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Trip Report Sweltering in Saigon.

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We are currently in our home from home of Ms Yangs Homestay in Saigon. This is our fourth stay here and it really does feel like home. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a budget option in Saigon location in District 3, 10 mins walk to the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum, 20 mins to Notre Dame. Plenty of good eating places close by. The Giang sisters have become good friends over the years and it is really great to see them again.

As it is a low season (very hot, wet and humid) here at the moment, the sisters, have been whizzing us around the city on their motorbikes seeking out new places to eat. We have had some stunning meals! We all decide what we want to eat and go find the best places in which to eat it. We usually end up in small local restaurants that have been run by the same family for generations, often deep in the suburbs of the city. We would never have found these places on our own! The food has been incredible and Carolyn will be posting details on our blog in due course.

We are here until the weekend when we head up through the country by train to Hanoi. This time a new destination for us will be the caves of Phong Nha Khe Be, allegedly the largest in the world.

After Vietnam the plan is:

Borneo - mainly based in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching
Taiwan (1st time)
Malaysia - arrive in Kota Bahru, maybe dive in the Perhentians before getting the "Jungle Railway" down to Taman Negara NP for a few days trekking before another train ride to KL for a flight to..
Indonesia - Flores & Komodo or Sulawesi
Malaysia - train up the west coast to..

We will spend a week in Bangkok, mainlyfor some intensive massage therapy at Wat Po, before flying to Oz to visit son and his wife in Sydney before spending a couple of months wandering the South and North Islands of New Zealand in a campervan.

We plan to return to Asia in mid October for a month - no ideas where yet, before returning home in mid November.

It is not my intention to post a trip report as such, just a few posts now and then, which I feel may be of interest. We will however be continuing our blog at which now has a new look.

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