Ho Chi Minh

Trip Start Oct 25, 2006
Trip End Nov 19, 2006

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Monday, November 6, 2006

Today we had a completely free day as one part of the tour ends and next part begins. We lose Kirsty and Louise, Joe, Max, Grant and my the party animal that was my room-mate, Mario. We also lose Scotty who was fantastic all trip and Ainsley who followed us for most of the trip after 'losing his passport'. Whatever the story the blend of Scotty's enthusiasm and freshness with Ainsley's knowledge and passion for the area was a great combination.

Tonight I get to meet the 7 girls (women) and female group leader that will be joining Paul and Jane, Andrew and Amber and Me for the next part of the trip. One big bonus being the only single guy on the next stage of the trip I get a room to myself.

Saigon is a city of motorbikes. Everyone, everywhere on mainly Honda Moped. Whole families on a single bike the most I've seen on any bike is 5, a woman with 4 children. They use them to carry just about anything and we used them as taxis to get around town. We're riding on the back of a moped with no helmet, no idea where we are going with a driver who doesn't speak English, weaving in and out of the other mopeds all around us. Crossing the road is also fun. With roads like the picture on the left above, you just walk out amongst them, and cross slowly and deliberately as the bikes fly along either side of you. Watch my Road Crossing Video on the www.chrissy-lew.com version of this travel log.

I used free day to get a bit of normality after 12 days of back-packing. Got the laundry done and as you can imagine it really did need doing. I took a look around Saigon and then sat down a cafe on the corner for a leisurely lunch, watching the chaos on the road in front of me and hooking up to wire-less to see what's going on in the real world.

Met up with the rest of our group and we're travelling with the Golden Girls. We've got 6 Aussie women all of an age where you don't ask their age, but they've all got kids that have left home. Get them on the Chardonnay and I can see them being a handful!
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