Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
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Trip End Nov 06, 2012


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Flag of Vietnam  , Ho Chi Minh City,
Saturday, September 29, 2012

AM

Woke up at 5:40am because we couldn't sleep for some reason and then dozed off until 12!

We went out walking to explore today (quite muggy weather). The traffic wasn't as crazy today but I'm still awed by the motorbikes....they will literally carry anything on them!

The guidebooks suggested a cafe (Green Leaf cafe) on the road Dong Khoi which is the 'posh' street with shops like Gucci, Versace etc. We tried some Pho (seafood rice noodles) for the first time and some shrimp rolls. Our lunch cost £630,000 (£21) for us both. I like the Pho (particularly after I added some chilli) but not the rolls.....a bit too fishy for me! We then went browsing in the shops (very overpriced).

We spotted the Opera house too (not really my scene though lol).

PM

Met our tour guide Dave today. Really friendly guy in his 40's I think. He is Australian and has lived in Vietnam for 10 years! He gave us a brief low down on the trip and told us not to carry a handbag at all due to burglars (so happy I bought that money belt!).

We then met up with our fellow travellers and went out to dinner in the Backpackers district :)

Our fellow travellers are:

- Alicia - from Birmingham
- Alison - Nottingham
- Justine - Belgium
- Rianna - Bournemouth
- Ryan - Canada (Vancouver)
- Nicole - Vancouver (Ryan's sister)

The dinner was lovely (we went to this place which had great Mexican food ( I had an enchilada). I paid about 130k VND (£4) for dinner and cab back..bargain!!

The conversation on my end of the dinner table for quite intense for a bit...apparently the group had just come from Cambodia and went to a site where thousands of people were killed after being repeatedly tortured. I almost cried when they were talking....I don't think I could face going to a place like that myself. Dave recommended a book called the Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley. It apparently shows how the world is getting better. I've just downloaded it and will read it on the train tomorrow.

I felt like a bit of an old lady because I ordered a coffee after dinner while the rest of the group did multiple tequila shots lol...(at least I won't have the hangover tomorrow lol!). All in all I had a fab evening and I really like the group :)

TOMORROW

The plan tomorrow is is to visit the Cu Chi tunnels in the morning. This is what Wikipedia says about them:

'The tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped achieve ultimate military success'

We are allowed to actually go in one although we have been warned they are very narrow.

At 6:30pm we are leaving to get the sleeper train to Na Trang so if I don't get a chance to post a blog tomorrow ill catch up the day after :)

It's 12:38pm and I need to get up at 6 so ...goodnight! X
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