It is time to share another travel adventure !
Vietnam was a place I a place in South East Asia I have always wanted to visit. So one day, I made an impromptu booking over the internet, threw in some T-shirts and jeans into my bag and off I went.
I picked Ho Chi Minh City as I am particulary interested to visit come remnants of the fallen Saigon from the Vietnam War (like the Presdential Palace, Rex Hotel etc) as I had previously made some in depth studies into the conflict before.
That aside, I picked the relatively new Nikko Saigon Hotel for my stay. Though it may be a bit far off from the city center in District 1, but hey the facilities there are great !
More photos coming up next but these are the photos I took of the Saigon night scene:
Over drinks on Friday, a friend of mine shared how her travel mates and were able to constantly upload their photos on Facebook on the go without incurring bill shocks for her data roaming , bringing an extra phone or the need to change SIM card. (I noticed she has been uploading a lot of photos in every key destination she went).
Apparently, she got herself a Mifi (mobile wireless router). She would then purchase a data plan SIM card in each of the country she went to. When it is time to mass upload the photos on their social media profiles, she would switch on the mifi and all her travelmates would tap on the wireless access to do what they need on their mobile phones.
Furthermore, the mifi can be used for wireless access on laptops and tablets back in the hotel.
Now that is a good idea ! I might get a mifi router myself.
If you are a first time visitor to Shanghai, you might want to do that too.
If you are a football fan and you are in Seoul, you MUST visit the Seoul World Cup Stadium. There a dedicated metro station at the suburb which is about 30 mins from the city center. It was the stadium that hosted the France vs Senegal match in World Cup 2002.
I made my way there and was treated to some wonderful hospitality from an elderly groundsman who gave me a personalised commentary on the stadium and invited me to come back to watch a match on the very same night. I was given free access to almost all parts of the stadium like the locker rooms, press room, meeting rooms etc.
In the stadium was also a museum, with a host of memorabilia from previous World Cups like match balls and jerseys.
Without futher ado, these are the photos I took that day:
I woke up early to head to Lotte Hotel for the bus trip to the DMZ. On the way to the DMZ, I made a new friend with passenger seated beside me. He is actually an English teacher from London bringing his visiting parents to the DMZ.
Like me, they missed out on the full package as they did not know that a five day advance booking is needed to visit Freedom House. Incidentally, that day it was his father's birthday. He is a Sunderland fan, so we talked about football through parts of the journey.
Special thanks to MH and hubby!
They decided to be gracious hosts and offered to bring me out to dinner and a tour of Seoul. There are no better ways to explore the city than for locals to show you around. I readily agreed.
They kindly picked me up from my hotel and we proceeded to MyeongDong for dinner. For ladies, this is the place to go for shopping for fashion and comestics.
After dinner, I was whisked off to Nam Sang area for desserts.
After purchasing my tickets, I decided to explore the surrounding areas of the Lotte Hotel.
I stumbled upon Cheonggyecheon River which is a 8.4km creek which cuts across the downtown area. The river was featured in many tourism magazines and at night, there are laser shows to accentuate the area.
This place was on my list of places to go but I got there without any formal planning! Being a hot day, I saw many people taking off their shoes and soaking their feet in the river. I did that too.
On the way back to the hotel I also dropped by a cafe call Cafe Bene for some waffle and milk tea. It went instantly into my list of favourite cafes around the world. I soon found from a friend that Cafe Bene is one of the newest, mpost popular and fastest growing cafe chains in Korea.