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... of my hotel so its quite a taxi ride
Once arrived at the Orphanage I was met by a big crowd! after being hugged by about 80 children it was straight into it, cooking for the kids dinner and making over 100 meals set up for the kids and carers. It was truly an amazing experience and something people will never forget, and hold onto for the rest of there lives! You'll ...
... in particular the 'pork' spring roles which didn't sit well with either of us. 20/07/2014- Today was our final day in Ho Chi Minh and we decided what better way to see the sights than a guided walking tour. Funnily enough the tour guide was from Leeds! We spotted the accent a mile off! We covered all the main landmarks in the city which included; Ben Thanh Market, Tran Nguyen Han Statue, Saigon Opera House, ...
... in the War Museum. Feels like we are learning a lot about modern history, some of which is truly shocking - particularly the use of Agent Orange during the War and the legacy it left behind.
After a morning of culture we had lunch at the Vietnamese equivalent of 15. Set up by possibly a bit of an Australian Jamie Oliver?
Then onto Chinatown (big Chinese population here) and a ...
... farm, canal transportation, and a real live water buffalo were among the highlights. We even happened to be on the same boat as a Swiss family that was on our tour the day before. They thanked us for running in the rain, even though we were miserably drenched, because it was for the good of the group. We all laughed about it, until a sudden storm popped up on the Delta and waves and rain drenched everyone on the boat. Day 2 of sopping ...
... colors of everything in the city and it was so fun to be wandering the streets of such a fast moving and unknown place. Our first stop was the Vietnamese Bank to swap our U.S. dollars for Vietnamese Dong. Funny thing is the exchange rate is 20,000 VD to $1! :P We walked away from the counter with over 6 million Vietnamese Dong! It was a THICK wad of cash :).
Armed with the local Moola we crossed the street and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAu Lac Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
This new hotel was a good choice for me! Traveling solo, this immaculate spacious new hotel is on a quiet street that has a police station across the street. Tourists routinely have safety problems in the backpacker area (near Bui Vien) and around the Ben Thanh market, so I was very happy that I chose this location. It's just a block or two away from the Palace Hotel and also the River, on that street and the nearby Dong Khoi, there are lots of restaurants, shops and galleries. The hotel staff is attentive and the shower was very good also! You can easily book through Agoda.
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