Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City ( SAIGON)

Trip Start Mar 20, 2006
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Trip End Apr 17, 2006


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Thursday, April 6, 2006

HOI AN TO SAIGON


Left Hoi An on Friday after another great feed in the old area of town, never got around to getting any
clothes made as time just got away from us. Got a cab the 50 mins. up to Danang, the place we were
originally going to be flying out of in 2 weeks. The plane had really packed in seats, luckily for me
my short wheelbase made it so I wasn't too cramped but it was a little different for Phil and Ryan.
Flight was ok, got into Ho Chi Mihn City after a little over an hour and first impressions were not
good at all. Hassled relentlessly by knobhead taxi drivers, politely letting them know to seek a fare
elsewhere as we were not going to use them. We walked to the international section of the airport
and the same thing, so we waited for a cab to pull up to drop people off and then we got in, thus
avoiding any of the "that hotel is dirty-not there anymore-full, etc etc. I got a bit freaked out with
a dodgy looking dude following us on a trail bike, then going ahead and letting us catch up (this
is in 5:30 peak hour Saigon traffic). After we passedd him for about the 4th time I gave him a wave
so he must've figured he was busted so he dissapeared.
We got dropped off in thew cheap hotel area and got an ok room on the 4th floor floor with a bit
of a view of the insanity down below. Even looked accross at the KFC store!!
Went out for dinner and the amount of hassling was a real pain, then the place we opted on had
pretty ordinary food and not very cold beer-Ryan enjoyed his 8th meal of spaghetti Bolognaise
though!!
In the morning we walked to the War Remnants Museum, until recently called "The museum of
Chinese and American War Crimes" - a very accurate description, but the name was changed due
to it upsetting certain members of our world society. I guess if the name hadn't have been
changed there would probably have been economic sanctions levelled at Vietnam by our
friendly muppet leaders!!! It certainly opened our eyes up even more about what really went
on. Look up things like "Son my(mai) massacre" from March 16, 1968 and other searches on
Agent Orange, and learn the reasons for 70 million litres of toxic chemicals being dropped
on Vietnam. I guess in a few decades we'll be able to visit places in Iraq pretty much spelling
out a similar story!!!! At least they've got oil, I suppose that will justify it.

Posted stuff back home, six tshirts and a couple of books and that cost $25us, and it's
surface mail.Had a bit of a wander and got to see a better side to the place, when there's no
'moto-bike' - 'cyclo' - 'eat in my restaurant' people about the whole place has a different feel.
(By the way, that goes for Phnom Penh as well but you can add -'tuk tuk' dudes to it as well).
Had lunch in Lotoria, a fast food place with some ok burgers. Took some photos of some
interesting electrical wiring outside. Later we had some beers in this 'wild west' themed
restaurant on the balcony overlooking a park. Being a Saturday there were families playing
badminton with varying amounts of enthusiasm, and one thing I was told about was the
Saigon version of "Pasion Point" or old fasioned "Parking". Hopefully I'll include a picture
of it with this entry, but the bikes park about a metre from each other and the couple sit
on the bike cudling and chatting etc.(Not quite as private as the back of a panelvan but
it is a crowded city!!!!!). Funny stuff!!!
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