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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City August 8th 2006

A very long uncomfortable bus journey and we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, (I prefer its original name.. Saigon). Some good scenery on the way similar to what I expected from films that I've seen. We had a few river crossings on the way where we had to get off the bus and rush onto a ferry like lunatics trying to get past the many motorbikes! Loads of people and vehicles all crammed on. After an 8 or 9 hour journey we arrived in Saigon.. comfy bed and air con... perfect. Headed to the market for a quick look and discovered that the most difficult thing was crossing the road! The traffic doesn't stop here, even if there is a pedestrian crossing. It just keeps going and swerves past the pedestrians as they try to ... read more
Motorbikes
Cyclo's in Saigon
Kid with baloons

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City August 5th 2006

The Lonely Planet describes Saigon as 'a thousand motor-biking bandana bedecked bandits in a giant traffic accident waiting to happen' and I can't sum it up any better than that. Crossing the road is an adrenaline sport, which I'm sure I could market in an extreme sports pumped up place like New Zealand. The staying alive strategy goes something like this: say small prayer, slowly step out into oncoming traffic, don't walk too quickly or slowly as this allows bikes to weave around you, don't make eye contact with drivers because then they have no obligation to avoid you, reach other side and marvel for 5 mins that you're intact! I'm now into country number 6 of my trip and still loving every day. The best part is doing and seeing something different everyday. Yesterday, for ... read more
AK girl

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City August 3rd 2006

Our last week in Vietnam as probably been the best for us, mainly due to Dalat. Easyriding in Dalat Dalat is a town in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and has long been a favorite for travellers because of its cooler temperatures and picturesque countryside. It was a recreational town for the French when they controlled the country and the many deteriorating fabulous villas are a testament to this. Dalat is known among travellers for the Easyriders, an informal group of guys that will tour you around the countryside on the back of their motorcycles. You don't have to worry about finding them because they will find you, with an incredible ability to spot a new backpacker. We met up with Hiep our first day and arranged a one day countryside tour with him and his ... read more
Dalat Market
Pagoda Dragon
Patti - easyriding

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City August 2nd 2006

Experiences to date.... Asia » Vietnam » Saigon By Nick and Tessa August 2nd 2006 Nicholas Peters and Tessa Brudevold-IversenThis blog will be a photo journal. We don't intend to write much about our experiences but we will upload photos on a regular basis. Enjoy. ... read more
Well well well...
Notre Dame Tower
Storm coming...

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City August 1st 2006

Well we finally arived in HCM,tired bur excited Kat and I have both been looking foward to Nam. As to be expected the city was nuts but in a good way. We started by getting of the bus and making our way to a bar called Guns n Roses, yep welcome to the jungle baby. I left Kat with the bags and went missioning for suitable accomadation, by the time I returned Kat had made friends with the barmaid and was teaching her English. We spent the rest of the day walking around checking out the markets and trying not to get killed every time we crossed the road. Fear Factor ha! Try crossing the a four lane road at peak hour in HCM. We also had our first cup of Vietnam coffee, pure rocket fuel ... read more
Time warp
Palace
Palace

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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 31st 2006

The walking tour of saigon began with ........ read more
Tran Nguyen Hai
Ben Thanh Market
Fine Arts Museaum

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 29th 2006

I endured a 5 hr flight to Singapore from New Delhi. It was well worth the wait and the airplane food (which I quite enjoyed so I don't know why I complain. Singapore's Changi airport is like a dream come true... scratch that, an ammalgamation of dreams from the widest spread of characters. I won't take away from it by trying to describe it in words or in pictures... YOU MUST GO THERE INSTEAD. I spent a while getting through immigrations at Saigon... the queue would not move. Then I got to the city. There are a lot of tourists here. I was hoping it would be off-season (i.e. monsoon would scare everyone off, but that was not the case). Anyways, from what I have seen, HCMC is great. Very green-- a comment that I seemed ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 29th 2006

Just a quick blog to say thank you for all the messages wishing us a happy anniversary and also a big thankyou for all the wedding presents recieved last year that have help make our 1st year married unforgetable. Thank You!... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 26th 2006

My first day in Nha Trang I spent relaxing on the beach. Nha Trang is a hot spot for Vietnamese vacations so the beach was absolutly packed with lots and lots of Vietnamese people. In the Asia culture it's not attractive for women to be tanned, the whiter a women is the more attractive they are to the men. When you see Asia women driving motorbikes or out on the street during the day they have gloves on that cover their entire arms and wear masks and scarfs that cover everything on their head except a small hole for their eyes. So on the beach a lot of the Vietnamese women were fully dressed and covered, and the most bizarre thing was when they went swimming they just hopped in the water with their entire outfit ... read more
War buttons
American Spy Plane from the War
Bomb




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