Published: April 28th 2008April 28th 2008
Dear readers - here we are in Saigon. Last time Jim was here was 43 years ago. Never actually made it into Saigon City. Nearest he got was a mail run into Danang or a baseball game at Camron bay during a ships party. One of his great childhood friends (Stan Grunstad) was killed near here during the Viet Nam war. As we flew in over the city of Saigon, many thoughts went through his head about so many people dying during the war and wondering what the city looked like from the air back in the 60s.
Two days ago at 11:30 AM we left Nathon on Koh Samui and boarded a bus which took us 500 yards to the ferry pier, unloaded us so the bus could board the ferry with no passengers aboard. We then had to walk onto the ferry and couldn't get onto the bus while the ferry was underway. We went up topside, played cards (rummy-Ann WON!!!!) and enjoyed the views along with the company of a nice Russian couple. We also met our first Americans, two young men from California. After the ferry got to the pier we were allowed to board the bus after the bus got off the ferry. The ride to the train station from Surtha Thani took two very uncomfortable hours. We finally got aboard the train at 17:00 for an interesting over night ride to Bangkok in a sleeper car. The quarters were nice but small, small sink and no loo. The loo was down the hall and was a pit toilet (gawd I hate these things). Finally upon arriving in Bangkok about 7 AM, we hot footed it across the hiway to our hotel, the Bangkok Centre Hotel. It's an OK hotel but nothing exceptional. The food there was good. We left baggage there as we will return after our trek to Viet Nam, Laos, and Northern Thailand.
We are happy to see that Glenn and Sue have signed into our blog, thanks to Jessica for making it happen!!!!
No real sure what our next city will be. After we experience Saigon for a while, we will get out the map and see what looks interesting to the north.
Ned and Nick - if you know the demise of the USS Forester DER???, please email or comment on the blog.
I had heard that the ship had been turned over to the Vietnamese Navy after the war and was the last DER alive. This information is probably 15 years old so I am not to sure if the ship is still around or not. If it is, I would like to visit it and take some pictures.
No pictures this time around as Ann left the full chip in our room.
All for now. Will sign on again in the next day or so and update with pictures.
Ann and the Archbisop