Trip Start May 05, 2008
119Trip End May 05, 2013
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everywhere and a myriad of different honk tones assault your ears constantly. After some time here you start to get used to it. Simply, slipping down a narrow alleyway and you find yourself in a much quieter eddy where people live and eat on the streetside. I was surprised to find myself liking Saigon. We stayed in a backpacker area which was very touristy and Ko San-like. There is lots of budget guest houses there and loads of bars etc. I had three shirtstailored for $12 a piece. Figured I might need them for work in NZ and I have never had my own tailored shirts before. You even get a number and you can contact the tailor anytime and have new shirts made up and sent to you.
They keep all your measurements on file. So as long as you stay off the pies you should be good for tailored clothing for sometime to come : )
We met a French Japanese couple (Maxim and Yuko) in a beer parlour a few times. They were cool. The first day we met them they were planning on living in Saigon. Yuko got a job and Maxim was looking into teaching french. The next day we met, Yuko hated the job and was quiting and Maxim had just landed a job teaching french, in India! They were just going with the flow and didn't really care where they ended up. Dig them (Sorry, reading "On the Road", Jack Kerouac at the moment).
Did a cyclo tour of the city and looked like right tourists! I look like the man from Delmonte with that hat. I must
get a white linen suit tailored to match, hehe.