Second leg

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3 seats each - luxury!
Well I'm now on leg 2 of the flight and in actual fact we had plenty of time to make the next flight despite the lengthy delay in Melbourne. The first flight felt like it took forever even though of course I've been on much longer flights. We were seated next to a guy from Darwin who told us the only takeway joint was Red Rooster just inside the arrivals gate. He said he didn't know about the international gates and we figured there'd be more options through there so we went through customs only to find out there was only a single duty-free shop and a single over-priced food outlet. We both disappointedly opted for a sausage roll with sauce and a bag of Kettle chips... When we boarded the plane we discovered to our delight that there was no-one sitting in the seat between us, but even better, that there was not even one person in the set of three seats across the aisle from us! So, of course as soon as we had taken off and the seat-belt sign had been switched off, K hot-footed it over there which meant we each had 3 seats for the duration of the flight, which made us feel very pleased with ourselves! Luckily this leg had taken off on time as planned.
Ngoc Thao Guesthouse, our first hotel, family-run.

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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3 seats each - luxury!
3 seats each - luxury!
Ngoc Thao Guesthouse, our first ho…
Ngoc Thao Guesthouse, our first h…
Our room at Ngoc Thao Guesthouse
Our room at Ngoc Thao Guesthouse
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