Ho Chi Minh City

Trip Start Sep 28, 2005
Trip End Dec 24, 2007

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Monday, March 20, 2006

The boarder crossing was pretty hasstle free. I had to get the bus from Phnom Penh to the boarder (7 hours)then another bus for 2 hours to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). There was a few English girls on the bus to talk to so the time went pretty quick up to the boarder and after there was a cheery tour guide to give us 'the lowdown' on Saigon so that was pretty good. I had to pay 1000 Riel on entry for no apparent reason but it is usualy better to pay to avoid the hasstle (it is only 25 cents!)

Once in Saigon i got a bit of a shock, it is massive and i had no idea what i was doing! Everyone gets off the bus and litterally runs to find the best accomodation! Eventually i found somewhere to stay in the guidebook but once i got to the door i realised it was closed! I kept passing people i reconised from the bus and then some guy asked me if i needed anywhere to stay. I followed him to some dodgy back alley and he showed me this room for $4. It wasnt too nice but i accepeted as i was desperate. On my way back to get my bag from the tour operator i bumped into Jamie and Juliet (from Sihnoukville). Jamie helped me find somewhere much better to stay for $5 but with a tv and hot water hurray!!!

The next day was ment to be a walking tour day but i got up late. I spent the afternoon walking around but very lost! (It was mainy because i had the map upside down!)In the evening i met jamie and Juliet again and we had some drinks - it is a really nice place by night with all the neon signs and general hustle and bussle (i have never seen so many motos!)

The following day i did my walking tour and so saw a war museum, history museum, art gallary, Ho Chi Minh City museum, a pegoda, the post office and a cathedral. I more than made up for my previous lazyness! Some woman also tried to grab a wadge of notes out of my walet whilst i was trying to pay as well. I stoped her but she still made off with a couple of noted (although it only came to about $1.5 so i was pretty lucky).

Today i have just bewen to the Ch Chi tunnels (where the Vietnamese fought the Americans undergrownd). It was pretty cool and got to climb through the tunnels. There was only three of us in the group - me and 2 Dutch girls so we had the whole minibus to ourselves. We also saw mass at a temple which was very colourful abd had amazing music so it has been a really good day.

Tomorrow i am off to Mui Ne as i feel i have done Saigon now. I need to keep moving if i am to see everything in a month!
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