Vietnam, Cambodia, and Taiwan
This was my second time traveling to Asia with my family. Two years ago, I had been to China and returned with amazing memories to cherish. Now, having returned from a recent three-country Asia trip, I am completely and utterly lost in clouds. I perpetually dream of experiencing more of this world through travel.
The tour in China was too fast of a pace but I did terribly enjoy the hotel that we stayed at in Beijing— Chinese/Western buffet styled breakfast was how I started each day. I would like to return to China in the future.
Vietnam and Cambodia
I am grateful to have family living in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Taiwan. Shortly after landing in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, we picked out eyeglasses and dropped off our prescriptions that we had ready before leaving Canada. The glasses I picked out were $50 CAD and the prescription sunglasses were $62 CAD. Fearing having my phone stolen, I did not bring my phone to the Reunification Palace. In 1975, the North Vietnam army crashed through the gates of the palace and this led to the end of the war.
A few short days later, we headed for Siem Reap, where the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat, was built. Angkor Thom is where Bayon Temple was built. It stands at the heart of the “great city.” Road trips in and surrounding Cambodia brings memories of hopping out of the vehicle and tasting fresh durians or warm sticky rice in a bamboo tube. From my uncle’s vehicle we switched to my cousin’s vehicle and off we drove to Sokha Beach Resort, Sihanouk Ville. This is where you can find some of the finest white sand. I found that we had to leave too soon.
Our return to Ho Chi Minh City was brief. A relative of ours used to work for a travel agent. We asked her to help us book a return flight for Nha Trang, Vietnam. Swimming at the beach and tasting Nha Trang’s specialty, nem nuong (grilled fermented pork roll), was an absolute delight.
We ended our stay in Ho Chi Minh City with my favorite Vietnamese dish, banh xeo, a delicious salty crepe with shrimp and bean sprouts.
Taipei, Taiwan was our next and last destination. As soon as we had arrived, my aunt ordered bubbletea for us from the popular chain 50 Lan. Later that night, we went to the night market. I found tampered glass for my phone— I had given up the search back in Canada— and a travel themed phone case. Taipei 101 is the tallest structure in Taipei. It has one of the world’s fastest elevator, reaching the speed of 1,010 m/min, or 60.6 km/h. We took the 37 second elevator ride from the fifth floor to the 89th floor indoor observatory. Taipei Main Station has underground shopping. This is where I found a good quality wallet phone case. I had given up the search after looking in Canada, Vietnam, and the night market in Taipei. Happy as I was with my last purchase in Asia, I was truly sad to be leaving.
“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” — Leonardo da Vinci