Hoi An ~ Vietnam

So much has changed since the last time we were here.  Parts of the city are unrecognizable and there are ten times more cars, vans and large tour buses on the narrow roads. The highway leading into Hoi An from Da Nang has been updated and the city of Da Nang is in the process of being built up with ocean front condominiums and high rise buildings. Updated bridges have been built with a modern yellow ark design. The secretRead more

Mekong Delta ~ Vietnam

The trip to the Mekong delta was an organized three day tour with hotel and meals included. We were the only Americans on the trip. The first day started as early as the second and third – at 6:30am.  We started on a boat trip on the Mekong River to see the  Cai Be floating market.  A boat selling fruit pulled up next to ours and we tried a sample of jack fruit which is firm and sweet. The fruitRead more

Melaka Malaysia

Arriving here from beautiful pristine Singapore, I didn’t have high expectations. Melaka is a small city in Malaysia that is recognized by Unesco for the historical buildings left over by the Dutch. The spelling in Malaysia is Melaka but in other countries it’s Malacca.  Some of the buildings are over 500 years old. Most of the buildings have been restored and some have been painted a maroon color by the Malaysians from the stark white color the Dutch originally chose.Read more