Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog› entry 167 of 254 › view all entries
All April fools opportunities were missed this morning as none of us had a clue what day it was! We got up early for breakfast before going to the Ben Thanh Market. The market, like all Asian markets, was fascinating, with all sorts of interesting fruit and veg, clothes and trinkets for sale. It was a hive of activity, something which has been lost back home, due to the rise of the all-dominating supermarket.
Carol and Nicola found a good tailor's shop, and got themselves measured up for an 'ao dai' each. Many Vietnamese women wear these, looking extremely graceful as they perch on their motorbikes. Back to the market where we finished off our shopping and then headed back to the hotel.
After quickly dropping off our purchases we then got into a car and went to see the Cu Chi tunnels.
Before returning to Saigon, Diane and Nicola took the opportunity to fire an AK47 gun sharing 5 bullets between them. Hearing and feeling the immense power of the gun reinforced the horrors we had just learned about. It was good to get the experience to fire a gun but not one they would wish to repeat. It was scary.
After a hard day of sightseeing it was back to the hotel for a beer, a snack and some rest. We went for a drink at a nearby bar before finding a vegetarian restaurant (that also had meat dishes!). The best on the menu was 'vegetarian seafood' - we are not sure the Vietnamese have fully grasped the concept yet! Despite this the food was very good and we ate a feast, all washed down with giant bottles of tiger beer. At just less than 5 pounds for all of us it was a bargain!