June 15th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

The first leg of our journey takes us to Penang which is famous for its food. We stayed at the Eastern and Oriental which was established in 1885 by the Sarkies Brothers. The sea-fronting hotel is known for its luxurious accommodation and restaurants. The rooms were very spacious and opulent, read more about my review on TripAdvisor here. Georgetown is a great spot, although you probably only need a few days here.

The street art is magnificent and you need to wander the streets to locate them. Some are in side streets which can be hard to find.

A Lithuanian artist named Ernest Zacharevic is the reason why street art became such a tourist attraction in Penang. After his commissioned work ‘Mirrors George Town’ for the George Town Festival back in 2012 it became a huge success and his works are by far the most popular out of all the street art.


June 14th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Gaggan is a restaurant run by chef Gaggan Anand in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2018, it comes top of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the fourth consecutive year in the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Currently rated as number 7 in the world and it shows. I booked some months in advanced and even though I’m a pescatarian, they catered for all my requirements.

It is a 25 course extraviganza, dishes I could never assume ever to be possible.

The menu is presented as emojis so you only get a hint of each course and although the waiter will explain a little, it’s not until the end of the meal when they reveal the real menu. It’s an overlay on the emoji, which is very clever.

The restaurant is NOT cheap, but you can expect that for the 7th best restaurant in the world.

It’s well worth a visit as this restaurant will be closing soon so get in quick.

Vietnam 2017

June 13th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Although I’ve travelled extensivevly thoughout Asia, this is the first trip to Vietnam. We have a friend who came out as a refugee in the 1970’s and now has finally gone back and is living in Ho Chi Minh city with his beautiful wife. We visited them on this trip and travelled throughout the south of the country.

We flew to Bangkok as we got some cheap flights and then took the short flight from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh.

Hồ Chí Minh led the Việt Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the Communist-ruled Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954 at the battle of Điện Biên Phủ. He officially stepped down from power in 1965 due to health problems. After the war, Saigon, the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam, was renamed Hồ Chí Minh City.

One thing I learnt, the south don’t like the name Ho Chi Minh, they still refer it as Siagon.