24 Mar 2016

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam 2016




Three of us chartered a boat to relax and enjoy the amazing Ha Long Bay in North Vietnam. This is one of our most cherished stops in Southeast Asia. It has an amazing unique beauty to it with over 1,600 islands rising sharply from the sea.


Since 1994 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.




The islands are made from limestone and many are hollow, creating interesting caves.





Historical research surveys have shown the presence of prehistorical human beings in this area tens of thousands years ago.


In 2012, New 7 Wonders Foundation officially named Halong Bay as one of New Seven Natural Wonders of the world.

23 Mar 2016

Hoi An, Vietnam 2016



Hoi An is a beautiful city just south of Da Nang. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 









22 Mar 2016

Crystal Serenity Dinner


Somehow I ended up having dinner with seven beauties. All are lawyers; five are from Guatemala. Sweet. 

20 Mar 2016

Mekong local day, Vietnam 2016



From Saigon we took an all day back road trip to really see how local rural people are living these days. Virtually nothing has changed.

We stopped at Go Cong local market. It was jammed and we were the only Caucasians in sight. They loved us taking their pictures.

The little chickies are sold to produce fresh eggs.





Many of the fish are in water and still splashing.





We drove to Tan Hoa motor scootering through remote farm villages.





Rice is the main crop, but there has been much devastation since China continues damming the river upstream.



We visited goat farms.





We saw duck farms.





We even saw bird's nest farms.  Bird's nest soup is made using the nests from the swiftlet bird, whose nests are made from its own gummy saliva which hardens when exposed to air.





After we took a boat ride on the Mekong River.






Then it was a small sampan ride on the Amazon-like Tan Thach creek.





Finally it was a late, lovely, local lunch and back to the ship. Probably it was a bit more upscale than the locals usually eat.Great day.

Everything was arranged for us by Water Buffalo Tours. I recommend.


13 Mar 2016

Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium


We love aquariums and have been to many around the world. Here we visited S.E.A. Aquarium, the world’s largest. Their numbers: