Vietnam 13/05/09

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog

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First Vietnamese meal
An early start, a 4:00am alarm after a mere 4 hours sleep. Nevertheless we could not snooze as we had a plane to catch. Hong Kong had been good to us but like a promiscuous pimp it was time to move on, Vietnam… here we come!

We were going to catch a bus to the airport but while waiting a taxi driver pulled up along side of us and offered us a fixed fare because he already had a passenger who was on her way to the airport. The fare was cheaper than the bus so it was a bit of luck on our way out. We got to the airport a little too early so we passed time getting our affairs in order, exchanging currency and so on. On a side note I am currently a multi millionaire in Vietnamese Dong, I have a bank receipt to approve it. We boarded the plane a little later and a short 2 hours later we arrived in Ho Chi Minh city. We had arranged transport for a safe start to our trip, the car was quite luxuirous. We had booked in at the Saigon Mini Hotel which is a business hotel, only costing £7.89 a night per person, a lovely hotel with an excellent room and staff service. We were quite tired so we decided to take the first day easy, we spent the first few hours in the hotel before venturing out to get some water.

Rule #1 on crossing the road. Do not hesitate, you will just confuse oncoming traffic.
Rule #2. Have no fear, they will dodge you.

We found a small shop after a few minutes of walking through the 33C (94F) weather and purchased some water, M&M’s, mango juice and cookies. We headed back through the confusing city home getting lost only once. I do wish people would stop offering to sell me marijuana though.

Outside our hotel there is a food stall/restaurant thing which smells divine so we sat down and ordered some mixed rice with prawns. It was as good as it smelled.

After dinner we went to our room to sleep until the next day. I watched TV for a few hours though, they have ESPN and a couple of movie channels that are English, even an anime channel which is dubbed English. A mellow start to Vietnam but things seem hopeful.

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First Vietnamese meal
First Vietnamese meal
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Absolute 'must-stay', a real treasure in amongst the chaos!
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