Across the border and into Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog› entry 10 of 35 › view all entries
Again a uneventful trip. Once we got into vietnam we seemed to be constantly driving through urban areas and you could immediately see the difference in the wealth levels of the two countries. I guess I did have one first in that this was my first ever experience of crossing country boarders by land - but the bus crew took care of getting us through this so no real problems. Again only one other Westerner on the bus - from Liverpool in the UK. Although he said he'd actually been living in Brisbane for the last 2 years I almost had as much trouble understanding his accent as I did with the locals.
This time I'd decided to get dropped at a specific hotel which was in the backpacker area - I hadn't booked but figured that if I didn't like it I'd be able to look around for another.
As soon as I got off the bus this taxi driver was grabbing my bag and wanting me to get in his cab. I stopped him to give me a chance to talk to the English guy and find out what he was doing - he said he was going to have a look around the area for a while. Told the cabbie I needed to go to an ATM and was trying to head to one directly across the street but he insisted I get in and he would take me to one along the way. So I got in the cab and showed him the address. I seen that there was a metre so was thinking this would be ok. We only drove about 50 metres down the road and he pulled up and sent me to an ATM across the street. We drove around for about 15-20 minutes and he pointed out a large hotel at one point and I'm sure the amount on the metre suddenly doubled.
Settled in the hotel after this and booked trips for the next two days. Had a bit of a look around the streets around the hotel and ran into the english guy from the bus sitting at a bar just up the road. Went out and had pizza for dinner again that night - I think this one was the best so far so the quaility only seems to be getting better.