15 Days DIY Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand (Part 1 of 3)

Almost half a year since I traveled to Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand with my Mom using this itinerary. It was a 15-days journey, 7 nights in Vietnam, 5 nights in Cambodia, 3 nights in Thailand. I forgot some details of this trip but I would retrieve some important memories, such as the travel agent, restaurant, transportation, and hotels.

Day 1 : Arrived at Saigon Airport at noon. We took the bus that dropped us to the hotel area, Cong Quynh, District 1. After we placed our bags, we asked the receptionist how to go to Saigon China Town, Ben Thanh, and Heritage Walk (Reunification palace, Cathedral). We just needed to walk around 15 minutes to get the bus number 1 to China Town and got the same bus to go back to the hotel and continue to Ben Thanh and Heritage Walk. I stayed at Madam CUC 184 Hotel there. They made us a cup of Vietnamese coffee for breakfast. Very original.

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Day 2 : Cu Chi Tunnel and Saigon City Center.

We booked a tour from the hotel. I forgot the price but it was very affordable. Together with any other tourists and informative tour guide, we explored the Chu Chi tunnel until noon. We arrived at our hotel around 2pm

Day 3 : Moved to Can Tho and join a food tour in the evening & Day 4 : Can Tho Floating Market in the morning (book a tour from hotel) and enjoy the riverside in the evening.

The receptionist gave us direction to take the bus to station where we could get transportation to Can Tho. Can Tho is a small and lazy city. We chose there because we intended to cross the Cambodia border via Chau Doc. The decision was right. We stayed at Hotel Xoai. We joined a food tour at night we arrived and a Mekong floating market tour at the following day. The price was cheap enough since they managed it by themselves. We also hired English-speaking guide. It’s worth the money. The boat captain was very friendly and helpful. We recommended you to give tips for the boat captain even though you have paid the tour. I mean, it’s holiday, right? They also helped us to book the bus (Futa) to Chau Doc. The bus agency picked us up from Hotel Xoai and dropped us right in front of our hotel at Chau Doc. Total service.

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Day 5 : Moved to Chau Doc and relax

Just after we arrived at Chau Doc, we felt happy since our hotel has balcony facing local market. What a view. We walked around at noon at the riverside and enjoy the sunset at Victoria resort. We stayed at Trung Nguyen Hotel there. There was a local restaurant served Chinese-Vietnamese food. So great.

Day 6 : Chau Doc Morning Market and Sam Mountain.

Another lazy city. Nothing much can do. We followed the pace, grabbed a taxi bike to explore the town and book a ride from a local friend, Ms. San, to Sam Mountain. From Sam Mountain, we can see the Cambodia land from Vietnam.

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Next, we got help again from Ms. San to book a speed boat to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We’re ready for the next adventure!

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with Ms. San before boarding off to Phnom Penh

To be continued

Malang: The Ancient Town of East Java

The ancient town in East Java, Malang!

It was a Saturday in September. I caught the train (Bima 44) with a friend from Gubeng Station, Surabaya at 6:25 am to Malang Train station around 8 am. Just after we arrived, we walked around the town square, Alun-alun Tugu. (map)stellycious-malang_tuguIt was a beautiful day with clear sky.

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Malang City Hall

One of recommended places to visit is Tugu Hotel (map). It was actually a hotel run by the successor of the rich man. The story was that he had sugar factories at the old time and marry several girls. If you are interested with some antiques collection, just come to this hotel, buy something from the restaurant, and the tour guide will show you.

After we finished the tour, we walked to Museum Malang Tempo Dulu (map). The entrance fee was 15K. It was worth the penny. It told me the history of Malang from the ancient times, the ages of Dutch and Japan colonialism, around Independence day, until now. It’s a good time spending there.

Coming to Inggil Restaurant (map) for lunch was a brilliant move, as well. It’s located beside the museum and the food was tasty. They also decorated this antique restaurant gorgeously.

Coincidentally, after we had lunch and looked for some snacks, we crossed Kampung Warna Warni, Colourful Village. It’s new and the location was still not registered on google maps when I touched the land. So it was good to find it. The entrance fee was 2K per person. (map)

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Kenjeran Park: Mainstream yet photogenic

Another tourist attraction in Surabaya, Kenjeran Park. Two times I visited this place, I found it very crowded, full of families spent time together, young people having a date, some tourist go here and there. Not really good, but impressive enough for this place is quite photogenic. You can walk from one point to another, but it’s better if you can come with a rental car.

Sanggar Agung Temple (Hong San Tang Temple) map

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People praying. People said that during a full moon, many singles come to pray,- asking for a blessing to get a spouse.

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Mother of dragon

4 Faces Buddha Status (map)

stellycious-surabaya-kenjeran-4The Windmillsstellycious-surabaya-kenjeran-6Across this area, they have a pagoda. However, we could not enter the site since they have been booked for a club gathering.

Suroboyo Bridge

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This is still new.  Officially open on July 9, 2016,

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The sight from above the bridge

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You can have a glimpse of Suramadu bridge

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Sunset view from the bridge

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Jakarta Heritage Trail: Pasar Baroe, Post Office, Jakarta Cathedral

This time, we explore another heritage trail in Jakarta.

Route: Pasar Baroe, Post Office, Jakarta Cathedral, City Tour Bus, Gedung Arsip Nasional, Pasar Baroe

Date of visit: 30 July 2016

Photo captured by : Mark B. Salendu

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Passer Baroe?

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Gedung Filateli and Starbucks Coffee across Pasar Baroe Gate

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me @ Pasar Baroe

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Painting workshops on the way to Post Office

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The Postman @ Post Office Building

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Gedung Kesenian Jakarta – Jakarta Art Building taken when we cross a crossing bridge. There we can see Antara building, originally was the office for the first news agency in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)

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Jakarta Cathedral