Blogs from District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Southeast, Vietnam, Asia - page 6


Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 December 17th 2012

Saigon was about 300kms from Dalat – another long day. We left early and actually made pretty good time – we were half way around 1.00pm and stopped for lunch at this very fancy expensive restaurant with amazing views over the countryside and moutains. Just turned onto Highway 1 and a Policeman stood out in front of us and waved us over – we followed the most important role of biking abroad – ignore the local laws. We pretended we didn’t see him and drove on but Julia and Martin stopped for their third speeding ticket …it would be a 300,000 Dong fine this time (since there were three cops). Heading into Saigon the traffic started building up about 50km outside the city and the rain started. Mighty May doesn’t like getting wet so once again ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 December 15th 2012

We braced ourselves to once again become part of the masses and board the bus... We gave up trying to figure out what the best bus to take was (so many companies offer the same thing with slight variations, and we know they all offer buses/conditions that have little to no root in reality – new buses, toilets, etc...) and booked through our hotel in Saigon. This is how the bus trip went (we didn't know it but we ended up on the cheaper bus, on the plus side there were many locals on it, on the downside, no toilets and it was so hot we couldn't do anything except sit upright and wait for it to be over...): First we were to drive to the border at Moc Bai. The «guide» offered to do the ... read more
Angkor Wat

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 December 11th 2012

Since we had the time, we decided to take the scenic route from Vinh Long to My Tho, and soak up our last day of driving on small roads, and off the beaten track. We took the ferry to Cho Lach, drove around Ben Tre Island, through mango groves and jakfruit plantations, by fishing villages and endless markets. We soaked up the coffee as well, and even stopped to take photos of precarious, overpacked motorbikes on their way to market. Arriving in Tan An that evening, we could feel the proximity of HCMC, the modernity and the traffic, and felt so lucky to have been able to experience the true face of the country in such a close and intimate way. The next day we drove into HCMC, and all the pictures of maps we had ... read more
The backstreets
HCMC traffic
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 December 10th 2012

When deciding to go travelling around Asia often people would ask of one thing that I really wanted to achieve. After exploring the countries on a map I thought that it would be pretty cool to cycle from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. So here is how I have set myself up for the challenge. Before I start it is best to clear up any misconceptions, I am not a sportsman or an advanced cyclist, although I did get my cycling proficiency certificate as a teenager. My prior experience of cycling mainly consists of childhood summers spent on a bike and the occasional bike ride as an adult (last year approximately 10, none more than 30miles). I do however have a theory to support any long distance amateur cycling trip and based on this I ... read more
In a tunnel entrace
Survival Hammock

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 November 24th 2012

Au mois d'août j'ai visité mon premier pays asiatique: le Vietnam(viêt du sud). C'est vraiment un très beau pays, quand on arrive en avion pour atterrir à l'aéroport de Ho Chi Minh la vue sur la ville est magnifique. Ancienne Saigon, Ho Chi Minh est la plus grande ville du Vietnam (à ne pas confondre avec Hanoï qui est la capitale). C'est aussi la ville ou je vais passer une semaine de vacances pendant que la miss travaille, autant profiter de l'hôtel 5 étoiles (Rex Hôtel). L'histoire du Vietnam est très riche (histoire du Vietnam), elle fut notamment une colonie française pendant près de 100 ans. Cette colonisation se termina par la guerre d'indochine, puis la guerre du Vietnam. Il ressort de la colonisation une grande... read more


Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 November 17th 2012

Hello friends and family! You probably know by now that we made it to Vietnam! Hooray! Here's a brief recap of our 30 hours in transit... On the morning of Wednesday, November 14, our friend Ed was kind enough to pick us up at 4:30 a.m. and drive us to the Charleston, SC, airport (Thanks Ed! You rock!). Once there, we were informed that our first flight to Newark, NJ was having luggage issues - in other words, if we took the flight our luggage may or may not make it to our final destination...not good. Thankfully, the woman helping us was nice enough to put us on a different flight that went through Houston instead. Relieved, we took the Houston flight, which, though slightly longer, went smoothly. However, when we got there, we realized that ... read more
HCMC locals
Statue of Ho Chi Minh
View from the rooftop of a skyscraper

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 November 16th 2012

Jeeeeez!! Today has been mental! We booked an organised tour to the Mekong Delta last night so were up bright and early at 7am for brekkie and then walked down to the tour shop to catch our bus ride there... We got on the bus which was completely full except for two seats right at the back between a group of arab men and a big fat chinese woman. Sean got the short straw and was next to the chinese woman who had her rolls smothering him for the whole journey giving me extreme amounts of entertainment haha! Anyway the bus got going and straight away I realised this was going to be the most unrelaxing journey EVER. The driver was absolutely insain, I mean the roads are bad enough with bikes weaving in and out ... read more
Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta again

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 November 15th 2012

Had a very educational day today.. and quite scary! Last night we went and planned a day trip to a place called The Cu Chi Tunnels which is basically an underground series of the smallest, hottest, darkest, claustrophobicy tunnels you can ever imagine! They were made during the vietnamese war for the suvillians to live in and were built so small so that the american soldiers couldnt fit in them! We went and learnt about those and had to crawl through meters of them and everyone came out sweating buckets as it was so ridiculousllyyyyy HOT! We came back and are now just chilling before we go out for dinner as the heat just saps out all your energy. Oh another thing, the SMELLS in this country are revolting! Every few meters that you walk there ... read more
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scary tunnels

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 November 14th 2012

Well today has been interesting... Got up had chicken noodles for brekkie which was a bit strange, got chatting to a couple from NZ who seem cool and will hopefully have a drink or two with them tonight. We then decided to go to a massive market called Ben Than but on the way were getting hassled left right and centre from loads of Thai men on mopeds asking to take us on tours. In the end we decided to just go for it as there was a lot to see and the city is too big to get around on by foot. Jumped on the back of a moped each and got taken around to a few different places which we wouldn't have otherwise seen. First we stopped off at The war remnant museum which ... read more
sean and his moped man
me and my moped man

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 November 13th 2012

Well we have arrived safe and sound :) .. after a long long journey, and very nearly missing our connecting flight from Istanbul to Ho CHi Minh. We were too busy playing rummy then all of a sudden realised we hadnt even checked what time we were supposed to board the plane! Rushed over to have a look at the screen and in BIG red capitals was flashing 'LAST CALL' =O so we had to run all the way to the other side of the airport to the right gate and got on when every single other passenger was sitting comoftably in their seats! phew! Anyway we got a cab from the airport and the whole way to the hostle I was laughing as I was so shocked at how mad the streets are. Thousands of ... read more
the start of the lonng journey
the plane we almost missed!
high in the sky

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