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

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Rooftop of the Rex Hotel
Cu Chi Tunnels
Evening, Saigon

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

Arrived in Saigon very early after the sleeper train and after checking into our hotel we headed to the Cu Chi tunnels. this is a huge network of underground tunnels where the vietnamese hid and fought from during the war. the network is really extensive but the spaces are very small and claustrophobic. (and filled with bugs!! you will probably be seeing a common theme in all of my blogs about bugs!!) Also visited the War museum today which was very harrowing - so many innocent people killed and very graphic photos to show it. Tuesday was the Mekong Delta and we took a boat along the Mekong River and saw floating markets, a coconut candy factory, popcorn factory (lots of free samples!) and rowed a sanpan whilst wearing a conical hat! We stayed with a ... read more
Cu Chi tunnels
Hedd in a hole!
Hedd shooting an AK47

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

What a country! What a place! I absolutely love it. The people are brilliant, the scenery is out of this world, the culture, the craziness; it's all just so... so... ASIAN! Finally a country with both a safe infrastructure and a crazy dangerous blend of the eastern world with western influences. Thankfully not too western though. Both Helen and I are very glad that Vietnam was our last country in SE Asia because it is simply manic, crazy! Everyone wants something from you - whether it is your money or a simple broken English conversation... everyone is moving, jostling, eating, drinking... you can't walk on the path because families are cooking their food on them; you can't walk on the roads because there are more bikes than mosquitos. Walking is by far the most dangerous hazard ... read more
Easy Riding
They just get cuter!
Grandma Phong

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

Kane Waiting for a girl we are travelling with so thats why I'm posting. Got cut off once on the plane over, but just went to different crew members for drinks. We are staying in Chinatown of Saigon and went Exploring last night, after talking to alot of locals, one of them organised a cab for us to go somewhere to dance. We ended up at Gossip. This place was balistic. A Dance club for locals, sure the alcohol was Sydney club prices except for Cognac which was about 20% of the Aussie price but the venue and music was one of the best I've been to in a year or two. I lost my watch last night. I left it in a hotel and when I went back I couldn't even find the hotel. Good ... read more

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

Hello Everybody, It has been a little while since I last wrote. Hopefully this website will work okay and will be easy to manage for both you and me. I am fairly computer illiterate so this is somewhat of an acheivement for me if it works. Right now we are in Mui Ne (pronounced moo-nay) which is in South Vietnam and it is our third day here. It is a nice "beachy" place again and it is a lot nicer than Sihanoukville where we had been staying before in Cambodia.It is a lot cleaner and there are hardly any hawkers (I have only seen two and they didn't even bother me!) Since having last written I turned the big 3-0 and it really was pretty painless. Thank you again for all your e-cards and birthday messages. ... read more
Sokha beach resort
 Our Little Hitchhiker!
Roy relaxing


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

We arrived right in the middle of the backpacker area of Saigon (as the locals still refer to it) in the early evening giving us enough time to check into a guesthouse and get some food before getting some much-needed sleep. The Pham Ngu Lao area (still no idea how you say it!) is definitely geared up to tourists - plenty of western food and crafts shops - but has it's fair share of locals enjoying the cheap beer so it's a pretty nice atmosphere. On our first full day here we decided to visit the War Crimes Museum which is an undeniably one-sided look at the Vietnam war (it used to be called the Musem of Chinese and American War Crimes) and doesn't give a particularly good overview of the war, but it has some ... read more
Cu Chi tunnels
Caodai temple
Caodai ceremony

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City May 30th 2006

Saigon (April 24 - April 30) Note: We have referred to Ho Chi Minh City throughout our blog as Saigon for three reasons: (i) It's shorter and so requires less typing from us, (ii) Most people that we have met in Southern Vietnam also call it Saigon and (iii) Roger refuses to use the name given the city by communists. We really enjoyed our time in Saigon and liked it much more than Bangkok. It’s a pretty city and from the area around Pham Ngu Lao in District 1, a nexus of backpacker friendly accommodations and services, you can walk to most of the places that you would want to go (although there are many motos and taxis for hire as well). We felt like Saigon (more than anywhere else we have been so far) is ... read more
Capitalism and Communism
Reunification Palace
Streetside Barber Shop

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

Whilst we have been travelling we had heard several stories of how dangerous and dodgy Saigon was, so it was with some trepidation that we arrived off our bus after dark. Fortunately most of these stories were largely unfounded (we only saw 1 drive-by robbery in the 2 days we were there) and we really enjoyed the city. The first morning we were feeling energetic so decided to do a walking tour of the city to take in all the major sights. The tour took us around 7 hours to complete as we were interrupted by a massive thunder and lightning storm and had to hide out in a cafe for about an hour. We managed to see the municipal theatre, Notre Dame Cathedral (Vietnam style), Post Office, Reunification Palace (couldn't get in as it was ... read more
Post Office
Notre Dame Cathedral
Intricate artwork inside a pagoda in Cholon

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City May 28th 2006

In Northern China people famously joke that Southern China's Cantonese people will eat anything that flies, except a plane; anything that swims, except a submarine, and anything that has legs, except the table. The same joke could be applied to the Vietnamese. We could have feasted on dog meat in Hanoi, but decided not to. Feeling like we had missed an opportunity to taste some truly exotic food, I vowed to try something I had never eaten before in Saigon... and I got the opportunity not once, but twice... We arrived in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) on Wednesday evening on a Pacific Airlines flight from Da Nang. After checking into our hotel, Miss Loi's Guesthouse in Co Giang, we took a xe om to a restaurant that could apparently aid in my quest for dodgy ... read more
Inside Giac Lam Pagoda
Temple art
Reunification Palace

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City May 27th 2006

Dear readers, I'm moving that fast now I can barely remember where I am. I left Cambodia 2 days ago & cruised into Vietnam courtesy of the Mekong river. Once off the boat & on terra firma in Chau Doc we had the usual fun & games with the "taxi" or "cyclo" drivers. We arrive, having done our homework & therefore armed with the necessary to know which budget accommodation we want to check out first. Well...forget that! Once we are on/in their vehicle they blatantly ignore or request & take us to a hotel that will reward them with wonga for depositing us there. This type of gentle scam is something that we're familiar with now, & I understand their reasons for doing this, but after a tiring, sweaty day travelling it does wear a ... read more
A shop in Can Tho

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