One night in Saigon

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on our way to the Nam

HCMC????...................... it's a bit crazy really !!~!!

After a long old bus journey we arrived here around 4 and spent a good half hour tryng to find somewhere to stay. It's a bit weird here, there's the usual guest houses but then there's all these other places. Basically, either the spare room or the kids bedrooms in various houses!!! As it's Tiddley new year tomorrow everywhere is packed, but, after trudging the alleys of Saigon for a while we found a great room, hot shower and cable and still only 9 dollars!!!  Obviously adventure Rat had to negotiate this price...the Vietnamese bargain hard but they're no match for my wife !!!!!!! HONK HONK PARP PARP HAPPY SHOPPER POOP POOP

So first things first, we haven't tried any noodle soup yet in the Nam.

In the Nam
... better remedy that one quickly, so at the end of our alley we find a new entry for  our '  Noodle soup around the world journal  .' Vietnams version is called ' Po ' , a more watery type of soup than thai and Cambodge's and with less veggies. They do however give you a plate of bean sprouts and lettuce to add to your soup !!!! On the condiment side you get a jar of garlic, soy, a curry / chilli paste and a chilli vinegar , so added marks for that!!!!! The meat front is pretty good aswell with liver, pork, chicken and prawns all present. Presentation also good. Price ? slightly steep at 22,000 dong ( almost a pound ) . Now on to the all important taste........  sllluuurrpppppp  hhhhmmmmmm ...........yes, not bad , initially a little bland but a pleasant after taste!!!!!! Not the best we've tasted in Asia, not quite reaching the heights of Lipe's or Angkor Wats but a definate medal contender !!!!!!!!! The curry / chilli paste is the key .
bugs anyone???....
..good work HCMC!!!

We hadn't decided what to do yet, it's a toss up ( oooohhhhh eeeerrrrrr!!!!! ) between staying in Saigon for new year or heading up to Nah Trang, so when a big decision is needed what do we do, yep thats right , it's to the travel agent to get a bit of basic info and then straight to the bottle shop to mull things over with the help of our good friend Vladimir from Russia!!! ( which by the way is extremely bargainous here in the Nam !! ) What to do, should we stay or should we go now, if we stay there maybe ........... well, a flower market, singing and fireworks, and if we go there will be .....the same........... plus the beach, hhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmm.............

morning coffee..and I gotta say we look pretty damn hot!!!!
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So, it was a close call, and even took Kebabs ( oh yes, and pretty good ones too even if they were pork ) but we decided on Nah Trang, not just cause of the beach, but we're coming back to HCMC and it's good to keep on the move isn't it??????? So it's another bus ride again tomorrow, apparently it can take anywhere between 6 and 9 hours depending on traffic so we won't reach Nah Trang until dark. As it's Tiddley New Year we decide to take the unprecidented step of booking a room ( how forward thinking of us, must be Ria's brownie training!!! .) The people who we book our bus ticket with recommend the Mimosa, so we hand over the cash ( 14 bucks !!!!!!!!! ) and the deed is done, no going back now...

Bus tickets  - DONE

Hotel  - DONE

Noodle Soup - DONE

Vodka quaffing - DONE

Our work here in Saigon seems to be at an end, time to make the most of that hot water...............

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on our way to the Nam
on our way to the Nam
In the Nam
In the Nam
bugs anyone???....
bugs anyone???....
morning coffee..and I gotta say we…
morning coffee..and I gotta say w…
Noodle soup numero uno
Noodle soup numero uno
numero duo!!!
numero duo!!!
can I help you???
can I help you???
Numero duo coming up
Numero duo coming up
our mate Vladimir!!
our mate Vladimir!!
cheers!!!
cheers!!!
Ria and her new mate
Ria and her new mate
no cameras Im shy
no cameras I'm shy
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