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Sunset before landing in Saigon

They are everywhere!

Unlike the foreigners who had to board taxis when they came out from the airport, I had the privilege to hop on a Vespa, thanks to a local, and see the city at night. Put a night over at My My Arthouse hotel after an hour or so out in District 1 enjoying the breeze and sight, and of course after filling the tummy with a good bowl of noodles, not pho (forgot its name but will find out again*).

What did I see on my first night in Vietnam? Popular hotels like the Continental Saigon and Rex Hotel, christmasty themed shopping malls,  the church, the theater house, the palace and the monument. Gosh, this is all I can remember now after 2 months...just generic names of buildings?!! What better to do on a bike, swerving corner to corner on the road, on a hot night, than to take out my camera and start snapping pics along the ride! I was warned though to watch out for snatchers on other bikes so I was pretty cautious with my camera.

Snap, snap, snap....couples on bikes, family with baby on bike, tranvestites on bike and people who stared at me on their bikes when I tried to snap them, everyone had their helmets on. Now, I haven't seen this type of helmet for a very long time. I remember my grandparents used to have them. We call it 'tortoise cap' because the helmet covers only top half of your head. They are cute! (though stinky, but who gives the inside of the helmet a sniff first before putting it on?!!)

It was until about midnight that I decided to call it a day and headed back to my room. The door of the hostel was locked and I had to ring the bell. Owner was king enough to open the door for me. As I went upstairs to my room (4 floors up!) I saw the entire onwer's family asleep on mattresses laid under the spiralling staircase. They rent out rooms to travellers and they sleep on the floor next to the kitchen. Sad right? Then again, no time to worry for them yet. I still don't have a plan for tomorrow yet! What now? Bed first...

*ok...as of now, 2 months after, I still never got to find out the name of the noodles.

rdsean says:
u got a nice set of pictures but i like the most is the sunset.. :P
Posted on: Mar 10, 2011
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