Stop 10

Trip Start Sep 09, 2012
Trip End Feb 02, 2013

Flag of Vietnam  , Ho Chi Minh City,
Thursday, October 18, 2012

This was the last sleeper bus we had booked before leaving Vietnam & we managed to get the back seats of the coach so it was like a double bed to ourselves, we did get thrown around a bit though! This was another long journey but we arrived in Siagon about 8pm.
We got dropped off right on the main street which was good & our hostel was not far. Despite it being late evening the traffic was still bustling & the air was hot & humid. We walked the length of the street & came to a junction that was passed our hostel but we couldn't see it! Turns out it was down a little alley way just where we had been wondering round! We were allocated a room, this time on the 5th floor so another hike with our bags as there was no lift!! We were sweating so much when we got into the room we were so pleased we had air con!!
We went for food in a place recommended in our lonely planet guide but it was pretty expensive!! We decided on booking a bus to Cambodia so this was first on our list for the next day. We decided to go to Siem Reap as it worked out cheaper to fly from Phnom Penh to Thailand but it ment having to travel back on ourselves!! We booked the bus but it wasn't a 'luxury' sleeper one it was just a normal coach for 12 hours on a normal seat!! We didn't know what we were letting ourselves in for!
We wandered around the city in the blistering heat. I couldn't believe the street vendors selling raw meat out on the pavement, in that heat was unbelievable- the smell was nauseating!! Near the area where we were there was a park that we walked in. There was funny apparatus that people exercised on that looked like a load of metal bars but was used as a cross trainer! We went to the market which was the same old stuff crammed in rows & rows of each other - no mulberry bags though!
We wanted to go somewhere cheaper for food so set off trawling the side streets to find somewhere. Nothing was very appealing & the cheap places just seemed to be selling beers & crab meat!! We opted for a restaurant again which was so expensive but we were sat on the corner of cross roads so it was nice to people watch for a bit!
The following day we went to the Reunification Palace. This was the old presidents palace. As we walked here we were approached by a guy carrying coconuts across his shoulders. Like a see saw with coconuts one side & water on the other. He pointed us in the direction of the palace which we were grateful of but we didn't stick with our instincts an we went the way he said!As we continued ahead he proceeded to follow us. He was laughing with Chris saying how tall he was & letting him hold his coconuts for a photo! He wouldn't leave us till we bought something so I got some water- which was double the price than a big bottle in the city! We then realised he had sent us the long way round. Probably so he had more time to blag us!! Typical! We found an amazing bakery where we had tea & also got a sandwich for our long journey in the morning as we had a very early start!
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