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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City January 31st 2014

Accommodation - Liberty Central Hotel Weather - Hot, sunny & blue skies - 30c 'Chuc Mung Nam Moi' - Happy New Year in Vietnamese. What a day to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon - the Vietnamese New Year's Eve (Tet). The city is in full 'Tet' celebrations. Having arrived at our hotel at 20.00hrs we head out at 21.30hrs, jet-lag keeping us awake, to join in with the fun. Within walking distance of our hotel the streets are ablaze with festive lights hanging across the streets, in the trees, on buildings and there are vast crowds of locals all arriving on an almost never ending stream of motorcycles from every direction. 2014 is the Vietnamese Year of the Horse - which explains why there are so many images and statues of horses!! We ... read more
2014 - the Vietnamese Year of the Horse
Notre Dame Cathedral - Saigon
The globe represented in green lights with Vietnam in orange.

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City January 30th 2014

Arrived in Saigon last night...no one here calls it Ho Chi Minh City...and immediately noticed the contrast with Hanoi and indeed Bangkok. Hanoi has the Communist govt and is the Capitol of unified Vietnam, whilst Saigon is the business and shopping capital. It oozes wealth and sophistication and could be any major city in the world, inc Paris or London..it has all the big name expensive stores, no visible street markets (although they do exist), and food and beer 50% more expensive! It does still have squadrons of scooters and m/cs, but also plenty of good cars..and no tuktuks.. We did still see chickens wandering the town center, which was a bit bizzare. We visited the Chu Chi region where the surviving Viet Cong tunnels are. We had the rare privelidge of having as our guide, ... read more
Saigon,  Catholic Cathedral
Saigon,  Opera house
Saigon, Tet Dragon Dance

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City January 29th 2014

Found a rare quiet moment whilst waiting transfer to airport for short flight to Saigon, now aka Ho Chi Min city. Not quite the,same though, is it? Hoi Ann is a relatively peaceful place though the center is a bit manic with the driver's...mainly m/cs and cycles having absolutely no rules..its crammed with markets, and of course, the famous tailors. We went a bit daft yesterday cos its so cheap and they ship it home. So new suits, jacket, shirts, dresses and blouses. Shirley got some stuff made too. More bike rides in country round paddy fields, riding water buffalo, and playing at farmers. 3 nights here, which afforded a rare opportunity to unpack the bags and air the, by now, well worn wardrobe! Also gave us a fair bit of free time just to stroll ... read more
 Family outing
Off to kindergarten
Taking kids for a walk

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 January 29th 2014

We have had a very interesting few dáys in Ho Chi Minh City. The War Remnants Museum is very powerful and well worth the visit. We also saw the historic póst office, The Reunification Palace and the big Chinese Market. The weather hás bêen plus 29 most days and not a drop òf rain. At night ít remains hot so people move outside to eat and drink. The city is in high gear for the lunar New year. Mag leaves tonight for California. Nora has a few more days here. Pictures to follow.... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City January 27th 2014

Arrived Ho Chi Minh City mid-afternoon. Had a good walk around our area -- so far, so good. Heading out for a full day now. More later.... read more

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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 December 20th 2013

Mui Ne is basically a gorgeous little holiday town. They've built right up to the beach, leaving just enough space to walk down and watch the insane number of wind and kite surfers. We hired a kayak and attempted to paddle against the current - knackering! Loved it. Our hotel had a pool which was awesome, gonna miss how much you get for your money in Vietnam! Food still ridiculously cheap as well! And we've got used to the fact that meals never arrive at the same time.. Haha. Before heading to the capital we did a Thai cooking class.. Ended up being the only 1s on it! Went to the market to have some free samples and spent the next 2 hrs making pancakes, spring rolls, beef noodle soup, salads and sauces. Good day! On ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 December 11th 2013

On Friday it was time to say goodbye to Singapore. Exchange was over and it was time to begin traveling. Arrived in Saigon about 5pm and headed to the Vietnam Inn Saigon. Was close to the backpacker ghetto around Pham Ngu Lao but not right in the thick of things which means it was a bit quieter. Friday evening was just spent wandering around Pham Ngu Lao and trying to get a feel for the chaotic city. Saturday morning began with a walk to The War Remnants museum which showcases some of the equipment left behind by the Americans including tanks, air planes, guns, etc. It also has an extensive collection of photographs on display which chronicles the war. Much of it has a bit of propaganda thrown in but it's not overwhelming. Many of the ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 November 22nd 2013

Xin Jow! Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant, busy city. In comparison to Bangkok and Phnom Penh it seems cleaner. There doesn't seem to be as many cars and bikes parked on the pavements. Rarely we have to walk on the road to get anywhere which is nice! Ho Chi Minh is also known as Saigon. Saigon is the old name of the city and is still the official name for the city centre. The name Ho Chi Minh comes from the man, Ho Chi Minh, who was the leader of a party that fought for Independence from the French ruling. Our first day in Ho Chi Minh, we decided to have an easy day as we had a lot of super early mornings the days previous. When we finally got up, we had a ... read more
Ben Thanh Market
Torture techniques in prisons
From the top of the Bitexco Financial Tower

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City November 20th 2013

Tak uz sme v Kambodzi. Chcelo to len strastiplnych 20 hodin v autobuse no zvladli sme to. Ale pekne po poriadku. Posledne dva dni sme stravili v Ho Chi Minh City. Je to najvacsie mesto vo Vietname a bolo to aj citit. Mali sme z neho mensi sok kedze posobilo skor ako Peking a novy mrakodrap rastol na kazdom rohu. Docestovali sme na obed tak sme hned vyrazili na prieskum. Zabludili sme dost daleko a nakoniec sme dosli az po Zoologicku zahradu na konci centra. Je tam co obzerat od novych hypermodernych mrakodrapov s heliportami az po staru francuzsku katedralu alebo budovu starej stanice navrhnutu panom Eiffelom. Doprava je tu snad este sialenejsia ako v Hanoi a kluckovat pomedzi motorky a auta chce velku davku odvahy. Vecer sme sa uz len presli novou stvrtou kde uz ... read more
Upratovacia cata v parku..
Vyzdoba v parku
Saigonska katedrala

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City November 6th 2013

We are now in Ho Chi Minh, back to the land of madness!! I'll fill you in on Hoi An though first! To be really honest there's not a lot to fill you in on, we really used the 4 days there to completely chill out and recharge our batteries, it was really needed!! We even had a bd day (eek!!!) on Sunday we chilled out watching films all day only going out to have dinner lol but it was perfect. On Monday though we got a moped for the day and headed to the beach. It was so so windy though, apparently another storm was on its way (Hoi An got hit by the typhoon a couple of weeks ago). We got to the beach and were only able to sit out for about an ... read more
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