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Tintin au ViÍt-Nam!
(or… Paul's Motorcycle Adventures)
Day 1 (Friday July 4th 2014):
At the airport it was a bit like En Attendant Godot (aka Paul aka Tintin). The flight from Abu Dhabi arrived late, and Paul phoned to tell me he was stuck in a very slow visa queue. Would he ever emerge from Arrivals? Had my previously untested visa-on-arrival plan misfired? Would the Viet authorities detain Crusty Paul (this was how they mispronounced his name) ...
... a Mulberry purse for a whopping price of £5 to go with her handbag. We stopped for an ice coffee and I started the blog and also looked into things to do in Hong Kong as we have an evening flight tomorrow. We showered and changed for dinner and Peta found somewhere to get her nails done and I found a bar on the corner of a busy junction where I watched the cars, busses and mopeds dance around each other from the balcony enjoying an ice cold beer. I'm still amazed that I've not seen an ...
... the Vietnam war. We marvelled at the opulence of the presidential palace and the contrast of the underground bunkers. We played in the palace grounds and walked and walked and walked.
The markets are loud and crazy and tightly confined and you can buy every brand and very item. We all enjoyed bartering for prices and walked away with some bargains and some not!
... back from the rest of the group. You'll most probably need a guide. On the way back into town you can be dropped off at certain museums along the way. It would be great to tie this trip in to a visit at the War Remnants Museum which pieces together the bits of information delivered on the tour into a balanced and well rounded picture on the war. If you're running out of time, head straight to the fourth floor for the requiem exhibition. This space is dedicated ...
... and without subtitles. We ordered soup at one rest stop, and had enough time for half a dozen mouthfuls before getting back on the bus.
Six hours later, at about 10pm, we finally arrived in Ho Chi Minh City. We found a hotel near the bus station, then had to go out for cash as they wouldn't accept card payments. We withdrew $100 and became millionaires! (1 US dollar is roughly 20,000 Vietnamese ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking