City of Saigon
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We awoke at 6am to see the sun peeping through the curtains, unlike back home when daylight only springs out close to 7. Hitting the streets, we noticed street peddlers along pavements with makeshift tables and chairs selling everything from drinks, food, cigarettes, sunglasses to pirated bestselling books! The locals from office workers to senior citizens would occupy the plastic chairs watching the world go by with their cuppa or Pho Bo.
We believe that you never really experienced Saigon until you cross their streets. We were informed that in the city of 6 million population, there were 4 million motorcycles. The trick is to cross in a steady pace without sudden halts. They will just go around you. The good thing we noticed is that they drive slowly and are quite patient with pedestrians.
Although they live in the city, most of the people originate from the provinces and are always ready to give you a smile. English is still largely not understood by most people so it helps to learn up a few Vietnamese words. That always breaks the ice! Xin chao (Hello), xin gahm un (thank you), tote (good), bow nyew (how much), mahk qwa (too expensive), na ve sinh (toilet). We would also recommend touring the city centre by foot instead of taking day tours. That way you not only observe the people and their way of life better, time is at your hands and you save money!