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Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon we love you...

rain 23 °C
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Another Mekong Express trip to Ho Chi Minh, a bit of confusion at the border - the bus company take charge of passports in a sort of organised chaos but we got thru eventually. Arrived in a very wet Saigon, and fortunately the bus stopped right across the road from our hotel - Phan Lan 2. Really nice hotel, and lovely staff who are happy to provide info and book tours. Of course you can shop around for tours, but there are millions all in competition and selling the same stuff so why bother!

We sampled our first bowl of Pho - noodle soup from a stall on the corner. Delicious! If only i hadn't put in so many chilli's! Had a few beers, from as little as 30p each. Our first night in Saigon was a huge success. Street cafes are brilliant for watching the mad traffic go by.

We went to the war remnants museum yesterday, and I was almost moved to tears by some of the images. Obviously the story is being told from one side, but even so the truth remains that the war devastated so many local people, just trying to survive the war. We then went to the Independance Palace which wasnt quite as depressing! We wandered past Notre Dame cathedral and the General Post office, had some tea while watching a barmy going on in the street which was particularly entertaining when all the bikes and traffic stopped to have a look too.
Spent the evening having a few more beers, and heading down to the market for more Pho.

Today we went to the Cu Chi tunnels. It could have been a good trip - however the rain poured down and we were soaked, even with our cheap plastic bag style ponchos on :)

Tmrw night we leave for Nga Trang on the night bus, which should be an experience. Booked the open tour bus, so we'll save a few nights accommodation by travelling at night.

I've really loved Saigon. The people here are so friendly, and eager to please yet the history is tragic. It's even harder when you think that the war ended not so long ago, and you can see evidence of those injured and the 2nd generation effects of Agent Orange chemicals. My eyes have been opened to alot of history I've never really understood, and I'm looking forward travelling North and learning much more...

Not to mention more amazing noodles and cheap beer :)

Posted by lkane86 02:13 Archived in Vietnam

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