1st Day in Vietnam!!!

Trip Start Mar 18, 2010
Trip End Apr 04, 2010

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

We arrived to Saigon, Ho Chi Ming City last evening late after a 29 hours total travel time. We flu from Hartford, CT to Chicago, to Vancouver, Canada, to Hong Kong China and finally to Saigon Vietnam. We went out last night with a couple from Santa Barbara, LA. This morning, the weather is awesome, sunny & warm=:) We are about to leave for the day , we will ride a cyclo around the city,  go to the reminants war museum, go see some markets, etc.
So far the Vietnameses are very nice and it look like we will have a good time in Vietnam!

We had an amazing day in Saigon! We took a cyclo and went around the city all day. We first stopped at Tay Son co. LTD. This company makes vases, plates and pictures made of polished wood were they glue egg shells and/or sea shells. The average piece takes about 3 months to complete. The process is hard to explain but we will annex a few pictures, so you can see the results. Worth the visit.
Then our driver took us to the war remnants museum. The war pictures & text were very shocking & explicit. There was also a lot of war equipment as well as airplanes, helicopters and tanks left by the Americans. It was very sad & depressing, but anyone that comes to Vietnam should visit this museum. We also saw the Notre-Dame Cathedrale & the post office both amazing buildings who survived the war.
We also stopped at one of the numerous exteriors markets in Saigon after going around vibrant downtown were  new buildings construction is booming. We also were impressed by how clean the city is compare with Thailand cities. Something shocking and scary about Saigon is the way peoples drive..... good thing it is 90% mopeds. Quite entertaining! (and coming from Eric's mouth it means a lot!)

 After this long day, we enjoyed very good Vietnamese food in District 1, which is the place to go for Backpackers. Here the ambiance is very nice.....a mix of western nations & locals. To end this, we went for the treatment!!! Eric & I had an hour foot massage followed by a shampoo, head & face massage. And... Eric had his first pedicure for $2.50 US after going over his fear of getting cut by theses instruments.
We will try to post some pics and will go relax on our balcony while sipping a local 333 beer and listening to the band playing across the street!
Tomorrow we are heading North for Mui Ne by bus. $5.00US/ Person for 3 1/2hour ride in an A/C equipped bus. We will go see the Red Sand dunes and discover this region of Vietnam.
See you later!
Eric & Sophie
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fredthebrother on

Salut Sophie, Éric,

Je suis bien content d'avoir eu de vos nouvelles. Tout a l'air de se dérouler pour le mieux. Ce que vous avez visité ça doit être quelque chose, vos photo en démontre long !

Au plaisir de suivre vos aventures ! Faites attention à vous.

Fred & Karine

Lisa Connors on

Sounds like you are having an amazing time!! Good to experience all of the craziness your new locale has to offer :)

helene on

Salut vous Eric et Sophie
belles vacances et photos. je suis contente d'avoir de vos nouvelles.Profitez en bien rt soyez prudents

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