, we had an overwhelming sense of relief to be out of the oppressive heat and humidity of the lowlands. We were dumbstruck to see the locals in winter hats, gloves, and parkas at night when the temperature dropped to a chilly 65 degrees F!!! Dalat’s charm is not just in its cool temperatures. As the official “honeymoon capital” of Vietnam, the city is literally brimming with the most spectacular, brilliantly colored flowers we have ever seen. ... read more
Dalat Flower Park
Dalat Crazy House!
Pool Hall - Dalat

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Kien Giang » Phu Quoc Island June 14th 2009

Note: We've had a little trouble getting our blog to everyone we wanted it to go to. Sorry if this is the first time you are receiving notification about our blog. We have two previous ones that can be viewed from this website. Our four day visit to Saigon included a visit to the Reunification Palace, which was the home of the South Vietnamese president until April 30, 1975 when Saigon fell to the North and the Liberation Army crashed through the gates with their tanks. We also toured the War Remnants museum where we saw pictures of the profound horrors that took place during the “American War.” We walked around that museum in shock and disbelief that this country could be so utterly ignorant to repeat all the same monumental mistakes time and time again. ... read more
Cu Chi Tunnels
Sunrise on the Mekong River
Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Can Tho June 13th 2009

During our stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Joe and I visited the Cao Dai (pronounced “cow dye”) Great Temple in the city of Tay Ninh, located about 2 hours northwest of HCMC on the Cambodian border. The temple was an extraordinary experience of architecture, sculpture, color, sound, and spirit. Our small tour bus arrived at the Cao Dai Holy See (the complex which houses the temple, administrative offices, residences, and a well known hospital of traditional Vietnamese herbal medicine) around 11:30 a.m., just in time for us to observe the noon prayer session - one of 4 daily ceremonies that all devotees attend (the others are at 6am, 6pm and midnight). Cao Daism is a fusion of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, native Vietnamese spirituality, Christianity, Islam, and “a dash of secular enlightenment.” The term “Cao Dai” ... read more
The Third Eye
Inside the Cao Dai Temple
Temple Adornments

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City June 3rd 2009

Welcome to Joe and Nancy’s Southeast Asia blog. We're calling our little adventure “The Re-humanization Tour.” Thanks to the graciousness and generosity of our good friends, Sandy Sands and Constance Wise, our trip got off to a fine start at 3:30 am on Wednesday May 27 (Joe’s birthday). After about 24 hours of travel, we arrived in the very cosmopolitan and technologically sophisticated city of Hong Kong, China and rode a high-speed train from the airport to Hong Kong Island. We spent three fascinating days in the city giggling at the funny food (egg and macaroni soup for breakfast!), looking up in awe at the amazing number of skyscrapers crammed into the hillside of that small island, and walking by countless vendors of stinky dried fish. Some of the highlights of our visit included: 1) enjoying ... read more
Hong Kong Skyline
Lian Tan Buddha
Dim sum at the Hue Lueng Tea House, Hong Kong

North America » United States » Colorado » Denver May 18th 2009

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