Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog› entry 11 of 17 › view all entries
So here we are in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) back in the busy traffic, noise and pollution that the weeks since Hanoi have released us from. It was such a strange experience as the bus from Mui Ne started to get into built up areas. We both looked at each other with shared apprehension and once we had settled into our hotel we concluded that we felt like country dwellers visiting the big scary city for the first time!
Unfortunately you all too soon forget that a quiter life does exist and the honking horns, motorbike engines, begging and shouts to have you buy things rapidly become background to daily life again.
We now have the dubious please of being stuck here for the next eight days!! All the way down when we enquired about visa extensions we were told it takes one day and in fact it does if you get them in Nha Trang or Hue but come into HCMC and the standard 30 day visa extension takes 1 week!! Can you believe it the one place we really didn't want to spend any time and we're stuck here for a week!!!
Determined to make the best of it we have arranged a couple of day trips out of town which we'll write up separately.
On a much lighter note we were given a couple of free tickets to the Water Puppet theatre by the super friendly lady who runs the hotel we are staying in (Guesthouse 70). We almost certainly wouldn't have bothered going if the tickets were free thinking it would be a bit rubbish. It was actually excellant and very skillful. As with all puppet shows the humour is aimed at the juvenile but that doesn't mean it's not funny. Being largely visual the jokes aren't lost in translation either. The musical accompanyment is traditional Vietnamese which can be both beautiful and shocking at the same time. Still we'd thoroughly recommend it.