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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 ofoto.com to share w/ the rest of the world. check out the photos at http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?8p8taruv.9tk84zz3&x=1&y=brod2j 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

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 18th 2006

Good Morning Vietnam Well after a long bus ride from Cambodia we finally arrive at Ho Chi Minh City. I had completely no idea of what to expect, a famous city deep in history and the previous captial of South Vietnam. We arrived very late in the evening and decided to do the sensible thing, go straight out on the town and sample the local beer.... more than a couple later we stumbled into a night club with the ironic name of "Apocalypse Now" Hmmm the club wasn't the best but it was a good introduction to the way of life here. Madness. Its evident for all to see, especially on the roads with a bustling population of 8 million and 3 million mopeds it seems there's a road acindent always waiting to happen! I think ... read more
Less than impressed, Unification Building
Honestly this picture wasn't taken in Prestwich!

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 18th 2006

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 17th 2006

It's been a mixed week. On the plus side I have made good progress through Vietnam, moving on from Hoi An where I purchased some very nice tailor made clothes down to Nha Trang and now Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City to give it its official name but everyone still calls it Saigon). On the down side I have had a bit of a scary incident involving a motorbike accident (it wasn't me on the bike) and I have lost my damn mobile phone, or more to the point it was stolen...I think. On my travels so far I have lost a watch (just a cheap one I bought in Bangkok for a dollar), my camera - which fell in a waterfall, and now my phone. It's like somebody doesn't want me to be able to ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 16th 2006

Laos to Vietnam From Luang Prabang we moved on to Vang Vieng further south, gorgeous scenery again and a great hotel run by an Aussie/laos couple. We watched endless reruns of friends for a short while and watched much football, whilst avoiding the "special" shakes which could be bought with allsorts of additions. We hired a scooter visited caves and drifted down the river on a large innertube stopping for beer refreshments and rope slides, went well till we joined up with 14 irish people!! Vientianne the capitol was sleepy and hot but we spent a day or two walking to see monuments and markets. Then we flew to Hanoi Vietnam, big shock arriving at night. They try all sorts of scams and tricks but we had been warned. There are enough scooters for one each ... read more
Chinese bridge
Buddha
Steps

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 16th 2006

Arrival and nightime shenanigans We (myself and Ben, the guy I met in Hoi An) arrived in Saigon at about 6pm and spent a good half an hour walking around with our rucksacks trying to find a place to stay as everywhere seemed to be full. We finally found a place which was ok, good enough for the two nights I was to spend here. Ben only really had one evening to see the city so after we cleaned up, we embarked on a full evening's itinerary of nightime sightseeing (and boozing, of course!). We began the evening by taking a bite to eat at a wonderful street cafe. I had this amazing DIY spring rolls meal which involved cooking your own strips of beef on your portable barbeque which was actually a roof tile sitting ... read more
The Hotel de Ville
The horror of war

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 8th 2006

Our first introduction to Vietnam was our arrival at the Cambodia/Vietnam border. We got to the Vietnam side to have some guys fill out our customs forms for us (I think I can use a pen buddy!) and then try and charge us a $1USD. Being the sharp cookies that we are (sometimes) we refused, demanded our passports and walked away. The dudes couldn't argue too much because then other people would catch on. Unfortunately for most people they were a bit dumb and paid the guys. Fair play to them trying to make a little dosh from the foreigners - doesn't give you a good first impression though. Luckily Vietnam is actually too cool for after school. We got to Ho Chi Minh City and immediately fell in love with it. There were scooters everywhere, ... read more
Snoozing
Pot
Sculpture




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