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Archive for August, 2011

Ha Long Bay Vietnam

Our professor lives a German motto. The early bird catches the worm what means, if you get up early you can enjoy a longer day and you can see more things. We had to get up very early again and drove to Halong Bay. But it was worth to get up and to drive three hours. Halong Bay is Located in the northeastern part of Vietnam and constitutes part of the western bank of Bac Bo Gulf, including the sea area of Ha Long City and Cam Pha Town and part of Van Don island district. It abuts Cat Ba Island in the southwest. Halong Bay has twice been recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Area for its exceptional scenic beauty and outstanding geological and geomorphic values. We had a wonderful time on board on a very nice traditional boad were we got lunch, drinks and a lot of sun. The only thing what I didn’t like was the kind of dirty water but that didn’t hinder us to jump from the roof into the water for cooling down. We had a great day and got a nice tan and we are sure it was not the last day on this beautiful place.

We want to come back ☺

Posted by Michael Schenk & Philipp Spielbühler

Hoh Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Straight after arriving at Ho Chi Minh City, we started to head out and explore Vietnams biggest city. Ho Chi Minh City, also called Saigon, is Vietnam’s biggest city with 8 million inhabitants. Our first impression: WOW is that city busy. There were motorbikes as far as we could see. There were also hotels, shopping centers and restaurants between all those vendors on the streets that caught our attention. Finally, after seeing all those luxurious cars on the streets we thought that our captain flew to a destination other than Vietnam.

But we were wrong; we really had been in Vietnam. Our conclusion of this city: “COMMUNISM DELUXE”. To us, it really didn’t look like a communist country. All the buildings designed in French architecture, the international banks and upscale fashion labels made us skeptical. But after taking a closer look we also could see the other side of the coin. Both the rich and the poor really do live very close to each other in this amazing city.

On our first day, we headed out straight after getting there, giving us plenty of time to see the city. We took a tourist bus to our first destination – the reunification palace. It was quite interesting to see where their former president, Ho Chi Minh, ruled the country.

The second destination was not as nice as the first since this was a war museum and memorial. But it was still interesting to see the reasoning behind the war from the Vietnamese perspective.

Posted by Michael Schenk & Philipp Spielbühler

Kuala Lumpur

On our third day in Kuala Lumpur, a full day city tour was on our schedule. We left our hotel early – which wasn’t easy for some of us after discovering the nightlife of Malaysia’s capital the night before. But still we were all on time and headed out to see some of Kuala Lumpur’s most beautiful landmarks. We saw amazing memorials such as the war memorial of Kuala Lumpur. But that’s was not all. We also got to explore one of the most beautiful Mosques we had ever seen.

But one of our personal favorites was still yet to come: The tower “Menara Kuala Lumpur”. The Menara is a 421-meter high tower that is located on the pineapple hill in the center of Kuala Lumpur. What is worth mentioning is that the pineapple hill is already 94 meters high so that on the top of the tower we were almost as high as Kuala Lumpur’s highest building: the “Petronas Towers”.

Upon arriving at the top we got a MP3 player. Equipped with this MP3 player we could explore Kuala Lumpur from a remarkable perspective and in addition received helpful information about Kuala Lumpur’s history. And as a highlight we could locate all the places we had been to shortly before.

Generally speaking, we were really surprised about Kuala Lumpur. It is already a well-developed city with all the conveniences of a city in the western hemisphere, where we would even consider living some day.

Posted by Michael Schenk & Philipp Spielbühler