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Ho Chi Minh, Saigon, Vietnam

We've got a feeling we're going to love it here

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We're in Ho Chi Minh,Vietnam. We arrived here by an overnight sleeper bus, which Jason did most of the moaning on. We didn't get much sleep at all.

J: "what is this, seriously what is it?" The lower 2\3 of the bus were for luggage and we were crammed against the roof of the bus on a semi reclined bed big enough for a SMALL midget.

Anyway, we love it here. I don't think its everyone's cups of tea, but we love the hustle and bustle of the city. It's crazy busy all of the time. We've been stopping in the main backpacker bit which has lots of restaurants, bars, night food stalls and the best fruit smoothie stall we've found. It gets even more hectic at night time when the streets turn into temporary bars and serve tasty treats. We enjoyed the chilli squid with a beer or two.

We got a bit drunk on the first night here...blame two Vietnamese pensioners (if they had a welfare state anyway) for this. We sat down at a cafe for a drink and for some reason the old man by Jason started to top up Jason's glass with beer...continuously. We learnt that "yo" means "cheers". They shared their food and beer with us and we reciprocated with more beer and food, refusing to let them drink us under the table. A few hours later and we had a table full of empty beer cans and they got up to leave. They had bought far more than us, but not content with this generosity, they paid our bill too before we knew what was going on. It was a lovely surprise and a 'welcome to Vietnam'. We think we're gonna like this country.

There's plenty to keep you busy in the day; the usual museums, palaces, shopping activities. We visited the Chinese quarter and walked around most of the pagodas in the area and wandered around the posher side of town to browse in the windows of Burberry, Chloe and D & G. We chose to go to the War Remnants Museum...another grim but 'must-do' experience. The museum has lots of historical information about the Vietnamese war as well as a war photography exhibition that is worth a look. The museum and its exhibitions are harrowing, showing the lives of the Vietnamese after the war and the affects of the Americans Agent Orange toxin.

You can stay in the city a bit longer and take tours to the areas near by, such as the Chu Chi tunnels and national park to see the gibbons. We are only here for three weeks so unfortunately had to leave these out but you can easily fill 4/5days here.

Posted by bloorsontour 06:22 Archived in Vietnam

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Love the old gentlemen. What a nice welcome! X

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