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March 6th, 2010 – by: Clarafina
We landed on time in HCMC at 9:25pm. Passing through customs was not a problem, and our bags came through on the baggage carousel without a worry. We had decided to grab a taxi rather than have Mr Tuan from Ngoc Thao Guesthouse pick us up, as he charged US$15 and LP said we could get to town from the airport for 80-100,000D. Well if only! First our dodgy taxi driver made me pay 50,000D to get his ticket out of the airport, then it cost us another 200,000D to get to Pham Ngu Lao St. Luckily it worked out about the same price as Mr Tuan, but we had banked on it being half as much! Anyway, we got there in the end and found the place easily enough. We also had our first experience of crossing the road (keep walking at a slow steady pace and the cars/motorbikes will go around you), which went fine. Our room (US$20/night) was quite nice - 2 bunkbeds, mini bar, cable TV (mostly Asian channels), good air con and ensuite. We basically went straight to bed when we got sorted out but I woke up heaps of times due to K snoring and clattering around.
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