Travel Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Cu Chi Tunnels via Speedboat on the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Cu Chi Tunnels via Speedboat on the Saigon River

A travel blog entry by kevinmoss

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... (I find this hard to believe).  Anyway, the tunnels comprise an immense network underneath almost all of the Cu Chi district of Vietnam.  The tunnels were the Viet Cong's base of operations during the Tet Offensive during 1968.  The Tet ...

The Heat is on, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

The Heat is on

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... point) it does also talk about american soldiers also affected by agent orange, and so feels more like a commentary on humanity, than exclusively Vietnam. We decide to try and make our own way, by foot, back to the hotel, and of course get very, very ...

Day 75: Scooter Dodging, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Day 75: Scooter Dodging

A travel blog entry by sirrocko711

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... looking coffee houses surrounding this area, but today's dinner would be had elsewhere. As I don't have my bootleg photocopied Vietnam LP guidebook beside me, any attempt to remember this restaurant's unpronounceable name will be futile, but this was ...

Saigon - Day 32, 1, Vietnam travel blog

Saigon - Day 32

A travel blog entry by beemichaela

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... , they must have been numbered when they were built. So number 4 and number 5 aren't always next to each other and Vietnam notoriously has very few road signs. So it really was mission impossible to the point that we had picked another ...

Cu Chi, Cu Chi, OooooooO, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Cu Chi, Cu Chi, OooooooO

A travel blog entry by martinandkate

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... the true story of the Vietnam/American war. "Yes please Mr Bean". He rattles off some of the historical dates before the Vietnam war in lightning quick time. He gives a load of information about the war and what started it. He then gives ...

Saigon (for one night), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Saigon (for one night)

A travel blog entry by luolan

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We left a chilly, drizzly Hanoi on the 2nd and flew down to Ho Chi Minh City via Pacific Airlines. As some sort of Happy New Year promotion, the airline was giving out prizes to randomly picked passengers. Halfway through the flight I heard an ...

Tet celebrations, HCMC, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Tet celebrations, HCMC

A travel blog entry by luolan

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Happy New Year! The journey back to Vietnam was long, if uneventful. It felt like a homecoming of sorts. The second we crossed the border, I had to restrain myself from hugging the first lady I saw wearing a conical hat. Maybe I only had 2 dollars left in ...

Good Morning Vietnam!, Saigon, Vietnam travel blog

Good Morning Vietnam!

A travel blog entry by lisa-ashley

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... an "old man." Safe to say, I am thrilled we had different routes, and I am now sans James.  Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) is a bustling city with so many motorbikes and hardly any crosswalks. When I still thought James was a good guy, I ...

S-S-S-S-Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

S-S-S-S-Saigon

A travel blog entry by rachel_john

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We are now getting used to the Vietnamese minibuses which rudely drop us off at the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) but I still feel apprehensive knowing that we will have to continue our journey balancing precariously on the back of a motorcycle and ...

Good Morning Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Good Morning Vietnam

A travel blog entry by emmaandemma

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... 't be for at least 5/6 weeks, so don't check BBC news all the time worrying about us, ok.   When we got to Ho Chi Minh City, (lets call it Saigon, easier to spell), the bus dropped us right in the middle of backpacker land, how convenient! The ...

The land of honks, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

The land of honks

A travel blog entry by keithandkim

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... heard of a lot worse.  The next morning we headed to the roof top restaurant for breakfast and our first views of the Ho Chi Minh city skyline. The area is both breathtaking and chaotic. We decided to head out and do some exploring of the city sites. ...

In the Nam, HCMC, Vietnam travel blog

In the Nam

A travel blog entry by reece_and_elle

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Well well well, if I didn't know we was traveling on the oherside of the world.... I did now. Ho Chi Minh seems to have a slap in the face you're here now feel to it. We got here in the evening from Manila, Philippines. Had a few hours to burn in Manila ...

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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... bus steps to a barrage of eager-eyed touts and an incredible wall of heat and humidity. Were we still in Vietnam? Having eventually found a hotel that was open and better still perhaps offering the opportunity of a bed (although trying to operate ...

Days 76-79: Twelve Saigon Memories, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Days 76-79: Twelve Saigon Memories

A travel blog entry by sirrocko711

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... in endless circles, never pausing for a breath (or allowing us a non-rude escape.) We chatted deeply about China, the US, relations between Vietnam and the US, Vietnam's (bad) history with China, etc... Then he looped around and started talking about it ...

Cu Chi Coup!, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, Vietnam travel blog

Cu Chi Coup!

A travel blog entry by lizandsimon

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Wednesday 5th May We moved on to Saigon today. Now Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in 1975 but you wouldn't really know it as everyone still calls it Saigon. I will call it Saigon cause every one else does and writing Ho Chi Minh City all the time ...

So who won the war??, Saigon, Vietnam travel blog

So who won the war??

A travel blog entry by zee

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... won! We met some alcoholic Canadians- Jen, Charlotte and Jake- en route, who were taking full decadent capitalist advantage of Vietnam's newfound bourgeousie, and spent the rest of our time in Saigon exploring the bars and noodle houses with them. The ...

Capitalist Saigon...but isn't Vietnam communist?, Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Capitalist Saigon...but isn't Vietnam communist?

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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... . A short flight brought us from the ultra-sedate and orderly Singapore to the vibrant chaos of Saigon (now officially known as "Ho Chi Minh City". Forget any preconceptions you may have, a lot has changed since the "American War" ended back in 1975. Tall ...

Still Called Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Still Called Saigon

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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Ho Chi Minh City was almost a letdown given the warnings- we were expecting Hanoi on steroids and not in a good way. The population of Saigon is nearing 8 million and there are apparently close to 4 million motorbikes and scooters (and none of the 8 ...

Saigon Sightseeing, Saigon, Vietnam travel blog

Saigon Sightseeing

A travel blog entry by kally563

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Today I woke up about six feeling sick and we were going to go to a doctor after dinner but (thankfully) I got to feeling better. We did some laundry in the hotel tub this morning before heading out to find two motorbiek taxis (xe om) to take us to the ...

Sigon via Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Sigon via Singapore

A travel blog entry by orizarska

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Yes, Bulgarians do need visa for Vietnam. Note to self - never make plans based on a phone conversation. For example, if the Vietnamese consulate in the UK tells you that you don't need a visa - get one any ways. Not a biggy. Almost any problem ...

Day 74:  Rejecting Lady-Boom-Boom, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Day 74: Rejecting Lady-Boom-Boom

A travel blog entry by sirrocko711

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... he'd seen enough.) Option 3, the nuttiest option: Forgo Chiang Mai and instead continue even further east to the nearby Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh City/HCMC aka Saigon. A longer stay in Cambodia was out, and though it made the most sense logistically, ...

Vietnam - HoChiMinh City, HoChiMinh City, Vietnam travel blog

Vietnam - HoChiMinh City

A travel blog entry by gonetilwhenever

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... the true horror of war and the effect it can have for generations after the fighting has ceased.     Just south of Ho Chi Minh City is a district known as the Mekong Delta. It is the point at which the mighty Mekong River reaches the sea. The ...

Strolling in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Strolling in Saigon

A travel blog entry by martinandkate

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... security. At some point maybe she'll love him, but it's probably never going to be the case. We will be sad to leave Vietnam because of the people. The place itself can be ugly. It can be amazingly beautiful and diverse. People do try and take advantage ...

Ho Ho Ho, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam travel blog

Ho Ho Ho

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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... . Only problem now is that I am carrying round the equivalent of a library-worth of travel books. So are actually leaving Vietnam tomorrow after a great couple of weeks here. Thoroughly recommend it if you are thinking of coming is a great mix of ...

Good Mornin' Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Good Mornin' Vietnam

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... back tomorrow (is it any wonder) and Rorie was determined to find a home brew beer shop.  They have spent 2 weeks in Vietnam already so know the score.  We found one, the give away was all the desperate backpackers outside sat on the ...

I couldn't Miss Saigon, Saigon, Vietnam travel blog

I couldn't Miss Saigon

A travel blog entry by jeffs

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So, with Sarah well on her way back to blighty i continued my journey alone to Saigon. I endured a 10 hour bus journey, which apart from drinking with some locals en-route (always seems to happen to me) was uneventful. I arrived in Saigon in ...

Miss (and Mr) Saigon...., Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam travel blog

Miss (and Mr) Saigon....

A travel blog entry by grahamandrach

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... like 'where do we get the bus' where answered by the taxi's with 'oh, there are no buses', again we are learning about Vietnam fast... Our bus dropped us right in the centre of the cheap hotel district and we got a plush place with fridge and tv etc. ...

Delta Force, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

Delta Force

A travel blog entry by martinandkate

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Departing quite early in the morning we drove along the bumpy Vietnam highway to My Tho City. We were part of a 'Join-In' tour which is essentially the type which has a coach which drives around all the hotels and picks up a few people at each place. This ...

We have arrived, Ho Chi Minh City a.k.a. Saigon, Vietnam travel blog

We have arrived

A travel blog entry by adeleray

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... and her little sixteen year old niece who looked as hip as any of my New Yorker college students. I was actually surprised how modern Vietnam is now since I last visited in '98. The Vietnamese have progressed in such a short time. I dig Saigon and could ...

When Eric(a) eats a banana.......she becomes....., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam travel blog

When Eric(a) eats a banana.......she becomes.....

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... fact from Wikipedia).  Traditionally the people here have always been very poor however the fertility of this place makes Vietnam the second highest rice producing nation in the world and possibly the human growth capital as we have been told the ...

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