Halong Bay and heading South to Saigon
Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
54Trip End Aug 20, 2008
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Our hotel in Saigon is right in the middle of the city, so we immediately noticed all of the motorbikes whipping around. I think our guide told us that there are 9 million people in Saigon and almost 4 million motorbikes. It is insane watching people drive around. At almost every country on our trip, people have immediately associated American food with KFC, and there are a lot of KFCs around compared to other western chains. Since we were both tired and had a little travel fatigue, I went out to get some takeout from a KFC down the street from the hotel. (Neither one of us could remember the last time, we had KFC). Anyway, a 30-year old western man walking around downtown Saigon by himself, at night, invites a lot of attention from certain types of people plying their trade. I was quickly and often approached by people offering "sexy massage", and had 2 ladyboys try to get me to join them on their motorbike....umm, I'll pass....and run home now. Later on, I learned how different it feels to be walking around alone vs with your wife....at least until we got back to Bangkok (see later entry).