Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City, Southeast, Vietnam, Asia - page 2


Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 February 17th 2015

... Wow quelle ville de fous! Méchant contraste entre l'ile de Kauai à Hawaii et Ho Chi Minh! Première impression, il y a des scooters PARTOUT! Et apparemment, il y a 5ans, personne n'avait de scooter O.o Assez impressionnant quand tu y penses! Dans les rues, il y a des bus, des taxis et des scooters, c'est tout! Probablement personne en ville possède de voitures, tout le monde se promène en scooter! C'est même un moyen de transport familiale! J'ai vu des familles de 4 sur un scooter... malheureusement je n'ai pas encore réussi à prendre de photos de cet exploit! Ils sont un peu trop vite maudit! Sans oublié que Ho Chi Minh c'est une ville qui ne dort jamais. Night market, resto ouvert toute la nuit.. ca n'arrête plus! Je crois que c'est moins ... read more
Do you want some chicken?
Fresh food
Working on the chicken

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City February 3rd 2015

Update from yesterday's post. I've heard from at least one fellow traveler that I should have written about a part of our visit to the Ci Chi tunnels, the part where they gave us AR15s and M16s and sent us into the jungle. Well not exactly. Anyway we were given a chance to try these rifles. Fun. A couple more pictures are attached.... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City February 2nd 2015

Ho Chi Minh City, f/k/a Saigon, still called Saigon by everyone in Saigon, is very different from and has a very different vibe from Hanoi. It's more prosperous, has more positive energy, has better infrastructure, and it feels more modern and western. A lot of the older people living in Saigon were on the side of the South Vietnamese government, though a significant number were Viet Cong. The younger people, according to our guide, Thang, only know Americans as business people and tourists. We really felt welcomed here. We've felt no lingering hostility. In Hanoi, there was a different feel, the people were nice but reserved and maybe still resentful. But maybe that’s just my imagination. Hanoi feels 40 years behind Saigon and that's either charming or not, depending on your perspective. We took a walking ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City January 28th 2015

Milí čtenáři, ač se nám to zdá těžko uvěřitelné, náš výlet je u konce. Chystáme se na poslední večeři, popíjíme rýžové víno a říkáme si, jak jsme se tu hezky poměli a jak se těšíme na Vás, Čechy, sníh, sýr, víno, ticho a fixní ceny. Bude pro nás jistě těžké zvyknout si, že jsme opět niemandy, na které nikdo nehuláká hey ani hello, nesměje se jejich kloboukům a vůbec jim nevěnuje svou pozornost. Děkujeme za všechny Vaše pozdravy, které nás během naší cesty moc potěšily. A jak to všechno bylo? -ve Vietnamu jsme spali 56 nocí, převážně v hodinových hotelích - na kole jsme ujeli 2722 km, mimo to jsme využili 7 lodí, 4 dopravní letouny, 2 autobusy a 1 vlak - kola jsme koupili přibližně za 5000 Kč v Praze a prodali za zhruba 5000 ... read more
nahazování sítě
buddhistický chrám
ráno na trhu

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City January 10th 2015

Chúng ta hay nói: Hãy đi trên đôi chân của mình. Rồi chúng ta lại nói : Muốn thành công phải biết đứng trên vai người khổng lồ Chúng ta hay nói : Gần mực thì đen gần đèn thì sáng Rồi chúng ta lại nói: Gần bùn mà chẳng hôi tanh mùi bùn. Chúng ta hay nói : Một giọt máu đào hơn ao nước lã. Rồi chúng ta lại nói: Bán bà con xa mua láng giềng gần. Chúng ta hét to: Quyết không lùi nửa bước trước kẻ thù Rồi chúng ta lại đanh thép: Lùi một bước để tiến ba bước .... còn nhiều lắm. Đấy, toàn Cha Ông nói cả ... mà đường nào cũng nói được. chúng tôi có thể buồn một người Phụ nữ nhưng lòng tin thì không ... read more

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

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) This is the wildest new year’s eve I have ever had sober. Scooters are filling up the street from shop steps to the opposite shop step, no pavement is visible and to walk is to have eyes on the back of your head so you can dodge motor bike maniacs jumping up onto the pavement to try and get in front of the already heaving traffic that is slowly becoming grid lock. The time is 2300hrs in Saigon and the place is buzzing. We reach the park with the big globe and stroll towards the big speakers with the local music and stage. There is nice touch to the NYE celebration in Vietnam, families are sitting about waiting for the 0000hrs fire works and groups of friends and randoms are chilling ... read more

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

Warning…...If you are a cat or a dog lover please don't look at the photographs later on in this blog or read the next paragraph. I have only posted three photos, but I was shocked with what I saw in Vietnam. One often hears that the Vietnamese population eat cats and dogs. Whilst strolling through the backstreets of Halong City, just 3 km from the touristy area of Halong Bay we came across our first Cat restaurant. The owners were cutting up the meat outside of the shop in front of our own very eyes. I felt sick in the stomach. As we wandered a little further to the market we came across our first chopped up dog which was lying on the stall ready to be bought. The Vietnamese traders looked on as we strolled ... read more
Railways in the centre of Ho Chi Minh
Enjoying Vietnamese food sat on Kindergarden chairs
Lenin worshipped as a hero in Vietnam

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

Greetings all We trust most of you had a wonderful and hopefully relaxing Christmas. No doubt a few were suffering - we hope this was more self-inflicted rather than winter bugs. We've been very naughty and have just spent 6 days on "holiday" - yes, yes we'e sure you think we've been on holiday for the past 3 months but this was proper holiday! We spent a fabulous 6 days in MUI NE, about 200kms north of Ho Chi Minh City. Loved the place so much that we wanted to share a bit about it with you. If you're looking for a bit of winter sunshine in an unusual destination this might be for you. It's the kitesurfing and windsurfing capital of south Vietnam and is also famous for its enormous red and white sand dunes. ... read more
Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam

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

StreetFoodMan So, I decided to celebrate the end of my trip with a street food tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Street food has been harder for me to manage than in Thailand. In Thailand, often there are multiple dishes in a stall, and you can just point to what you want, or there is a menu with English or pictures. Not so much in Vietnam. There is usually a stall which only does one dish, and this is advertised in Vietnamese, and there are just random things hanging in the glass and covered pots of simmering somethings. Also, many dishes have pork, which I don't eat, making things more difficult. The street food has been good, but not with the variety and complex flavors of Thailand. The best food I've had thus far is in ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 December 19th 2014

Let's begin this post with our first activities with the family last weekend. On Saturday afternoon we travelled about an hour south of Manila to the municipality of Pampango. Each year they host a "lantern parade" with the different neighborhoods designing, building and displaying their lantern in a big competition. Think of it as a small-scale Macy's thanksgiving day parade that features the lanterns-or Parol's-instead of inflated floats/balloons. In the Philippines a Parol is a seasonal star-shaped lantern that appears throughout the nation during the holiday season. They are made of all different types of material but the original Parol's were make of colored paper or shells with a frame made of bamboo or other type of light ridged material. They are everywhere one looks...hanging from telephone poles, buildings, bridges; in store windows; on or in ... read more
Erin, Jack and Joseph....
Street Scene HCMC
Saigon Sunset

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