RTW a day at the Shanghai Disney Resort

When I saw that there was a Disneyworld in Shanghai (fine, Shanghai Disney Resort), it immediately shot to the top of my short to do list. I grew up watching Disney movies and waited every year for the Disney Christmas special to air on Christmas Eve morning. I worked near the Paris Disney world for…

RTW the Seven Hells of Beppu

Last time I wrote I was in Kyoto, having extended my stay as I waited my China visa to be processed. The wait meant shuffling around my existing bookings, but I was still determined to go to Beppu. Beppu is known for its geothermal activity, and I thought it a nice bookend to my travels which had…

RTW two visits to the Great Wall

The weather being a bit iffy through my stay in Beijing, I was waffling about when to go to the Great Wall. In the end, I ended up going twice. First time was with a tour group to the Mutianyu section on a weekday in fog, drizzle and hail, and the second was solo with…

RTW Zhangjiajie national forest park

I had come to Zhangjiajie mainly to visit the eponymous forest national park. You know, Avatar mountains. The film wasn’t actually filmed there, but the Hallelujah mountains were inspired by the rock pillars in Zhangjiajie, as well as by the karst formations in Guilin. As the national area is large I opted to hire a…

RTW history and karst in Guilin

My arrival into Guilin wasn’t the most auspicious, but by the end of my stay there I was thoroughly charmed. The first day I headed to get the bus ticket from Guilin to Fenghuang and on the way back managed to hop off at a wrong bus stop as the bus didn’t take the expected route…

RTW a half a day tour in Hue

It’s been such a busy few days that I have fallen behind on my actual travel descriptions! For some reason I had been procrastinating on booking what I needed to book for China, in order to apply for the visa, so I had to spend a day in frantically researching where to go, where to…

RTW day trip to My Son

My Son, often called My Son Holyland, is a temple ruin area that pre-dates Angkor by about 300 years. Stylistically, it is quite similar, as both were built as Hindu temples. So lingas, gargoyle faces, temple towers and rich carvings rule both. I had booked a half a day tour to My Son, and got…

RTW Dalat city day tour

I was really enjoying Dalat city, of which more later, and I went on a day tour of nearby main sights. Each could have been a walking distance from the city center, but this tour included 7-8 of the sights. It was a nice day out. The day didn’t start very promisingly, though. I thought…

RTW Mekong delta tour

On my second full day in Saigon (I’ll get back to the first later), I headed out of town, on a full day tour of the Mekong delta. I was picked up from my hotel by a guide on foot, and we collected tourists on the way to a minibus pickup spot a few minutes’…

RTW Angkor day 3

After two amazing days in Angkor touring the temples within close proximity of Siem Reap, I ventured farther afield on my last day in the archaeological park. The day started at 10 am with a pickup by my tuk tuk driver, who promptly handed me over to his brother. No worries, my new driver was…