Andrew gets his dong out in the bank

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Vy Khanh Guesthouse

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Anyway we wake up in Vietnam and decide it's time to get some local currency (The Vietnamese Dong). Having no knowledge of exchange rates we couldn't resist but to get 1 million Dongs out.
(Turns out it is only about 35 Pounds)

At last we are millionaires!!

We then went to a local bakery and had the most bizarre coffee ever (a kind of sticky white cream stuck to the bottom of the cup) a tea and a selection of unhealthy savouries for about 10 thousand Dong each.  Erica edit:  Im in heaven - pastries yum!

After a bit more enjoyment of aircon and TV and electricity we headed to the Acer shop to see if we could sort out our laptop problems.  Whilst not charging is one small issue the many electric shocks I have had over the last few days has been another issue all together.  It has also meant we have been completely out of touch with everyone since that question.

After a 20 minute walk we found our office and they sorted out all our issues rather well indeed.  We then went to the cinema next door to escape a bit of the heat and watched some Australian guy put on an Irish / Scouse accent pretending to be Robin of Sherwood Forest.  It was ok I suppose (well it was at least an English film just with subtitles).  The cinema however was really cool, it was totally old school with velvet curtains and swags around the cinema screen!

We then headed to a beef noodle joint to sample the national dish and it was rather good, really very tasty and great value for money.  We followed this up by nipping out for a quiet drink but found Saigon very very welcoming and really interesting with all the traders and backpackers everywhere. We have at last really found "the backpacker trail". 

 It is completely kitted out with loads of busses up and down the coast, travel agencies offering all kinds of tours etc.  Well one beer turned into about 12 and we got back at midnight to be offered free food by our host.  Soup again with chicken and noodle.  All rather splendid really.

Also the people next door were having a funeral so had the dead body out on display and a few monks outside the door while everyone else looked like they were off to a Klu Klux Klan meeting in white robes and pointed hats.  In all seriousness it was very fascinating to watch and gave us a rare insight in to an aspect of life that hardly any foreign travellers get to see.

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