Monday, March 12, 2012

Mui Ne Beach and Sand Dunes

I first heard about Mui Ne and the sand dunes in Vietnam from the Clubsnap Forum. So I decided to take the 5-hour bus ride from Ho Chi Minh to check out the Mui Ne beach and sand dunes.

Mui Ne beach, Vietnam
Source: Flickr

I was surprised be the white sandy beach that stretches for miles. And it was the first time I see kitesurfing.

Mui Ne Kitesurfing
Source: Flickr

In fact the Mui Ne beach and the kitesurfing impress me more than the sand dunes.

Source: Flickr

Monday, February 06, 2012

Exploring Vietnam

Next month I am going to Vietnam. The air tickets has already been booked, from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City. At that time when we were sourcing for cheap ticket to Vientnam, Tiger Airways offered the cheapest air ticket to Ho Chi Minh City among all the budget airlines operating from Singapore.

The plan is to arrive HCM City and then plan our onward journey to Danang, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa and etc. Again, we do not have a return ticket and estimate that we will take 2 to 3 weeks for us to visit the 5 or 6 places in central and nothern Vietnam.

Why did we plan to go in March and not earlier?

We are leaving on the second week of March. I guess it is the beginning of spring and we can see the spring flower bloom. February is probably still too cold up in the highlands.

NATAS Travel Fair

Also, NATAS Fair will start on 24 Feb 2012 and we will have to visit the travel fair to take some pictures and find out what are the latest and hotest destinations on offer!

NATAS Fair 2011

Lonely Planet's Road Less Travelled

I have been following the Road Less Travelled TV program produced by Lonely Planet. Unfortunately, Vientnam was not in the list of destinations. Otherwise, I would be able to follow the Lonely Planet's Road Less Travelled trail!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Foot Massage at Siem Reap Night Market

Beside the Khmer food and cheap beer, the one thing I like most about my visit to Siem Reap is the foot massage. There are many massage parlours in Siem Reap, at the Night Market and near Pub Street. Usually, I went to the one inside the Night Market, beside the island bar where you could enjoy an hour of foot massage under the moonlight.

Yesterday, we decided to check out other foot massage near the Siem Reap Night Market before lunch. We were there at about 11am but many shops were closed. So we walked into the one that was opened, Dr Fish Massage, next to the Noon Night Market and opposite Cambodia Gem.

The weather was very hot and we wanted to have our foot massage indoor, in air-conditioned comfort. After the one hour massage, which included both foot massage and shoulder/back massage, I concluded that this place is value for money. The one-hour foot massage costs USD4.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Angkor Wat Sunset

The Jetstar flight was delayed because of the congestion at Changi. We arrived 30 minutes behind schedule. Luckily the immigration and baggage claim was fast. I arranged with the hotel to send us two tuk-tuks, one would take our baggages to the hotel and the other would take us to see the Angkor Wat sunset.

We were lucky and the rain has stopped. The place was not as crowded as I expected, probably because of the recent flooding. We took some photos and left in about 30 minutes.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Traveling Without a Return Air Ticket

I will be embarking on the most adventurous journey in my entire life.

Tomorrow, I am going to Siem Reap with my wife and 2 friends. We will play tour guides to them for their 4 days in Siem Reap. After that, they will return to Singapore and we will proceed to Laos.

People think that I am doing crazy things because I don't have a return air ticket and cannot tell them when I'll be back in Singapore. My plan is to travel from Siem Reap to Laos by bus. I don't know how long it'll take to reach Luang Prabang. I will stop over at Pakse, Vientiane and Vang Vieng. I will be spending 2 to 5 days at each of these towns and make day trips to see the sights, try the local food and meet the people.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Bridge over River Kwai B&W Photo

I've posted some black and white photos (B&W) taken by my German-made Minox GT-E at

Minox GT-E

So if you are into B&W photography, you must go take a look. I've included one of my B&W photo here - not exactly a very flattering shot...

Monday, August 14, 2006

Places Less Travelled

Bridge Over River Kwai

I've just returned from the jungle along River Kwai near Burma-Thailand border - to be exact, I was less than 20 km from the Burma-Thailand on Thailand side...
Jungle Raft at River Kwai

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