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


Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 February 2nd 2013

The mission: Tet Holiday (2weeks) in Cambodia with $232 Feb 2 2013 Gate 10 waiting room. I should be relaxed and happy but sitting here I had a strange feeling of pressure and anticipation. 2 weeks of freedom ahead of me and a small backpack holding all the essentials (super compact sleeping bag, a change of clothes appropriate for temples, my kindle, camera, ipod and a few toiletries). A few deep breathes and some good tunes helps me loosen up. This is the first trip of it’s kind. No real schedule, no big luggage, no money and couch surfing. My tentative plan is to arrive in Saigon at 5pm and catch the night bus to Cambodia, Phnom Penh to be exact. From there just go where the wind takes me, with the only goals of seeing ... read more
Birds eye view
on the banks

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 January 15th 2013

Day one: img=data:image/png;base64,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... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 January 8th 2013

Hope you all had a great christmas and new year. As I said in the last blog spent crimbo at the beach doing a great deal of nothing a fair amount of drinking and far too much eating. Shot back through Phnom Penh over night before getting the bus across the border to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. Had an uneventful journey until we hit Saigon at rush hour which was a nightmare. At one point we ground to a halt with no sign of it going anywhere. The old bill were there blowing whistles and inefectually waving thier arms about but to no avail. So I abandoned the bus and got a motorbike taxi for the last few miles. It probably wasn't as safe as the bus what with the driver trying to steer with ... read more
Bats in the belfry
Madame Guillotine
Sleeping bus

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 January 1st 2013

I wake up bright as spark this morning almost bouncing out of bed, seeing that it was only 6am I head down to Skype family, weird to think that at home its still 2012!!! We don't get up to much today just enjoy a chilled day before leaving tomorrow. We do manage to find a cinema to match the film the Hobbit .....WOW love it and here we paid £1.75 each!!!... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 December 31st 2012

The lonely planet book that we've got reccomends a walking tour round d the city to see some of the highlights, so we Head off to take in the sights we haven't seen yet within the District 1 area. Firstly heading over to the peoples committee building, the former city hall, this beautiful building is noticible for its ornate renaissance-inspired façade and apparently one of the most photographed building in Vietnam. We are taking pictures from the park opposite which holds the statue of Ho Chi Minh himself. I. The opposite direction the is a very tall green glass sky scraper, I'm not sure of the name of this but at night time we have seen this from where we are staying, the light show that come from it is incredible. Its like an 80's stereo ... read more
View from HCM statue
St. Mary
Notre Dame Cathedral


Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 December 30th 2012

Today we didnt do alot of anything so I've decided to try something new for this one... Everywhere we have been I have found it fascinating at where people will fall asleep, so every chance I can the camera has come out. This is my top ten so far, hope you find them as amusing as I did......... read more
Angkor Wat
One of my favourites
I cant believe this one

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
Photo 7
Photo 8
Photo 3

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
Excample 1

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

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