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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh November 15th 2010

Geo: 11.5588, 104.917My flight from Bangkok was again smooth with Air Asia and on time. I arrived at Phnom Penh from Bangkok in the afternoon. Visa On Arrival for Cambodia Visa on arrival was simple as I had downloaded, printed / filled the form and attached my passport picture as well before I set off from London. They do give you a form on the flight to fill in case you have forgotten to print the form but do bring 2 passport pictures and also $20 for the Cambodian visas or they do accept the card. I was pleased I had done my homework well and I chilled on the flight while other passengers on flight were fumbling for pens in the middle of naps. At the Phnom Penh airport the visa stamping process takes 10 ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh November 15th 2010

Geo: 11.5588, 104.917 Planning the Trip You can get lot of more details and ideas for planning your trip from these sites.… After picking up my luggage, I went outside to see Roy, the tuk tuk driver waiting for me, the traffic was crazy and motorbikes were coming from all places but it was very interesting ride. When I reached hotel which is middle of nowhere, I was not happy with my room no 3 on hotel "252" as it was on ground floor near the pool. Being a solo female, I had to close the curtains otherwise people can see my room and I did mention this to the hotel Manager but he did nothing. I had chosen this hotel for its good ratings on Tripadvisor. This is one hotel on my whole ... read more
Phnom penh
Phnom penh
Phnom Penh

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok November 14th 2010

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521The Third day I visited the Grand Palace and Wat Po which is magnificent. How to get to the Grand Palace I took the Chao Phrya express ferry -Orange Flag from Si Phrya pier, which was next to my hotel to Tha Chang but you can take BTS to Saphan Taksin and walk less then 5mins to take the Chao Phrya express ferry - Orange Flag to Tha Chang # 9 for 15 Bahts. Here is the timetable for the ferry :…timetable Beware of Scams : Grand Temple, Tuk Tuk & Jewellery Scams It is a short walk from the pier to the Grand palace and on the way if you meet anyone who says the palace is closed do not believe them even if they are in smart uniform or about the ... read more
Dress Code for Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Grand palace

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok November 13th 2010

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521 Next day I decided to go to Nonthaburi instead of Ayutthaya as I wanted to take it easy and relax in Bangkok, I took the Chao Phrya express boat from Si Phrya pier which is next to Royal Orchid Sheraton. There were many locals on the boat going to Nonthaburi, the Thai's have great respect for Monks and the Monks have separate sitting areas in the Chao Phrya express boat. The ferry ride was nice and it stopped at few stops on the way, the river boat is good way of seeing places in a different angle, I walked around the town, market and got fresh flower garland. The market was buzzing on Saturday morning, there were many sea food restaurant and street hawkers in Nonthaburi. I bought some cakes and loaves of ... read more
View from the Ferry
Thai dancer
Erawan shrine

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok November 12th 2010

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521 Next morning, I had the flight to Bangkok the Golden Sun Car came to pick me up and we passed the lake early in morning with lot of people were exercising there and it was a very interesting ride. I really loved Hanoi and next time I will return, I will do Sapa as well.The flight from Hanoi to Bangkok was smooth and 20 mins early, apart from filling a Arrival /Departure form there was no headache of Visas in Bangkok and No Visa stamp of whole page of passport. Thank goodness..It was 11 am at the Bangkok airport and the immigration was quick but we had a long wait for our baggage and I changed the left over Yaun into Bhat while I was waiting for the luggage at the exchange booth ... read more
My hotel room desk
Wat Arun
view of the Chao Praya river from my hotel room

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi November 11th 2010

Geo: 21.0243, 105.855 Normal 0 The Ha Long bay bus brought us back In Hanoi at 4 pm again the Golden sun was fully booked and they asked me to wait for some time but then they put me in the Golden Sunrise on Hang Hanh Street. After this they did bend over backwards to make me comfortable, the Staff were brilliant. I went for a walk to the Hoan Kiem Lake which is 5 mins from the hotel. There is legend about a story about King Le Loi who with his legendary god sword drove the Chinese away. The legendary sword was claimed by the big golden turtle in this lake, the golden turtle resides in Ngoc Son Temple. The lake is ... read more
Ngoc Son temple
Girls on the bridge of Hoan Kiem lake
Temple garden

Asia » Vietnam November 10th 2010

Geo: 14.0583, 108.277 After some research I decided to take the deluxe cruise with Huong Hai junk to Ha Long Bay as the Huong Hai junk has a single cabin, which costs less for solo traveller and also I liked the itinerary, this is a mid range cruise.My first impressions of Ha long Bay was Wow !!! Just Amazing... The itinerary included visit to Sung Son cave, which was magnificent, Nature at its best. Trek to Titov mountain had panoramic views of the Bay. People with more energy could do the trek and swim as well. The two Swiss guys in our group managed to do both. Later they also did kayoing.The junk was really nice and we were 11 people in total on the Junk. While we were waiting in the harbour, I noticed that ... read more
My junk on the cruise
Ha long Bay
Sung sot cave with guide

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi November 9th 2010

Geo: 21.0243, 105.855Next morning I woke up early and after shower I walked around the narrow streets in the old quarters, near the cathedral which were perfectly safe for a lone woman walking alone. I had done the necessary research about if I could walk alone by myself and I had been reassured that it was safe to do so in Hanoi. I did not carry any valuables/ bling and watched the sunrise which was really nice. I could not take the pictures as I left the camera at the hotel. A little later, the staff from Golden Sun Lake came to pick me up on motorbike for breakfast at Goldensun lake on the ninth floor with the view of the Hoan Kiem Lake. The ride on the motorbike was an experience, manoeuvring in the mad, ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi November 8th 2010

Geo: 21.0243, 105.855Visa on Arrival for Vietnam by AIR at Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi or Da Nang airport At Beijing Airport, the Vietnam airlines do check to see if you have the Visa Approval letter. You can get this letter either through your hotel or a travel agent which cost about $14-20 and it takes about 2 weeks by email. I got mine with Golden Sun hotel in Hanoi and I brought printed copy of the visa approval.I arrived at Hanoi airport early in the evening and I was pleased I had all the visa documents ready I had downloaded the visa on arrival form, filled it and attached it with my passport picture. I also kept $25 handy for the visas with the printed visas approval form. The whole process took 5-10 minutes at Hanoi ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi November 8th 2010

Geo: 21.0243, 105.855 Day 4: I got up late as I could not sleep with the water leaking in the bathroom at night. After breakfast I headed off to the Temple of Peace, taking bus 814, at the corner of my hotel. The temple is magnificent with a vast park, I took subway back to the hotel and headed straight to the airport by taxi for my flight to Hanoi. The taxi was on meter and it cost me 110 yaun with the tip. I had a brilliant time in Beijing and met some wonderful people, I am glad that I did this holiday Independently. It was much more fun and exciting, the best thing is that I could do it at my pace.At Beijing Airport, the Vietnam airlines do check to see if you have ... read more
Hanoi city at night

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