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From the Travel Section of the London/UK Independent two days ago, they had this headline: PHNOM PENH CITY GUIDE: Where to Eat, Drink, Ship and Stay in Cambodian Capital with these highlights: “Cambodia’s capital has a reputation as an unlovely arrival point for tourists heading to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, or to island resorts off the coast. But those who choose to stay will discover a city on the cusp of change, with a diverse nightlife and innovative restaurant scene emerging as an alternative to the colonial hangouts that catered to the UN personnel who tried to establish democracy in Cambodia in the Nineties.”

 

Agree with this summary.  We did not expect much in Phnom Penh, but we were pleasantly surprised with its charming style and evolving offerings. It is definitely a city on the upswing.  Lots of new building, plus other nice "stars" here.   Here is more for one of the key attractions we visited:  "For a sense of Buddhist culture start with the Silver Pagoda, a temple with a silver-tiled floor, where $10 admission includes access to the Royal Palace when the king is not in residence (8-11am and 2.30-5pm daily). The walls of the Pagoda complex are covered in intricate murals depicting the Reamker, a Cambodian epic poem taking in monkey warriors, battling princes and 10-headed ogres."

 

Full story at:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/48-hours-in/phnom-penh-things-to-do-cambodia-best-hotels-restaurants-bars-guide-a8955921.html

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

For latest live/blog, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East.  Connect at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/

 

Below are a couple of the visuals used to illustrate this profile for Cambodia's Capital City.:

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Terry from Ohio

 

thank you so much for all your posts with the beautiful pictures and wonderful information. We leave in six weeks for a three week trip to Africa on the Rovos rail and are scheduled for a three week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in 2021 so I have been reading your posts on both places. You are full of incredible facts and tips! We really appreciate all you share. 

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2 hours ago, nich3cats said:

Terry from Ohio.  thank you so much for all your posts with the beautiful pictures and wonderful information. We leave in six weeks for a three week trip to Africa on the Rovos rail and are scheduled for a three week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in 2021 so I have been reading your posts on both places. You are full of incredible facts and tips! We really appreciate all you share. 

 

Appreciate your great follow-up and interests for both Southeast Asia and Africa.  YES, let me know any and ALL added questions.  Or for the ways that I can be helpful.  Both are great areas that do not receive as many cruise visitors as happens for the Caribbean or Med.  Keep researching and planning!!  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 45,926 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta.

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

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From the London/UK Evening Standard June 21, 2019, they had this headline: “Five star hotels, gourmet restaurants and fun things to do” with these highlights: “Positioned (unfairly by many) behind Thailand’s shadow for decades, Vietnam might finally be emerging as Southeast Asia’s headlining act.  The destination boasts all the staggering natural beauty, standout cuisine and thrumming city life one could want from the region, and a growing portfolio of world-class hotels, cocktail bars and five-star excursions offers much for the upscale traveller.”.

 

Among the Hanoi and other highlighted: "Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.  Transport yourself into French Colonial-era Vietnam inside Hanoi’s grand dame hotel. The Old Quarter-based icon has hosted dignitaries and celebrities since 1901, from Charlie Chaplin (he honeymooned here) to Angelina Jolie and Bill Clinton."

 

We super enjoyed this segment that they spotlighted: "Paradise Luxury Cruise.  The 1,600-island Halong Bay should be on every Vietnam visitor’s wish list, and Paradise Cruises’ overnight journeys is a fine way to explore its enchanting, emerald-coloured waters."

 

Here was another aspect in this story that we very much enjoyed and experienced: "Reverie Saigon Hotel.   If extravagant living is your thing, Ho Chi Minh-based The Reverie Saigon might—pardon the pun—be your ‘dream’ hotel.  The ultra-luxe city palace occupies the top floors of an iconic skyscraper, yielding commanding views of Ho Chi Minh’s skyline and Saigon River from the 286 marble-lined rooms and suites."

 

Full story at:

https://www.standard.co.uk/insider/living/vietnam-luxury-travel-guide-five-star-hotels-gourmet-restaurants-and-amazing-things-to-do-a4171361.html

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.).  Now at 64,134 views:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

 

Here is this story's visual of the exterior of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.:

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From the Los Angeles Times yesterday, they had this headline: “China’s government condemns Hong Kong protesters for violence” with these highlights: “China’s central government on Tuesday condemned Hong Kong protesters who smashed their way into the legislative chambers a day earlier, while demonstrators used social media to illustrate their fears of dangerous confrontations with police.”

 

Am concerned long-term for Hong Kong and how their "situation" will evolve and possibly allow freedom to exist and continue for this city/area.  Am following this story closely and hoping for the best.  Here is more from this story: "Hundreds of thousands had marched peacefully across the city on Monday — the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony’s handover to Chinese control — in protest of an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong to send suspected criminals to mainland China for trial. But hundreds of protesters in another part of the city smashed their way into the legislative building and vandalized its central chamber. Pro-democracy lawmakers outside the legislative building said Tuesday that they didn’t condone vandalism, but also appealed to the public to try to understand the desperation felt by some protesters."

 

Full story at:

https://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-hong-kong-protests-china-violence-20190702-story.html

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights.  On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings.  Now at 222,458 views.

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

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From CNN, the cable news network yesterday, they had this headline: “Lonely Planet's best places to visit in Asia Pacific for 2019” with these story highlights: “From sweeping vineyards and turquoise oceans to gleaming city lights and 12th-century temples, there's no shortage of incredible destinations in Asia Pacific.  If you're struggling to pick which spot you should prioritize on your next vacation, Lonely Planet's new roundup of the region's best places to visit might help you along.”

 

This summary includes highlighting Cambodia as the home to Angkor Wat.  They cited  for Central Vietnam, "you can visit Hoi An's Japanese Bridge in the banks of the Thu Bon River."  Among the other top locations cited were Margaret River and Southern WA/Australia, Shikoku/Japan, Singapore, Cook Islands, New Zealand's Bay of Islands, Fiji, Palawan/Philippines and Beijing/China.  

 

Full story at:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/lonely-planet-asia-pacific-best-destinations-2019/index.html

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Wonderful scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 236,347 views.

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

Below are a couple of the many visuals used to illustrate this CNN/Lonely Planet profile of top options for Asia and the Pacific.  This includes for Cambodia's Angkor Wat and Central Vietnam.  Both look wonderful, historic and very attractive!!  These mentions and pictures bring back nice memories from last year.:

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