After receiving a full briefing about the trip from the guys at ExploreIndoChina we were all very excited to start the trip. At exactly 8:00am the next morning we were picked up by our guides and a very cool jeep. We set off to the garage where we met our new best friends, the 125CC Minsk. Continue reading “Day 1: The epic Vietnam motorbike trip”
So what is the best way of touring the countryside in Vietnam? A motorbike, without question. But this being Vietnam, you need something simple. Sturdy. Reliable. You need the Kalashnikov among motorbikes. A bike that you can ride on mud, gravel or the street. Something you crash with on the street, get up and just continue riding. You need the Minsk! Continue reading “The Kalashnikov among motorbikes”
Around a year ago I was in Vietnam for the first time . And boy, I was impressed! The food, the people, the shopping. I had to come back. So I did. But this time I visited the North.Since we had a one week break for Chinese New Year I decided to head for Hanoi and the surrounding countryside – on a motorbike! But before we go to the adventurous part, let’s start with Vietnam’s capital.
“Heaven on Earth”, that’s how the Lonely Planet described Angkor Wat. European cathedrals are “nothing compared to Angkor Wat”. To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of European cathedrals. Nice to look, but once you’ve seen one you’ve seen pretty much all of them. Unless you’re an architect or church-addict and can appreciate the fine details. I made a similar experience with temples in Asia. Nice to visit, but after a while you’ve seen them all.
So I was skeptical about Angkor Wat. Can it be that good as everyone says? Is it really “Heaven on Earth”?
I went to visit our office in Taiwan last week. On Friday, I took the HSR train and went from Taichung down south to Taiwan’s oldest city – Tainan. The city has always been on my list of places to go since I first set foot on Taiwan three years ago. But somehow I was never able to make it down south. I was always stuck in Taipei. This time, though, I made it.
And boy was I in for a disappointment.
Have you ever wondered where all those “fake” paintings are from? Paintings you see in five star hotels all over the world. Maybe “fake” is a bit too harsh. Let’s classify them as “replica”. You would be surprised to know that most of them originate from Shenzhen, a city bordering Hong Kong. In fact, the area where they’re all from is just one square kilometer. Continue reading “Where are all the paintings from?”
Hong Kong is THE place for eating and shopping. In fact, I don’t know a second place that has more restaurants and shopping malls on such a small space. For the latter, it’s not hard to find a reason. In a tropical climate with steaming heat it’s just no fun walking through the streets. I much prefer a 20C, spotless clean shopping mall. I love Hong Kong’s nature, but not in a shopping mall. In the capitalist consumption temples I’m only longing for the newest gadgets and my Green Tea Skimmed Milk Latte. But yesterday was somewhat different…
A brilliant video showing Hong Kong in the 1930s. If you’re used to Hong Kong’s 2012 skyline, this video will surprise you.
Two weeks ago I went to a country which is, like China, Communist. At least on paper. If you’re walking along the street’s of Saigon, passing street vendors, LV shops and BMWs you will soon realize that Communism in Vietnam is all but limited to paper. I went to Vietnam expecting something similar to China, but I couldn’t have been further from the truth. This country is amazing. And it’s a food lover’s paradise…. Continue reading “Saigon – Welcome to Food Paradise”