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  • Day25

    Golden Buddha Sukhothai Traimit

    October 23, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    First stop in Bangkok was the golden Buddha temple which is located by Chinatown. The roads are very busy but fortunately as it's Sunday the roads are a little better. We were supposed to visit the grand palace but due to the kings death it was changed.

    The Buddha itself is 18 carat gold and was hidden during the wars of the previous centuries as it was covered in plaster. It weighs approx 5.5 tonnes and is over 700 years old. A truly grand temple and surrounding area.
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  • Day25

    Arrival in Laem Chabang

    October 23, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    After another day at sea we arrived in Laem Chabang which is one of Thailand's major ports. As we have a Bangkok tour booked we had to wake up early to get our tour which has a travel time of 2.5 hrs to get there.Read more

  • Day23

    Vietnam

    October 21, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌬 31 °C

    So after a few days at sea we have arrived in Vietnam and is cloudy but very hot. Today we opted for doing the city on our own. The port is over an hour from Ho Chi Minh city so we first disembarked and boarded buses into the city. After wandering to the market we successfully found bargains here.

    The market is hit and sweaty but crammed with stalls and local craft. The crowds of locals and tourists come to shop

    As we were leaving the Ben Thanh Market we were wandering around and found a beautiful place for lunch called Bep Me In, we had done stunning local spring rolls, beef noodle and beef skewers.

    We continued wandering and explored many areas while avoiding scooters, it's amazing how easy it is to cross the road given the mayhem, we would have liked to see more but the heat meant we were forced to seek beer and wifi

    Next stop Bangkok
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  • Day20

    Hong Kong Fury

    October 18, 2016 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    After 2 days at sea we spent last night with a very rocky boat and upon waking this morning the Hong Kong port was closed. We sat out in open water for half of today before finally getting to the dock at around 5pm. By the time customs checks and port clearance were complete we only made the city at around 6pm.

    It's still very wet with another Typhoon inbound for the end of the week but we are exploring the city by night and enjoying an authentic mall with dumplings and lots of variety.

    We have to be back on the boat by midnight so it's a very busy evening ahead, it's so wet we didn't even take the nice camera with us

    Link to today's photos
    https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B0ook--9EVO4LS1yTnFrRnN6NTQ
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  • Day17

    A day in Shanghai

    October 15, 2016 in China ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We joined the tour with our guide Tony and the driver, Master Wong. He is called Master, because you have to be a master to negotiate the Shanghai roads.

    The first stop of the tour was the Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art. The shape of the building is a square base with a round top attached with arches like a bronze Ding (which is an ancient cooking vessel) indicating the ancient Chinese philosophy of the universe that the earth is square while the sky is round.

    We saw bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, jade and costumes.

    Next stop was the Jade Buddha Buddhist temple. The Buddha is carved from white jade.

    We then went for lunch in downtown shanghai at the sea palace floating restaurant which consisted of a yum cha style lunch.

    After lunch we stopped at the Jin Mao Observatory 88 which is a very high tower that swings a little in the wind. It is the biggest sightseeing hall in China, with a height of 340.1 metres. The elevator runs at 9.1m/s and takes 45 seconds to rise to the 88th floor.

    After the Jin Mao Tower, we went through a tunnel under the sea which is two levels, one level is for cars and buses and the other level is for trucks heading towards the Yu Gardens.

    We saw a three fingered dragon. A real dragon is 5 fingers.

    Around the Yu Gardens were many market stalls and shops with lots of approaches from pushy sales people selling tea, watches, bags and other electronic gadgets. We were sick of them not leaving us alone.

    The last stop of the tour was the shanghai silk museum where we saw what the silk worms produce to then make blankets.

    We drove through the Bund on the way back to the ship. The Bund was named that after the 1840 opium war by the indians.
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