Ha Noi 5’o clock rush hour – better than a fishtank!

If you like to watch moving items and like the excitement of near misses and expert navigation around obstacles like pedestrians, cars, scooters, bicycles, dogs, lorries, buses or pretty much anything that moves – then Cộng Cà Phê in Ha Noi Vietnam is the place for you! I like the location at the intersection of Nguyēn Hù Huán/Hàng Mâm streets particularly much. But there are many locations so pick your own favorite here!

Hanoi celebrates 20 years as a UNESCO City of Peace

Hanoi City of Peace stage.
Hanoi City of Peace stage.

On July 16, 1999,UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) presented the title “City for Peace” to Hanoi, Vietnam. On July 16 2019 the city has now held that title for 20 years and this was celebrated with big parades in the city. UNESCO has to date awarded this honor to 300 cities worldwide.

Hanoi City of Peace parade on Saturday July 13 2019.

Plenty of people were out on a beautiful Saturday, watching the parades and enjoying the celebrations in Hanoi.

Hanoi City of Peace parade on Saturday July 13 2019.
Hanoi City of Peace parade on Saturday July 13 2019.
Hanoi City of Peace parade on Saturday July 13 2019.
Hanoi City of Peace parade on Saturday July 13 2019.
Hanoi City of Peace parade on Saturday July 13 2019.
Hanoi City of Peace parade on Saturday July 13 2019.
Local dignitaries.
Local dignitaries.
More local dignitaries.
More local dignitaries.
Colorful traditional Vietnamese dresses.
Colorful traditional Vietnamese dresses.
This involves some ceramic urns that are sitting on the ground at the moment this picture was taken.
This involves some ceramic urns that are sitting on the ground at the moment this picture was taken.
The Blue Crew.
The Blue Crew.
Spectators watching the Blue Crew.
Spectators watching the Blue Crew.

Scuba diving in the Andaman Sea in Thailand

Andaman Sea diving, notice the Starry Puffer towards the bottom.
Andaman Sea diving, notice the Starry Puffer towards the bottom.

I went scuba diving in Thailand while on Phi Phi Island. This is on the West coast of Thailand and the body of water is called the Andaman Sea, it is a part of the Eastern Indian Ocean and it is separated from the Bay of Bengali by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

I chose Princess Divers for my dive and Felix was an excellent companion for someone who does not do a lot of diving but is a certified open water diver with both PADI and NAUI. Here is little clip from the dive:

Bridge on the River Kwai – on location

Bridge on the River Kwai
Bridge on the River Kwai

Bridge on the River Kwai, is the bridge that the Japanese built with civilians and Allied POV’s during WWII (1943) to complete the rail-line between Bangkok and Rangoon in Burma (now known as Yangoon in Myanmar). As many as 12,000 people perished during the construction. A Movie with the name “The Bridge on the River Kwai” was made in 1957, starring Alec Guiness and William Holden and directed by David Lean.

A view of the Bridge on the River Kwai.
A view of the Bridge on the River Kwai.

Looking out over the River Kwai.
Looking out over the River Kwai.

Train stop on the River Kwai.
Train stop on the River Kwai.

The Bridge.
The Bridge.

Unexploded ordinance at one end of the bridge.
Unexploded ordinance at one end of the bridge.

Train coming over the Bridge.
Train coming over the Bridge.