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Hainan Island Visit: 2008-6
2008-07-22 - On cruise ship excursion visited Sanya on Hainan island. This is the southern most, at least large island, of China. Very tropical with nice beaches outside Sanya. Very hot and muggy in June but the sky was mostly clear.




Luzon (Northern Philippines) Visit: 2008-6
2008-07-22 - First stop on Costa cruise was in Manilla, Phillipines. First impressions were: very large city, hot and muggy in summer, walkable old town area, friendly people and safe to get around on the metro system. After visiting the old town(reminded me of old San Juan) we traveled by metro to an upscale area of Manilla called Makati for some shopping in a nice mall.




Sabah Visit: 2008-6
2008-07-22 - Visited Kota Kinabalu while on the Costa Allegra. Docked right in KK. Rented a car and drove up to Mt. Kinabalu. Hiked thru the gardens and park during the day. Quite exceptional views of Borneo. Driving was quite easy and enjoyable. The weather was clear early but cloudy by mid-day. Would definitely recommend for more extensive exploration.




Singapore Visit: 2008-6
2008-07-22 - Visited Singapore from the cruise ship. Very hot and muggy. Nice big city architecture and easy to get around in. Really enjoyed the Orchid Gardens in the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Many photogenic temples in Singapore.




South Vietnam Visit: 2008-6
2008-07-22 - The Costa Allegra docked close in to downtown Saigon. Took taxi to Jade Emperor Pagoda. According to the taxi driver there are 6 million people in Saigon with 4 million scooters and 1 million cars. It was a miracle we didn't kill quite a few during the taxi ride. It was very difficult to reconcile my past Vietnam War feelings with my actual impressions of the people. I don't see why we have to have so many wars.


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