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Heather Sale's Port Reviews of Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Da Nang, Hong Kong
Discovery cruise in December 2011
Member Name: Heather Sale
Cruise Date: December 2011
Embarkation: other
Destination: Asia
Member Review: Heather Sale's Discovery Review
Bangkok (Laem Chabang)
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
Quite a distance from Bangkok and, as the traffic is dreadful, probably about at least an hour's drive away - maybe more. Nothing much there at all and no passenger facilities that we could see.

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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Very close to the City centre and there is a footpath. Some limited facilities at the port.
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Da Nang
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
Really horrible container port. There is a shop - some local goods but whether they are genuine or not ...! Outside the port, there are some very local shops - no apparent sign of taxis. Do not try to walk into town. It is a nasty road with no footpath and a very long way from the centre of the City. A note which we wish someone had told us - it is about 30 kilometres from Hoi An which is a World Heritage site. And is lovely. there are also fabulous silk shops there. They will measure you and produce the goods within a couple of hours - or even deliver to the ship. Take advantage - they need the custom, the goods are beautiful and incredibly cheap.

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Hong Kong
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
What can you say!! The Ocean Terminal is full of the most amazing designer shops - with the most amazingly expensive goods. Apparently the locals don't buy them - the mainland Chinese do! Walk out of the terminal and onto the Star Ferry ($2.5 HK single) to go over to the Island. Where there are more amazing designer shops and walkways over the traffic into town. If you hunt, you will find old Hong Kong with its colourful street markets. But you have to hunt. For the old Hong Kong hands, sadly Stanley Market is not the place it was.

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