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Mar 5, 2017 - A not very good start in Vietnam

Today we travelled a lot. We got on the bus at 8.30am which took us to Vietnam. I got my visa sorted in Phnom Penh. Basically I gave my passport and 45USD for the hostel guy who took care of it. I got it back yesterday. At the border we had to wait till we all got our passports back and they also checked our bags. The whole thing literally took about 15-20mins. Maybe because we came by bus and the driver took all our passports so they checked them in one which got us through quicker. We got to Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City at about...

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Jan 21, 2017 - Never did I think I'd see the day....

After a smooth flight and a relatively painless baggage reclaim by our new tour guide and driver – Nghia and Kiet. By the time we had left the airport it was just after 3pm so we had just a couple of hours before our evening food tour (which I was so excited about!). Unfortunately due to the upcoming lunar new year the roads were completely rammed heading into the city. We had been warned that traffic in Ho Chi Minh challenged that of Hanoi – and I would say it completely surpassed the volume of bikes. We eventually arrived at our hotel at...

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Dec 25, 2016 - Day 2

Glad to leave the hotel of the nylon sheets behind. Cycled into town and found a nice market. Took pics of the wares including fresh cane toads!!!! Bought some oranges and nice pastries and we sat by the side of the road to eat them. Headed towards a mountain all day. Tried to stick to smaller roads but lots of same - small industrial towns, rubbish and huge noisy trucks. At one point we cycled through a rubber plantation and found a random workers house blaring music out. The shade was very welcome even if the road was as muddy as a...

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Dec 25, 2016 - Day 1

Good morning Vietnam and happy Christmas! I've had better ones to be honest than waking up on a rock hard bed in a dodgy room in rural Vietnam but at least I don't have saddle sore or sore legs. We slept on a filthy smelly mattress with nylon sheets last night. There were condoms in the shower and old chewing gum on the headboard. Eeeew. Yesterday we cycled 55km in total from Thu Dau Mot to in Binh Duong a sprawling suburb of HCMC to Long Hoa in Duo Tieng, Bing Duong. We are heading in a north west direction from Ho Chi Min City towards...

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May 25, 2016 - Forbisia 2016 Vietnam

6 filles (dont Bahia) et 6 garcons pour les promos year 4, year 5 et year 6 ont ete selectionnes pour une competition sportive des British school d'Asie a Ho Chi Minh. Virg venue pour supporter sa fille et son ecole. Si NAIS pudong Shanghai n'a pas remporte de medaille pour le t-ball ou le footbal, ils ont ete brillants en athletisme et natation. Pendant 3 jours complets, ils se sont donnes a fond et ont fait preuve d'un excellent esprit d'equipe, de perseverance et bonne humeur. Tout cela, sous une chaleur tropicale. Et pour la plus grande...

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Apr 1, 2016 - No fooling! We really did this.

Our wonderful guide made an offer to those of us brave enough to have a motorcycle ride early this morning, at 7:00 a.m. There were probably a dozen or so of the group, including Hugh, Eileen and me, who took him up on the offer, and what a truly, out-of-the-box experience it was. I mentioned previously about the lack of safety standards, but Vietnam has legislated the wearing of helmets on a motorbike, unlike the other countries we have visited, but then they needed to because of the sheer numbers of bike riders in this city! So we were...

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Mar 31, 2016 - Saigon

Firstly, I must make a correction to yesterday's blog: the river running through Saigon is the Saigon River, not the Mekong. The Mekong River bypasses Saigon and empties into the South China Sea south of here. Our new guide, Vuong, explained that though the city is called Ho Chi Minh City, the people still call it Saigon. The government refers to it as Ho Chi Minh, but does call the central downtown section of the city Saigon. Ten million people live here and, from the looks of it, nine million of them drive motorbikes, mostly Hondas. After...

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Mar 30, 2016 - Crazy Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

It was a very quick 50-minute flight on Cambodia Angkor Airlines to get us from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam. After easy immigration process in the beautiful, modern airport, we emerged to find a young fellow from Gate 1 who escorted us via bus to our hotel right downtown on one of the main streets that has a wide pedestrianized promenade up the centre between coming and going traffic. The part of the promenade that is right in front of our hotel has a large and beautiful fountain that cycles through quite a...

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Feb 28, 2016 - Ho Chi Minh City

Ridiculously hot and sticky we walk along Bùi Viện in District 1. It is a shock to us both to feel this warm. We sit down at a small restaurant to shelter from the sun and make a plan for our stay. With the city offering up such a rich selection of sights and museums, as well as the Mekong Delta and Cu Chi tunnels being so close by, we know that we are going to need more time here. Plus, this kind of heat requires a slow tempo to avoid melting entirely In spite of everything else that this great city has to offer, vibrant nightlife,...

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Feb 5, 2016 - Tet in Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon)

Having little time to sight-see in Saigon before the Tet festivities began, we immediately headed to the War Remnants Museum (previously known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes), the Reunification Palace, and the Cu Chi Tunnels. These landmarks contain powerful displays of the "American War," including demonstrating how the North Vietnamese managed to survive underground for years while our government destroyed their country and killed 1.3 million men, women, and children through bombing, landmines, napalm, and Agent Orange,...

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Dec 22, 2015 - Ho Chi Mihn (Saigon), Vietnam

It's Wednesday morning at 5:36am and Aaron and I have been awake since around 2. Well, I'm up now, Aaron thinks he will sleep a little more which is what we'd been saying the last 3 hours. Adding 16 hours to your day all of the sudden can really mess with you. We thought we were super hard core the night before last when we were up at 3am looking for pho. The last time I was awake and functional at that time was like when I was 23. Turns out there are others up at 3, and also eating pho (which means street food). I'll skip over the...

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Oct 17, 2015 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Pete took a Crew tour in Ho Chi Minh City with a group of his friends. They saw many significant sights pertaining to the war in Vietnam, including some very tiny tunnels that were used by the Vietnamese for hiding. In general, the Vietnamese people are very small, compared the many of the US soldiers who would not have been able to fit into the tiny tunnels. They also had the chance to get something to eat at a nice restaurant in the city, which must have been a nice break from ship food!

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