Whatever can go wrong...
Trip Start Oct 10, 2008
16Trip End Oct 27, 2008
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Where I stayed
The Ritz Hotel
So, we went back into town to the Vietnam History Museum. It gave us a nice overview and had some interesting exhibits...and some odd. They had a room of Buddhist statues from SE Asia and showed pictures of temples in surrounding countries, but none from Vietnam...odd...then we saw that the US Ambassador was bankrolling the exhibit. Interesting and strange.
We still had plenty of time, so we hopped a cab for the Hotel Intercontinental....an old landmark that has been refurbished...much to the chagrin of oldtimers
Then it's back in a cab to the airport. A few words about HCMC traffic: OMG...ok that was a few letters, but really! It's stunning. Wall to wall motorcycles with a few taxis and buses squeezed in between. The fashionable VN woman wears opera length gloves on her moto to keep her skin fair. She also wears flesh colored socks with her sandals. And she often wears a sweatshirt even when I'm sweating! Can't figure that one out. More understandably is the mouth filter...which reminds me, I need to get some eye drops!
Today we saw I guy with a huge computer printer strapped to the back of his moto...yesterday a guy driving with another guy facing backwards holding a huge wooden drum painted red! Almost as good as the 8' ladder.
Well, the train tickets for Sapa just got delivered. So we are off to explore the old quarter of Hanoi. More later.....