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Travel Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City
... skills were excellent, and we chatted most of the way whilst everyone else stared at the only white guy on the bus (that was me, by the way). Phong insisted on paying for my ticket, and then went as far as offering to put me up with his family for a few days. What a gent! If time had permitted it, I would have loved to have stayed with some locals – you can’t get much more cultural than that. We exchanged emails, so should I ever return ...
We walked down many roads today just to get our bearings and see which shops are worth looking at when everything finally opens in a few days.
We managed to walk into someone's house thinking it was a shop that's open, that was awkward. A young Vietnamese lady was sitting down, we walked in asking for help and she looked at us really surprised and scared and near enough ran into the back ...
... and we finally had some super delicious Jasmin tea. Refreshing. At last we were taken to the dock at the other side where Yang and the other tour guides awaited our arrival. I said goodbye to Tang who gave me a huge hug and kiss (I loved the way she said my name, she was awesome), said goodbye to my new friends (sniff) and off I went back to Saigon with my terrible driver (gulp). The drive made me a bit drowsy so when I arrived in Saigon I checked back ...
... the incense candles. Guess you cannot ask for much more than that.
All in all a very interesting and varied morning. has given me a more in depth insight into the historic past of Saigon.
On a lighter note this evening will be a food evening, set up by my guest house for a number of the guests, a chance to travel around Saigon at night visiting various esteemed food places. I have deliberately consumed nothing but beer today in anticipation of the event!
... of the bus packed in, so the second half of our journey into Vietnam was pretty hot and sticky, and we arrived in Saigon looking (and smelling) in need of a nice hot shower.
We went to the first 3 Guest Houses on our Trip Advisor list, only to find they were fully booked (oh dear), but the 4th place had a room (hurrah!) and we negotiated a rate of $13 per night, including air con (hurrah again!). Our Guest House, Y Nhi, is on a small back ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet