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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
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saigon family van
central post office

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

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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
breakfast  anyone ?

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 5th 2014

A day in the city, exploring, as next two days are reserved for trips out and about. We had intended first of all to visit the Reunification Palace which is in the park a little way up from the hotel. A check of the guide book showed it was closed 11am to 1pm and our timing was out so we decided to leave it for another day. A little odd when we headed out in that direction, right along the park where the map showed it to be, we couldn’t see it. The invisible palace. Our first stop was the Cathedral, very French in design of course as it was built during the French colonial period and the same for the magnificent Post Office building, built and decorated in an altogether grand style. A popular tourist ... read more
Sahdy tree lined boulevard in Saigon
first of the Saigon wedding photos of the day - not a real wedding we think
Saigon Cathedral

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 4th 2014

Not much to today. Got up, had breakfast, packed our bags and checked out. Realised later we must have left the little camera somewhere – that room had a lot of cupboards and drawers. Not worth asking hotel to post it on as postage probably cost more than camera is worth. May email Nha Trang and Hue hotels to see if they found it when we get back to Jane’s. We hadn’t checked but had expected the airport to be a little inland, back from the sea. nstead we headed south following the coast. Spotted a few luxury style resorts and the road was all laid out with flowers down the centre, for miles, along the way. Drive was about 30 minutes and we were well in time for our flight. Far too well as it ... read more
Airport to Saigon
Airport taxi to Saigon
First experience of Saigon scooters

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 February 25th 2014

So its time to move on from Cambodia... but i've learnt so much and have to recommend it to anyone that is into a culture that is pretty rich in history. The Gloria Anglor hotel was amazing.. and my guide Pysth also was great. Apparently WWE wrestler John Cena is a popular figurehead here as I was repeatly reffered to by the name from the local people when walking in to a restuarant or bar and having a drink. I took it as a compliment. The temples are worth the hype and the sunrise at Ankor Wat is unparrell to anything i've seen. I recommend taking the 3 day pass ($40).. do the temples in the morning and relax and in the afternoon. it gets hot at 2pm and its easy to get "templed out" and ... read more
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