Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City, Southeast, Vietnam, Asia - page 223


Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City August 3rd 2006

Our last week in Vietnam as probably been the best for us, mainly due to Dalat. Easyriding in Dalat Dalat is a town in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and has long been a favorite for travellers because of its cooler temperatures and picturesque countryside. It was a recreational town for the French when they controlled the country and the many deteriorating fabulous villas are a testament to this. Dalat is known among travellers for the Easyriders, an informal group of guys that will tour you around the countryside on the back of their motorcycles. You don't have to worry about finding them because they will find you, with an incredible ability to spot a new backpacker. We met up with Hiep our first day and arranged a one day countryside tour with him and his ... read more
Dalat Market
Pagoda Dragon
Patti - easyriding

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City August 2nd 2006

Experiences to date.... Asia » Vietnam » Saigon By Nick and Tessa August 2nd 2006 Nicholas Peters and Tessa Brudevold-IversenThis blog will be a photo journal. We don't intend to write much about our experiences but we will upload photos on a regular basis. Enjoy. ... read more
Well well well...
Notre Dame Tower
Storm coming...

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City July 31st 2006

The walking tour of saigon began with ........ read more
Tran Nguyen Hai
Ben Thanh Market
Fine Arts Museaum

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

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