2 week holiday with my sister from the south of Vietnam to the north and back again.
  • Day16

    From Dubai to Amsterdam

    May 17, 2019 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    2) Emirates
    flight EK147 2019 08:05-13:15
    from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)《5160 km》

    When we landed at Schiphol we had to search for the shuttle bus to take us to the Bastion Hotel at Hoofddorp. Here we could recover from what you might call a turbulent ending of our two week Vietnam holiday.Read more

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  • Day16

    Dubai International Airport

    May 17, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    2) Emirates
    flight EK147 2019 08:05-13:15
    from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)《5160 km》

    Who would have thought we would also get to Dubai on our Vietnam holiday? We certainly did not. It looked like a second holiday, an encore. And what a beautiful one it was going to be! Beautiful airplane, nicely dressed, very friendly stewardesses and stewards and a well organized journey (boarding). Excellent care concerning food and drinks on board. In short, an excellent and very comfortable flight. Anneke and I were seated next to each other on the flight to Dubai. We were told at departure that we would not be seated next to each other on our next flight, the one from Dubai to Amsterdam, but that it could be resolved over there on the spot, and that's exactly how it went. I sat at row 69 and Anneke at row 74, but after take off from Dubai Anneke could come and sit next to me. At Dubai Airport we were astonished by the many beautiful shops and waiting facilities for tourists. It looked all so luxurious. I pulled some more dollars from an ATM to be able to buy something to drink and to eat. It certainly was not cheap here. A cup of tea (6 USD) and a cup of coffee (8 USD). We could also compete to win a BMW. We just had to buy a ticket of 'only' 139 USD. We decided not to. We bought some Dubai souvenirs and went to a restaurant close to our gate before continuing our flight to Amsterdam. It was a very nice experience to have been at this airport.Read more

  • Day15

    From Ho Chi Minh City to Dubai

    May 16, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    2) Emirates
    flight EK393 23:55-04:15
    from Tan Son Nhat International Airport at Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Dubai International Airport (DXB)《5620 km》

    Back at Coen and Loc's we tried to figure out a solution for our missed flight(s) and luckily we did find one. We could fly the same evening with Emirates. We booked and printed out the tickets and went back to the airport again. At the airport we had no problems this time. They could find our booking in their computer system and we felt so relieved at that moment. We bought our last Vietnam souvenirs at the tax free shops and boarded for Dubai in stead of Guangzhou.Read more

  • Day15

    Ho Chi Minh City

    May 16, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    1) China Southern
    flight CZ374 15:40-19:30
    from Tan Son Nhat International Airport at Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) to《1540 km》

    1) China Southern
    flight CZ307 May 17, 2019 00:05-06:45
    from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)《9160 km》

    We did some last shopping and went back to Coen and Loc's house. Then the time to say goodbye came. We weighed our suitcases one last time just to be sure we won't get any trouble due to overweight and said goodbye to Coen and Loc and Loco and went to the airport of HCMC to fly back to Holland. At about 12:15 we arrived there. We looked for the right counter to check in and then the trouble started. There seemed to be a problem with the flight from China to Holland. The seats on the plane from China to Holland were not confirmed and fixed to our names and they couldn't change that in the computer system. They told us we still had enough time to solve this problem. We just had to phone with the company where we had booked our flight. We were flabbergasted. We couldn't reach the company by phone because of the time difference with Vietnam. The offfice was still closed at that moment. When we tried the emergency number we only heard music playing! We tried to reach them via internet, but we had no connection at the airport at the front desk. We had to walk to a restaurant nearby the front desk in order to get a wifi connection. But we couldn't change the seat allocation ourselves either. Panic came looking around the corner. What could we do now? We kept going back and forward to the front desk of China Southern Airlines to explain that we couldn't get in contact with the office in Holland no matter how hard we tried and they kept telling us they couldn't help us with this. Time passed by and we missed our flight. We decided to go back to Coen and Loc to find any solution.
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  • Day14

    Ho Chi Minh City

    May 15, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We came to the house of Coen and Loc, but it was all locked up and it seemed that no one was at home. Just as we wanted to leave again there was some activity and they unlocked their home. We were happy to see them again but at the same time we realised we were back in busy HCMC. Not only busy traffic at the streets but also motors driving through the small alley where Coen and Loc live at. At dinner we were served some typical Vietnamese food, Loc baked some sausages for me and we spent the evening at their home watching a video of the marriage between Coen and Loc some years ago. We agreed to visit the market and the house of the Loc's mother tomorrow before going to our beds.Read more

  • Day14

    From Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City

    May 15, 2019, South China Sea ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    There is plenty building activity in Ho Chi Minh City. Here they are constructing a new bridge. Very high above the river. Very impressive to see.