Royal Dokmaideng Hotel
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28 days World Challenge Vietnam/Laos expedition 2014
I arrived from Cambodia to Saigon overland and felt immediately taken by this bustling, energetic city with offers a mix of colonial and modern architecture hat reminds me of Shanghai. Walking along the river, I felt myself transported to the Huang Pu River in Shanghai. Saigon offers the tastes and smells of a multi-cultural city and is probably the ...
... quite taxing since the sun was scorching hot when it was directly over our heads. Once finished and drenched in my own sweat we were approached by some young girls on bikes that said they would give a manicure and pedicure and massage for 20000 kip ($2.25) for an hour. Now I'm not one of those foo foo's that goes and gets this spa treatment back in the states but I decided that anyone who was willing to give this treatment to a sweat soaked man deserved the couple of bucks. But boy ...
... all of them nice to walk around as each had individually unique features but mostly were similar in their style. Some of the main temples were closed and some you could go inside. Many of the temples were also cemeteries as there were burial plots around the walls of the temple grounds - some in walls with engravings but others had a small monument. I spent some time around each of the temples before grabbing some lunch then headed back to the hostel for a break and ...
... thus it was that every other stall appeared to have someone with a microphone yelling at the top of their voice, often accompanied by deafeningly loud music, presumably in an attempt to extol the virtues of the products they were selling. The problem was that these products were not, by definition, as 'fun' as their vendors were trying to make out; how much can one equate washing detergent to explosive fun?! Some store holders, lacking the necessary sound ...
... was time for lunch – we had Italian. It was brilliant. Proper Pizzas and Pasta and for a salad, and gelato afterwards it cost us the princely sum of £4. And it was air conditioned!!!
At the Presidential Palace we saw some monks walking passed and got them in the shot. We decided whilst this was an amazing shot, it would have been better if the monks were holding the kittens on a Royal Enfield, whilst going passed the ...