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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi January 12th 2017

We got up early and went down to breakfast as we were being picked up at 7.15 for our trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels. We went to breakfast early so that we would get time to eat before we got picked up. the breakfast at this hotel was amazing and once again catered for everyone. After breakfast we waited in the lobby till our tour operator arrived. We ended up in a group with an Aussie family from Adelaide with Mum, Dad, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 and a daughter aged 14. We were all taken by bus (via some pick ups at other hotels along the way) which took about an hour, to a place where we all got on a speed boat, where we were joined by another Aussie family with 2 ... 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
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City January 8th 2017

Geo: 10.7592, 106.662We began our journey into Vietnam on a semi-minibus that seemed to also be the local postal service as we stopped what seemed like every few km along the way picking up and dropping off all manner of parcels and packages. Once we neared Hanoi we realised the bus was headed away from the city and just as we began to panic, we were very hastily ushered off the bus onto a main highway with our bags. Confused and nervous about what was happening, all we could do was say “Hanoi?” louder and with more emphasis to the bus guy who didn't speak a word of English, when we turned around another (much larger and pimped up) bus was all of a sudden parked on the other side of the highway ready to take ... read more
The best pizza EVER! (complete with burrata)
View from our balcony in Cat Ba (Ha Long Bay)
LOVED kayaking around Ha Long Bay

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 December 30th 2016

Geo: 10.7592, 106.662I did not sleep much, as I had decided to have a driver take me to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat. None of the rest of the party wanted to get up so early. I had to meet him at 4:45 am and he took me in a tuk-tuk. I decided to go as I would never have the same opportunity. I was worried I would be late to meet him, as I was not on any real sleep schedule. I thought I was so special and he would just drive me there, I would snap a few pictures and off we would go!! How dumb am I? I got there and every (mostly) Asian person there had a selfie stick and there were thousands waiting to see the sun!!! So my pictures ... read more
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Our beautiful hotel
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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

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 November 23rd 2016

At 6:30am I left the party hostel and went to my next location. This second hostel in Ho Chi Minh was called Saigon Charming Hostel and for good reason. It was a much needed upgrade for me. I soon made friends with Taht, who worked there and he immediately offered me breakfast, coffee, a towel and friendly advice about the city. More than anything though I just felt comfortable there, with the coy, family feel about it and the sort of people I soon met who were also staying there. Among them a friendly Lithuanian couple, an older French lady, two nice kiwis and another halfie 20 something male like me hailing from New York. The events of the day summed up quick included: Visiting the War Remnants Museum (formerly the American War Crimes Museum) which, ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 November 21st 2016

Well I finally did it, I made a blog. Partially to catalogue some of this journey and partially to prove to my very good friend Daniel that sometimes I'm actually good for my word! To be fair though I have only just arrived in Ho Chi Minh about 24 hours ago, even though I left about 44 hours before that. The flights and layovers were mostly uneventful for the most part. I did however meet a Cambodian doctor on the first flight who once worked for Doctors Without Borders and now is currently a public health manager in Cambodia. He told me that a regular GP makes only about $250 a month in Cambodia, which is why many people (himself included) also do private consultation or other forms of employment to supplement their income. We shared ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 November 16th 2016

Our tenth and last day in Vietnam started off slowly. We woke up and showered and faffed then took a wander to a cafe we had seen the day before which had a big vegetarian menu. It was called Albatross travel cafe and I decided to make an exception to my rule of buying only Vietnamese food to order vegan fish and chips. Simply because I had never seen that on any menu anywhere in the world before. The first plate of food they brought me was actual fish and chips - not that I was surprised, mistakes like that are made all the time even when there is no language barrier! They quickly brought me a new one, the 'fish' being tofu wrapped in seaweed and batter. Actually very nice though extremely filling. The rest ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi November 15th 2016

Day nine and we enter the chaos that is Ho Chi Minh city. Our hotel is lovely, not fancy but family owned - the family live downstairs with their little dog 'Minho' and are very friendly and kind. We wandered out to find some breakfast and ended up in the 'No stress' cafe, noodles with an egg and vegetables started off the day along with possibly the strongest coffee I've had since I've been here. We were back at the hotel and ready to jump on a bus to go to the Cu Chi tunnels by midday, slightly stunned by the scale of things in the city - it will definitely take some more exploring! The bus journey was long and bumpy, but provided good views as we moved out of the city into the outskirts. ... read more
Thick vegetation.
Inside the tunnels.




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