Blogs from District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Southeast, Vietnam, Asia - page 45


Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 March 12th 2010

In the spring of 2009, Vodnie, a friend and former LanguageCorps student of ours, stopped by the house on her motorbike. She was leaving in two days to study abroad in Australia and wanted to drop something off to leave in our care while she was away. Walking up the stairs, she held a plastic red cup, the sort arranged in V-formation on a table at any collegiate function, and covered the top with her hand. Then, outside Kate’s room, kneeling down, she freed the opening and gently tipped the cup to reveal its content. I remember I was first struck by his hue, an overwhelming green, all sorts and shades, so many greens, with two wicked orange stripes running behind each eye. And his size, or, lack thereof. No more the width of one’s palm, ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 March 6th 2010

Our arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) was about 9 PM and still hot. It was not nearly as hot as Phuket, but still a whole lot hotter than home in Minnesota. Our first order of business was to get local currency and we got lucky. The ATM made both of us millionaires! For a chance at the lifestyle of the rich and famous (well, at least rich) we asked for and received 2 million Dong at a total cost of a tad over $100 USD. At least my new-found wealth was short lived as I paid 300,000 VND (Viet Nam Dong) for our taxi ride to the hotel. Oh well, easy come, easy go. At all times of the day and night, the streets of HCMC (which Loren and I know as Hennepin County ... read more
Bees at rest
Tanks for the memories
Map - S. Vietnam

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 February 16th 2010

Went back to Ho Chi Minh... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 February 8th 2010

We woke early and had a nose on the internet for accomodation in Phuket. We had to check out of our hotel, and decided to go eat, pork and rice in a stall was nice and simple just how I like it. There was a lot of time killing today, so we had a stroll in the park, went to some shops, hit some bars, before we knew it we needed to get a taxi to the airport for our flight back to Thailand. It was pretty much midnight when we arrived in Phuket, so jumped on a packed minibus to Patong, found our hostel, and had a late night dirty McDonalds.... read more
Leaving Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh Airport
Ho Chi Minh Airport

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 February 6th 2010

After a slight lyin we got ready and started walking to the War remnants museum, on route grabbing a refreshing coconut with straw from a street cart. We arrived a bit late and was closed for dinner so we found a small noodle shack 'Pho Nho' and had some real beef with noodles!! Back to the museum and I was impressed instantly with the planes, tanks and really heavy artillery!! The museum shopped some pretty graphic and horrific stuff but was a really worthwhile experience. We walked back to District 1 and decided to get an all over body massage, $12, or 8 quid for both of us! It was fantastic, although I was pretty scared having a women walking on and cracking my spine! Otherwise, heaven! Feeling pretty sleepy we had a few drinks in ... read more
Street Coconut
War Memorial Museum
War Memorial Museum

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 February 5th 2010

Following breakfast we jumped on a bus to Ho Chi Minh City. The bus was comfy, which was a welcome change and at some back and beyond village we stopped off for some food; chicken carcus and rice, always tasty! Arriving at Ho chi minh was stressful in the blistering heat with millions of racing cars and motorbikes, but eventually we arrived at the Western Quarter, and found a small, cheap hotel on Pham Ngu Lao street in District 1. Immediately after dropping off our gear it was time to head out for coffee and sarnies. The rest of the day we chilled out and had a few drinks.... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 October 13th 2009

Saigon, Vietnam The locals prefer to call this city Saigon rather than Ho Chi Minh City, and after visiting, it seems to be a much more endearing name. We flew in over what looked like patty fields and amazing scenery. I have never seen anything quite like it. Once we got through the 'health' scanners, immigration (which is a very serious business mind you!) and customs we finally got out into the arrival hall of Ton Sut Nuht Airport and were ’accosted’ by lots & lots of people offering us a taxi into the city! Very funny! Saigon is much more humid than Singapore but still manageable so far thank goodness. Once in our taxi (AU$13 from airport to hotel in city) we thought we could relax. Big mistake. The driving here is ... I don't ... read more
View from our hotel
Saigon streets
Saigon streets

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 August 18th 2008

After a few days in Hue we caught a bus to Hoi An, which was about 4 hours away. Hoi An is an incredibly pretty coastal town, which appeared completely immune to the monsoon rains we had experienced elsewhere. During our 6 days here the weather was brilliant blue sky and scorching sunshine which appeared to magnify its beauty. Hoi An is a very old town, with charming narrow lanes and characteristic colonial buildings. Over the centuries it has been influenced by many different trading cultures that have made their mark here. We spent lots of time just wandering around the roads stopping in cafes and shops. The central old town is not very big but exudes an enormous amount of atmosphere and charm. At night the sound of oriental music adds to this and drifts ... read more
Hoi An Streets
Hoi An
Hoi An Traffic

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 January 27th 2008

I arrived in HCMC on Chinese new years day. It was still TET (Vietnamese New year) in Nam. ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 July 20th 2007

Crossing into Vietnam was effortless, the difference in road conditions was welcoming. You've got to love tarmac :-) The scenery of patchwork emerald green rice paddies was much the same only this time you saw far more brick houses than wooden shacks, the poverty isn't as obvious here. After a couple of hours we arrived in Ho Chi Minh (HCMC). It took another hour to get to the centre, it's home to approximately 8 million people and it felt like every single one of them was out on the road ! We stayed in the backpacker area, Pham Ngu Lao, as it was where the bus dropped us off. It was humid and we weren't planning on staying too long so travelling to a nicer area seemed pointless. As it was, we stayed in a ... read more
Sharon feeling uncomfortable
Exiting a tunnel, thank god
At sunset organised exercise of all types start

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