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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 29th 2006

Just a quick blog to say thank you for all the messages wishing us a happy anniversary and also a big thankyou for all the wedding presents recieved last year that have help make our 1st year married unforgetable. Thank You!... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 29th 2006

I endured a 5 hr flight to Singapore from New Delhi. It was well worth the wait and the airplane food (which I quite enjoyed so I don't know why I complain. Singapore's Changi airport is like a dream come true... scratch that, an ammalgamation of dreams from the widest spread of characters. I won't take away from it by trying to describe it in words or in pictures... YOU MUST GO THERE INSTEAD. I spent a while getting through immigrations at Saigon... the queue would not move. Then I got to the city. There are a lot of tourists here. I was hoping it would be off-season (i.e. monsoon would scare everyone off, but that was not the case). Anyways, from what I have seen, HCMC is great. Very green-- a comment that I seemed ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 26th 2006

My first day in Nha Trang I spent relaxing on the beach. Nha Trang is a hot spot for Vietnamese vacations so the beach was absolutly packed with lots and lots of Vietnamese people. In the Asia culture it's not attractive for women to be tanned, the whiter a women is the more attractive they are to the men. When you see Asia women driving motorbikes or out on the street during the day they have gloves on that cover their entire arms and wear masks and scarfs that cover everything on their head except a small hole for their eyes. So on the beach a lot of the Vietnamese women were fully dressed and covered, and the most bizarre thing was when they went swimming they just hopped in the water with their entire outfit ... read more
War buttons
American Spy Plane from the War

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 24th 2006

Arriving back in Vietnam was sort of like coming home again. It is familiar, we know our way around the area, and I know the language. Crossing the border my Vietnamese ability came into some good use as we were steered around the “special fee” that others were paying to get their “health forms” issued. In reality, it was just a small amount of money milked from the non-Vietnamese at the border, but a bribe is a bribe and if you make a bit noise about they will let it slide. Ho Chi Minh City is a very bustling place with lots of things going on. We decided to continue with the cheap accommodation and stay in the backpacker’s area of Pham Ngu Lau in district 1. I looked at a couple of rooms at a ... read more
Cambodian travellers
Welcome to Vietnam
Our alley

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 23rd 2006

Week 4 - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) before flying back to Sydney... read more
Rex Hotel
Rice Paper
War Surplus

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 22nd 2006

What a cruisy road through to HCM - I guess its all relative. Green rice paddys, motor scooters and the water table - either near it or in it - maybe a hydrogeo's perspective? I've barely seen a hill since Bangkok (not that there are any there either). Houses on built up areas creating a mote beside them or on stilts are pretty common. The first impression of HCM city is big, spread out and circulated by scooters - like ants in a hyperactive nest - I love the way they just avoid each other and when u walk slowly the stream magically goes round u as u cross the road. First impression is very friendly - can't possibly get to know this place in the little time unfortunately......lets c what happens ... Checked out CuChi ... read more
2 big 4 useful Vietcong
hacky meets badminton
Hai & I

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 22nd 2006

Sooo, apparently I have “family” here. Random, huh? Well, I met them on Friday. I guess it would technically be cousins. So I was picked up, on one of those little motorbikes, yeah. It was a bit scary at first to ride, the handles are like behind you…and all these other cars and traffic and slowing down and speeding up. But it was a cool experience. We went to get some soup at a cool little family-owned restaurant, and then I met everyone else. They own a little rice shop, i think it is and it is right below where they live. But pretty much everyone in Vietnam owns something. Most of the little shops and more authentic restaurants are the bottom floors of people’s houses. It is crazy to imagine them living in such ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 22nd 2006

After spending less than 48 hours in both Boston and Chicago, I was off again. This time I headed the opposite direction to Saigon, Vietnam via Tokyo. Because of the 12 time difference and 24 hours of travel time, July 18 was spent almost entirely on airplanes. I flew Japan Airlines for the first time and was delighted to find on-demand movies on the 6 hour flight over to Saigon from Tokyo. This is in contrast to American, which had 10 channels to choose from only you had to watch according to schedule, which doesn't work particularly well for someone who's known to nap on flights. My first 24 hours in Saigon included a series or rookie traveler mistakes, or really just knuckleheaded-ness. When I exited the customs area and stepped out into Saigon, I saw ... read more
US Tank
Boat on the Mekong
My first meal in Vietnam

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 22nd 2006

i'm currently in saigon a/k/a ho chi minh city right now uploading hundreds of pictures on to share w/ the rest of the world. check out the photos at i left for manila 29june and been out of the states since i left for vancouver in may.. i can't say i miss the states since i am w/ my hubby in this trip to asia.. i'm not that homesick, either.. well, i missn my dog.. will see mom and dad soon. i wish they'd send more $ heheh anyway i didn't even get to write abt my fourth and final week in vancouver.. the fourth week i was there something terrible happened w/ one of my classmates.. my final weekend there i went home to LA to be w/ my hubby.. finals week went ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 19th 2006

Vietnam was definitely one of the best ports to sail into. It was awesome. Not beautiful in a beauty sense, but I don’t know. I can’t describe it. There were so many trees and then tall buildings, and then you could see the little town and people on their motorbikes. This was the first port where everything was done on time which is odd considering there was word we might have missed a day because of the engine problem with the boat. But, the pilot came on at 4AM, we arrived at about 7:30AM, and then did all the immigration/custom stuff along with our first diplomatic briefing where two representatives from the U.S. Embassy talked to us. One was actually a previous semester at sea participant and will be a senior at GW University, and he ... read more

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