First pit stop is saigon

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog

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flight to vietnam

it was april 8, holy wednesday, at around 11pm that we boarded cebu pacific going to saigon. we arrived at 1:30am (saigon's time) and hurriedly rode a cab going to park hyatt as to where we will stay for free! thanks to our dear friend tasha for the five star hotel accommodation.

after few hours of sleep after, we headed to  have our money changed into VND. we felt rich holding 500,000VND++, for 1USD = 17,000VND.

the most amazing thing in this city is the presence of too many motorcycles around. i've never even seen it but its like a stampede of gazelles, then imagine yourself crossing the street. Motorcyles have been the most rampant form of transportation in the city, from flower deliveries, laundry services. we even saw a man trying to transport manequins in these very busy streets.

while waiting for the plane
yes, their roads may be clogged but you'd appreciate the cleanliness of the city after a long day. try scratching your arms or your neck and you won't see or feel any dirt. =)

we met one of our college friends, who's also having a vacation in ho chi minh and offered to tour us around since she knows the place quite well. we went first to vietnam musuem which is near Le Duan Street, just inside the gates of the zoo. you'd see how ho chi minh has been once a french colony. everything is wrtten in vietnamese, english and french. next we went to is the reunification palace which is also known as the independence palace which is south vietnam president's former palace. fees to both places woul cost around 15,000VND each.

after two museums that we've been to, we went to pho24 to have something to eat.

inside the reunification palace with jaimie
ho chi minh maybe humid and hot, but you can never resist their steaming beef noodle soup, spring rolls, and lemon juice. we ate at around 5pm and we didnt feel hungry until the day after.  

the next day, we ate at wrap and roll for lunch which also serves nice food. after, we went to war museum, passed by the notre dame cathedral and dropped by their post office to send some postcards back home and to some firends from other countries. then we went to ben thanh market to buy souveneirs and of course to buy coffee that i would try back home.

we tried to get back home early and rest for we will be leaving the following day for phnom penh.
 

tashgorgeous says:
haha.. you gave me an idea! thanks!
Posted on: Apr 27, 2009
sarsicola says:
haha. i checked out the maps =) till, our next trip!
Posted on: Apr 27, 2009
tashgorgeous says:
my pleasure! till our next trip. amazing, you remembered the street name!
Posted on: Apr 27, 2009
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flight to vietnam
flight to vietnam
while waiting for the plane
while waiting for the plane
inside the reunification palace wi…
inside the reunification palace w…
pho 24
pho 24
i lived on spring rolls
i lived on spring rolls
reunification palace
reunification palace
beef noodle soup
beef noodle soup
motorcycles everywhere
motorcycles everywhere
wrap and roll
wrap and roll
opera house
opera house
notre dame cathedral
notre dame cathedral
post office
post office
war museum
war museum