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What once started as a message to my friends & family back home did become this travel-blog "Walking in The Footsteps of Chang Noi" that was rebranded to what this travel-blog has become .....Traveling 2 Thailand. And as being a modern elephant you can find him also on Facebook at Traveling 2 Thailand. And well what is all this information without a map? So I also created a Google Maps at Traveling 2 Thailand Map
And what once started as a reminder for myself of what hotels & restaurant I did go a new travel-blog was born "Hotel & Restaurants in South East Asia" that was later split and dedicated as Reviews of Hotels & Resorts in Thailand and Reviews of Restaurants & Coffee Shops in Thailand. And together they can be found on Facebook at Hotel.Restaurant.Reviews.Thailand As I am a motorbike rider I needed information about motorbike shops and that lead to the website Big Motorbike Shops in Thailand. And of course to be found on Facebook at Big.Bike.Shops.Thailand. And well what is all this information without a map? So I also created a Google Maps at Big Motorbike Shops in Thailand.
While coming to live in Nan in North Thailand I found out that most travel information about this wonderful province of Thailand is in Thai. So I created a new website Destination Travel Guide NanAnd of course also to be found on Facebook at Traveling 2 Nan - Thailand. And well what is all this information without a map? So I also created a Google Maps at Traveling 2 Nan - Thailand.
Update :You can also find Traveling 2 Thailand at Twitter and Instagram.
Sorry I stopped with all that social media .... focusing my time on living and traveling instead!
Traveling back from Saigon to Bangkok I did fly with Air Asia to Don Muang International Airport. I had a smooth flight, although we were a bit delayed already when leaving. And also most of the arrival was smooth. First a transfer bus from the airplane to the arrival gate. Then to immigration. In the airplane I had received my Arrival & Departure card that in Thailand is still used and still old fashioned has to be filled-out by hand (actually wondering what the use is of this arrival card). But as I did not have a pen with me I thought "I will do that just before immigration". Wrong!
Although just before immigration are desk where you can fill-out your Arrival & Departure card there are NO pens. And of course the nearby exchange boots are not going to borrow you one. I was lucky that a fellow traveler did just give me his pen. For the rest immigration was a breeze. Although only 50% of the counters were open it took me about 10 min to get thru immigration. And tha…
While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did stay for 1 night at the TTC Hotel in Can Tho, conveniently located right along the Can Tho River. A great location to explore the riverside and Can Tho town. Of course all rooms have air-conditioning, mini-bar, free drinking water, private bathroom with shower, private balcony and TV. The hotels offers a great breakfast buffet, restaurant for lunch & dinner, a swimming pool and a kind of casino. Be aware that if you have a room at the riverside you might hear some music or people in the begin of the evening as the riverside is a bit busy in the evening. For more information see TTC Hotels Can Tho.
Right next to the hotel is a supermarket and ATM. About 500m to the right at the old Municipal Market is a wonderful open-air seaside restaurant serving Vietnamese and Western food. The latter is highly recommended.
While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did make a 2 days / 1 night side trip to the Mekong Delta to visit Ben Tre and Can Tho. And in the early morning I made this photo from my room at TTC Hotel in Can Tho, overlooking the riverside. With a population of 1.251.809 people in 2017 Can Tho is not a small place. Originally Can Tho was just a harbour place as transit point in the Mekong Delta but nowadays more and more tourists are flocking to Can Tho to enjoy & experience the local way of life in the Mekong Delta. Can Tho town along the riverside is very popular with Vietnamese tourists. The new life of Can Tho is thanks to the building of new bridges over the many rivers in the Mekong Delta as in the old days you could only reach places here by boat. For more information about Can Tho see Can Tho Tourisme.
While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did make a 2 days & 1 night side trip to the Mekong Delta to visit Ben Tre and Can Tho. And in Ben Tre 1 made a small boat trip over de small canals of the Mekong Delta. In between I stopped at a small traditional noodle factory where a local family is still producing noodle the old fashioned way. And that involves a lot of manual work. Next time you are eating noodle think about that!
While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did make a 2 days / 1 night side trip to the Mekong Delta to visit Ben Tre and Can Tho. And on the way I did cross the mighty Mekong River that starts in China and passes Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and ends in Vietnam. My favourite river in Asia!
While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did stay 3 days in Saigon and found Le Duy Grand Hotel a great hotel to stay in Saigon. Not located in the tourist area but in the real local Vietnamese streets of Ho Chi Min City. Staff was always smiling, friendly and service minded. All rooms have private bathroom with bathtub with shower, TV, air-conditioning, mini-bar and free drinking water. The hotel offers a small swimming pool and a great breakfast buffet. And although hardly used the hotel has a rooftop garden on the 13th floor from where you have a great sunset view (but take your own drinks with you). Highly recommended! For more information see Le Duy Grand Hotel Saigon.
Near the hotel are ATM's, banks, restaurants, supermarket and a few pubs. Beer lover should have a look at Bia Craft Artisan Ales (about 500m from the hotel). About 100m from the hotel is Highlands Coffee, Vietnamese biggest coffee chain and serving besides coffee also cakes and snacks. Opposite of the hotel …
While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did stay at the Le Duy Grand Hotel in Saigon and they have a lovely, hardly used, rooftop. I love sunsets and this photo was taken from the rooftop of my hotel overlooking Saigon city.
In the past weeks you have (might) been following my footsteps while traveling 3 weeks Relaxed in Vietnam. My journey in Vietnam started in Hanoi and ended in Hoi Chi Min City. And I did visit all the highlight of Vietnam like Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue, the famous tunnels from the Vietnam War, the Mekong Delta and finally Saigon. In hindsight the distance traveling from Hanoi to Saigon is huge and sometimes I did get the feeling that I was just traveling to get to Saigon. While it should be about the journey, not the distance travelled. So I would advice to just visit North or South Vietnam and travel more intensive in that area. Or take the train or airplane and skip a big part from going from North to South.
I started in Hanoi and travelled via Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Dong Hoi, Hue, Hoi An, Qui Nhon, Nha Thrang, Phan Thiet to Saigon. See Route Hanoi 2 Phan Thiet on Google Maps. From Phan Thiet I travelled to Saigon and made the next day a day-trip to the famous Cu Chi…
While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did stay at the Seagull Hotel in Qui Nhon and I took this photo from the hardly used rooftop. Just because I like shots like this. I hope you also like it. Actually weird that I was the only once who did find its way to the rooftop.