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Vietnam – To Whom Would You Recommend A Trip?

Vietnam is a diverse and fascinating country that can be a destination for people with different preferences. The numerous cities and regions offer interested visitors the opportunity to get closer to the history and culture of the country. In Vietnam, nature lovers can explore breathtaking landscapes on foot, by bike or by boat and get to know a species-rich plant and animal world. For epicureans, Vietnamese cuisine has some “delicacies” in store. By the way, the age of the travelers does not play a big role. Also for children Vietnam promises with numerous activities large leisure fun. And if you are looking for relaxation, you are guaranteed to find your inner center during the wellness program in the numerous spas and resorts. What makes a trip to Vietnam so appealing? Breathtaking landscapes like Halong Bay, the Mekong Delta or the mountainous regions in the north. Impressive sights like the old town of Hanoi, the imperial city of Hue or the temples of My Son. The delicious cuisine, which is influenced by different regional and cultural influences and offers a variety of flavors, colors and textures. The friendly people who meet everyone with a smile and are happy to share their culture and traditions. Last but not least, the low prices for accommodation, food and transportation, which allow to see and experience a lot even with a smaller budget. In addition, adult German citizens only need a valid passport to enter the country. For minors under the age of 18, an official declaration of consent from their legal guardians is also required. The metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City is a unique experience and attracts many tourists. What are your personal favorite spots? „My birthplace (Saigon) Ho Chi Minh City is indeed a fascinating metropolis,” says Anna Moon. Here she names her very personal hotspots that must not be missed during a visit to Saigon: The War Victims Museum, which shows the history and consequences of the Vietnam War from a Vietnamese perspective. The Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the most beautiful and atmospheric Buddhist temples in the city, decorated with wood carvings, statues and incense sticks. The street food in District 4, where you can try authentic dishes of delicious Vietnamese cuisine, such as Pho, Banh Mi or Banh Xeo. The city’s architecture, which offers an exciting mix of colonial, traditional and modern styles – for example, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office or the Bitexco Financial Tower.… weiterlesen

Mergui Archipelago – Islands without Names

The renowned travel guide author Martin Schacht reports on a dreamlike journey to one of the last paradises on earth, the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar. The text is accompanied by the sensitive images of the award-winning photographer Ken Schluchtmann, who continues his many years of personal engagement with Myanmar with these wonderful photographs. Robinson charm in the Andaman Sea They say there’s a snake lurking in every paradise. But here, between the mangroves that stretch their roots into the shallow water like stilts, I’m afraid, it’s perhaps more of a big lizard. Somewhere I read about a battle in World War II in which a group of Japanese soldiers were driven by the Allies into a swamp on the Burmese coast near the town of Mergui. Of the 400 Japanese, only 40 survived. Not because they had fallen victim to any warlike conflicts, but because there were so many crocodiles there. Puffer fish on a leash The swamp and the city of Mergui lie several hundred kilometers north, so the people I ask assure me, that the crocodiles are on farms or dead. Just as dead as the pufferfish, whose round, prickly skins dry like floppy balloons on a leash in the sun and which are supposedly sold to China, because somewhere in Ghuangzhou in the Pearl River Delta handbags made of puffer fish leather are now in fashion. Digital detox Apart from that, the island 111 is almost incredibly idyllic. Women with patterns on their faces from Thanaka, the grated tree bark that is supposed to protect from the sun, repair the traps. The men go out to sea, and the huts are made of traditionally woven bamboo mats, covered with palm straw. The cheerful children on the beach are completely satisfied with their kittens and some plastic cups to play with. They do not know the Internet, and there is no mobile phone network here either. Sometimes the phone actually works east of island 108, but only when it’s not raining. In this respect, there is no need to look at the mobile phone, which makes some travellers nervous. But what should one miss here? Numbers instead of names The village has just as little name as most of the surrounding eight hundred uninhabited islands. After all, the islands wear numbers. The Mergui Archipelago is the last untouched island paradise in the world. White beaches with turquoise lagoons, coral reefs and dense jungle are almost all to yourself.… weiterlesen