Published: June 6th 2012June 6th 2012
Ho Chi Minh City!
Everywhere you turn you will see a hustler riding a bike selling food. The place is full of motorbikes, street hustlers and food.
We have finally arrived after 3 days at airports! got here this morning at 11am vietnam time and we just woke up half an hour ago at 9pm. we are 6 hours ahead of you in UK and 7 hours ahead form Africa. We were delayed in Abu Dhabi as there was a storm/fog/dust in the isolated place so had to fly somewhere in northern africa to refuel as we were just circling the airport waiting. Then got to bangkok at 9pm, and flew out this morning at 745am, so it was a long, tiring bloody night in the airport sleeping on benches! Luckily we hucked the aeroplane pillows. Got to Ho chi Minh, $10 cab into the city to find some accommodation on the main street for backpackers. Sat there half jumping off our seats thinking we were going to hit a motorcylist as there are just hundreds and hundreds of people on the road with bikes and even worse, no lanes! SO dangerous! Families of 5 on a motorbike!? Got onto the main street and started looking for some accommodation which we had spotted on the net. There are local markets everywhere you look with fresh duck being plucked, or fish heads being chopped off, or fresh fruit etc and spices. Absolutely stinks but such a nice culture. There was unbelievable rain as we arrived so we were dodging motorbikes, puddles and far too many people but finally found a nice little place for $28. Its about 36 degrees here! We are going to the Mekong river tomorrow and then possibly the Cu Chi Tunnels too and then back to Ho chi Minh on Saturday for a bright night out and then heading up the east coast of vietnam.