Blogs from District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Southeast, Vietnam, Asia - page 5


Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 May 20th 2017

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam RMIT University Sports Grounds April 10, 2011 1. Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking (Bob on keyboard) 2. It Ain't Me, Babe (Bob on guitar) 3. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' (Bob on guitar, Donnie on trumpet) 4. Tangled Up In Blue (Bob center stage on harp) 5. Honest With Me (Bob on keyboard) 6. Simple Twist Of Fate (Bob on guitar) 7. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum (Bob on guitar) 8. Love Sick (Bob on keyboard) 9. The Levee's Gonna Break (Bob on keyboard) 10. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (Bob on keyboard) 11. Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on keyboard) 12. Spirit On The Water (Bob on keyboard and harp) 13. My Wife's Hom... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 May 20th 2017

11th April 2012 Today Tim married Duong, and I had the honour of being Tim's 'father’. Mrs Lam was his 'mother’. We were in loco parentis, because Tim’s biological parents could not travel from the United States. What a fantastic wedding! I had been very nervous the previous evening because I speak no Vietnamese and was scared of making a fool of myself. I'd also expected the wedding to be a rather grand affair, where my every faux pas would come under the spotlight. Tim had given me the impression – or I had formed it myself – of Duong’s parents being very wealthy and slightly haughty. Fortunately, all of my fears proved unfounded. I arrived by taxi at 7-15am - 45 minutes early - at Tim’s building. I’d never been to this part of District ... read more
Precious Cargoes En Route
The Three Grandparents
The Yellow Beetle

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 May 17th 2017

Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Tuesday, January 10, 2006 Pham Ngu Lao: the backpackers' area of Saigon, a magnet for foreign tourists and local expats like myself. After sunset, the streets are filled with hawkers and hustlers of every kind: from teenage girls selling photocopies of The Quiet American to phony beggar-women clasping sedated babies. Young Brits and Americans, revelling in the warmth and freedom of Viet Nam, pack the bars and souvenir shops. The prices are irresistibly cheap: 9,000 dong (60 cents) for a bottle of Tiger, $2 for a lacquerware plate. But there is more to Pham Ngu Lao than ambience, beer and souvenirs; for some of us the main attraction is movies and music. All over Saigon, pirate CD's and DVD’s are for sale. It would be wrong to say ... read more
Hahn's Dad

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 May 17th 2017

Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Sunday, February 20, 2005 In Memoriam: The Saigon Café (passed away Saturday 19th February 2005) There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced, as by a good tavern or inn (Dr Johnson) Man is in love and loves what vanishes, What more is there to say? (W.B.Yeats) The Saigon Café, at the junction of Pham Ngu Lao and De Tham Streets, is no more. Its reign - as the best bar-cum-restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City - has ended. The lease ran out; the price went up; the Saigon went out of business. The building will reopen shortly as a Lotteria fast food restaurant. For many of us, this is a tragedy. The Saigon Café was an institution: the ... read more
Trang aka 'Olive Oil'
My Local
The Saigon Cafe

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 April 11th 2017

Once my Visa became valid to enter Vietnam I made a beeline for the border at the Ha Tien border crossing. The journey was about an hour and a half away from Kampot and cost me $7 for the pleasure. Once at the border the immigration was painless as my Visa was already in my passport. Stamp out, stamp in - easy. So in Ha Tien I had to make a decision of where to go next. I wanted to spend a couple of days in the Mekong Delta (the fertile plain of numerous islands, rice fields, and waterways before the mighty river spills into the South China Sea) and decided to hop another bus bound for Can Tho ($10). This journey took about six hours. Slow going here in The Nam. In Can Tho I ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 January 22nd 2017

We arrived in Saigon, and spending 2 nights in the Pullman Hotel - courtesy of Pat Sheahan who won the prize in a raffle held last year during the Long Tan celebrations. An interesting 5-star hotel in a convenient location. We were offered an upgrade to a junior suite - which we had no hesitation accepting. This upgrade included use of the "lounge" - where drinks and cookies are available throughout the day - and then a 2-hour buffet and cocktail session in the evenings. Other than using the "prize" - our main stop-over here was to visit the orphanage in Phu My - about 55ms southeast of Saigon. We had $1500 to donate to the orphanage in the form of needed daily supplies as well as cash so they could by essentials that we didn't ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 January 13th 2017

We had a bit of a sleep in this morning till about 7:30/8 and then went downstairs for the super huge buffet breakfast, which was an amazing assortment of anything you might possibly want for breakfast. We then caught the hotel bus (which comes every hour or so) into the main part of the city near the opera house. As the bus was packed, we had to sit in the front seat next to the driver, that was not great as I got a close up view of the mayhem. We saw a couple of accidents on the way but only minor bingles. I honestly don’t know how they don’t have more accidents, nothing I can say can possibly describe the craziness of their roads. Brad and I have become quite confident at crossing the roads, ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 January 11th 2017

We took our time getting up this morning, went and enjoyed our last break here and then watched tv till it was time to leave. On our way to the airport Brad decided to enquire why all the trees on the side of the road were painted white on the bottom but it just so happened that there was a sign on one of the trees advertising land for sale so, due to the language barrier, our driver thought that Brad was asking about the land so within a minute he was passing Brad his phone and the land sales person was on the phone trying to sell us land. One of the things we have learnt is that the second that you mention you are interested in anything they will have a cousin or a ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 January 5th 2017

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year celebrations. Christmas was in Hue and then the group travelled down to Mui Ne for New Year, and we are now in Saigon. Mui Ne is a beach resort and a centre for Kite Surfing - great spectator sport and looked exhausting. Not on my agenda at all! We did manage a half day excursion by (ancient Russian) Jeep with a slightly manic driver - hey if you want to turn left off a dual carriageway why go all the way to the next junction and turn back when you can drive the wrong way down the road against the oncoming traffic and take your turning. And what are red lights for - very pretty but they don't mean anything do they? Phew. There are some t-shirts ... read more
Saigon Post Office
Inside the post office
Red sandy riverbed

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 December 6th 2016

Ho Chi Minh didn't promise much, and it delivered. Initially this trip was going to take me to the north, but due to unforeseen circumstances there was a change of plan. So I've spent a few days in Ho Chi Minh in south Vietnam and I'm currently sat on a bus to Phnom Penn in Cambodia, where I plan to spend around a month. Before I arrived I'd been told and read that HCM wasn't more than a big horrible industrial city, and I can't say that's far off. I'm not 100% sure but I think it's the worst city I've been to on my travels. There's not too much to do except check out the museums about the war and the Cu Chi tunnels. Tunnels dug out by the Vietcong during the war. So that's ... read more

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