Travel Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City
Left Auckland 11:00pm, 13hr flight to Guandzhou (China), 6 hrs in transit, then 3hr flight to Ho Chi Minh. So slightly tired on arrival. Saw John's friendly face to our great relief. Off to the Riverside Apartments where Helen & John live. Booked into our apartment (1,400,000 Vietnamese Dong for the night which made us feel like the mega-rich, …
... tops would sometimes be punctured before my mother opened the door – by the beaks of hungry blue tits.
The other early morning ritual etched in my memory is the extinguishing of the gas lamps. Hatherley Road used to be lit by gas lamps. Every evening a man would climb up and light each of the lamps that fringed our road, and in the morning he would return to extinguish them. It seems amazing now that these gas lamps were never vandalised. Vandalism ...
... on the back of Tan's bike and Jamie on the back of Don's. Rather unfortunately Jamie and Don were a little mismatched with the little Vietnamese barely 5ft tall! We rode to the Ho Chi Minh Trail which then took us past some stunning scenery seeing some of the real 'Nam' 50km down to a small village called Prao where we spent the night. The following day, Jamie's 26th Birthday! And of course the treat, another day on the bikes. ...
... having horn-volumes ranging from a massive lorry to a large sea-faring vessel. Demented from all the honking, Daryn and I decided to try our luck biking from Dalat to Nha Trang (about 80kms of biking). We figured that biking from the highlands to the coast would be easy; however, we did not anticipate that we would need to bike through quite a bit of highlands (very steep hills) first before heading down to the coast… I suppose it would have been useful to ...
... was good with it. Anna was the big surprise. As a kid who doesn't eat bbq chicken or pasta, and rarely ventures beyond her "likes", she just dove in, through caution away and went for it. We were surprised! I asked Anna why she went for it and she said "I dunno, I just really wanted to be a traveler and try all new stuff." Pretty cool! The night ended with another mad drive through the city on the motorbikes, and, yes, made it back in one piece.
Our second ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
Lovely resort with 13 three-story apartment buildings (4 apartments per floor) set in park-like surroundings on the bank of the Saigon River. Free transport into the city (minibus or riverboat). Friendly staff, and many long-stay occupants. Swimming pool, tennis courts, gymn, coffee shop, restaurant, etc.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.