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... within minutes from my doorstep and it’s not far from the city centre drinking scene either. I generally go out 3-4 times a week and have found the local swimming pool and gym which is more a resemblance of a hotel resort – it’s awesome!
The great thing about living in Saigon is that you have everything you need pretty much on your doorstep. I even have a personal ‘Xe Om’ driver who takes me everywhere at ...
... our hotel the next morning and we would decide after we'd had time to research where to go. We then went round a few more shops. We bought some pirate DVDs to watch on Kerry's laptop when we want to have some nights in. And I bought the current Lonely Planet guides on East Coast Australia and New Zealand for the next leg of my trip. They were colour photocopies of the originals so I got them at a bargain price of £8 for both! We then went back to the hotel and ...
... I am on the 4th floor (walk up) in an 8 bed female dorm. Thankfully there is an attached bathroom (countless hair products litter the shower) and THANK GOD there is AC. First night went okay. I pretty much stumbled up the stairs and got into bed. Unfortunately I got an upper bunk which made me worry since I have a history of falling off bunkbeds. But I am willing myself not to do that now ...
... to the flower selling district and
happened upon a local family in one of the alleys. I smiled politely at a young
boy who was playing outside the family house/hovel when the mum said something
to the boy, who then took of screaming. The interpreter told me that the mum
had said to the boy that I was a bad man come to beat him up for being naughty
(gangsters have shaved heads over here).
After almost 24 hours of sleep, with the sun pouring in the window at 6.30am, it was probably time to get up wasn't it? Out in the city by 7am, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and managed to hop aboard a tour to the Cu Chi tunnels by 8am. Not bad, I say.
Arriving at these famed war time tunnels, I am still feeling a little crook from my bout of 'seasickness’ from the bus yesterday. I don’t think the heat ...