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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 May 19th 2014

We arrived into Ho Chi Minh in true style… we definitely weren't used to airports by this stage of the trip! We stayed in a great little guesthouse called 4 Boys (the old lady owner has 4 boys), and could walk to heaps of the attractions in Ho Chi Minh. The southern Vietnamese still call it Saigon which was the city's name prior to liberation by the north at the end of the war. The food is slightly different and so are the people in comparison to the north but they are still very proud of their country. The city is the business centre of Vietnam (Hanoi is the government and departments centre as it is the capital) and is really flourishing. In the centre of the city you could be mistaken for thinking that it ... read more
Our staple meal of Pho Bo
Ho Chi Minh Reunification Palace
On the Mekong Delta

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City April 20th 2014

I was 10 years old in 1970. My father became friends with a pharmaceutical representative who had four sons and one daughter. Our family had three daughters and one son, me. Once and awhile, my mom would send me to play with the boys and take their daughter home to play with my sisters, presumably to give me some exposure to testosterone and their only daughter some exposure to estrogen. On one visit, their father and the oldest son (Dale) were glued to the TV set. Dale was wondering if he would be drafted to go to Vietnam that day. He was not drafted that day, but I think he was later. He was one of the lucky ones. He didn’t come home in a box. Luckily, I was too young to go to Vietnam. 18 ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 April 16th 2014

ein eher unspektakulärer tag beginnt mit einem activity-frühstück: menü-karten sind in can tho weiterhin nur auf vietnamesisch und auf der straße wird gekauft, worauf der finger zeigt. die auswahl ist erfreulich, auch auf unserer dreistündigen busfahrt von can tho nach saigon missen wir keine toiletten. zurück in der großstadt beginnt die übliche suche nach lunch, die heute etwas mühsam, schlussendlich jedoch erfolgreich ausfällt. mon hue mit markus' geliebten rice cakes (mittlerweile bestellen wir “ri”, nicht “rice”, weil das so hier ausgesprochen wird… vietnam-english!) und super teure ice cream in fanny's. wir machen noch einen abstecher in den financial tower, drehen aber bei den kaffeepreisen im 50. stock schnell wieder um. ich habe keine lust, für einen kaffee soviel zu zahlen, wie uns ein gemeinsames essen kostet…auch nicht, wenn er gleich viel wie in euro... read more
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saigon financial district/no1
the art of food

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City April 11th 2014

h2 style="border: 0px; -webkit-transform: translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px); margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 16px 0px 0px; outline: 0px;"heute bricht uns ho chi minh's china town. nach frühstück in einer sehr europäischen bäckerei durchqueren wir die noch erträglich schwüle stadt richtung war remnants museum. obwohl uns lonely planet ob der schweren kost dort gewarnt hat, sind wir nach zwei stunden fotographie der kriegsverbrechen im american war beide fassungslos. die bilder über massaker und die auswirkungen von agent orange bis heute verursachen eine übelkeit, die sich den ganzen tag halten soll. das schlimmste an den, wenn auch recht einseitig dargestellten, artefakten ist die gewissheit, dass etwas sehr vergleichbares gerade jetzt in afghanistan und irak passiert. natürlich sind die wunden des zweiten weltkrieges in europa noch zu finden, aber die geschichte des 30-jähr... read more
china town
räucher-spiralen

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City April 10th 2014

unser letzter morgen in mui ne und wir frühstücken noch einmal mit direktem meerblick bevor die fünfstündige busfahrt nach ho chi minh city angetreten wird. bekanntlich versagen die klimaanlagen der open busses nach spätestens einer stunde und so ist es auch heute - aus den lüftungen strömt viel zu schnell viel zu warme luft und ein horde touris wie einheimische schwitzen gut vier stunden in ihren plastiksitzen… zu mittag erreichen wir aber hcmc und finden auch erstaunlich schnell in unser gut verstecktes und sehr typisches hotel, das vy khanh guesthouse in einer so kleinen nebenstraße, dass das durchschieben mit großem rucksack schon schwierig wird… mopeds schaffen es allerdings auf unerfindliche weise auch hier hindurch! brav lassen wir unsere flip flops vor der tür, erhalten stadtplan und tipps durch das liebvolle hotelpersonal und machen uns umgehend auf ... read more
souvenir löwin
saigon family van
central post office

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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 March 23rd 2014

A great few days exploring and eating... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 12th 2014

After another bus journey from Mui Ne we arrived in Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City. I'm going to call it Saigon on here because it's easier type! Plus it's how the locals refer to the city anyway. The weather here was boiling. I think its the first time we've hit 40°c+ on our travels and with the humidity it really gets quite uncomfortable, my flip flops even started to melt a little. Considering we started Vietnam in Hanoi and it was only 15°c and we needed a heater at night to now finish Vietnam in Saigon and the temp being 40°c it is a massive contrast from the North to the South of the country. While in the city we strolled past the Presidential Palace, their Notre Dame Cathedral and also their central post office, ... read more
Kev's normal Vietnamese lunch.
Carly's normal Vietnamese lunch.
War Remnants Museum (outside)

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 11th 2014

HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) Saturday 1st March We’ve been to the north and now the centre so our next move is to the south. Saigon here we come! After a delay of half an hour Vietnam Airlines ferried us on to Ho Chi Minh City. We were impressed by the airline with its very new planes and the on board service. By the time we were settled in the Sheraton Saigon Hotel and settled down, we were ready to step out and look around. Saigon has a population of around 8 million but, even so, it is more orderly than Hanoi. There is a population of 90 million in Vietnam and 35 million motorbikes and scooters. The real challenge is cross the road with cars, motor bikes and push ... read more
Nui Dat. Near Long Tan
Vietnam Vets lay a wreath in Long Tan
Luscombe Airstrip is now a road near Nui Dat

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 10th 2014

Gosh! I know I've been a bit slack on the blog front but have had bit going on. My three month visa was up on the first of March so I had to leave the country or so I thought. Some people say it's not necessary, others assume you still have to. I assumed I had to so had a little holiday in Bangkok. Not sure if it was the area I stayed in....on the Chao Praya river near the Krung Thon Buri BTS or if it's happening all over Bangkok, but prices seem to be rising at a staggering rate eg to buy peeled and chopped fruit at the end of last year in the Sukhumvit area, you would be charged 10 baht per piece. Now it is 20 baht per piece. Plus I noticed ... read more
Techno bathroom
Tough life!
Baby tortoises

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 7th 2014

Writing this a little retrospectively as now back home in the UK. Didn’t manage to finish this while we were away, just too busy. Not quite as early a start today though 8.30am is quite early enough when you’re on holiday. We really have been quite hectic this trip, good thing we have had the two relaxing days at the beach. As yesterday our little coach collected us from the hotel reception and we set off for a 90 minute trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels. We were heading for Ben Dinh which is quite close to the Cambodian border and also the Saigon river. The 75 miles of very narrow tunnels allowed movement between the two countries and also had exits to the river. They were used extensively by the Viet Cong during the Vietnamese ... read more
Orchid transporters
Can never get far from scooters when travelling through Saigon
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