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Jan 15, 2018 - Vietnam - Southeast Asia Cruise

We arrived at the port of Phu My, Vietnam and were taken by bus (1.5 hour drive) to the city of Ho Chi Minh City, AKA City of Saigon. When the North Vietnamese won the war in 1975 they renamed the city in honor of their revolutionary leader who actually died in 1969 and while Ho Chi Minh is the official name, both names are still used. Residents even call themselves “Saigonites”. Along the way all the streets we traveled reminded me of all the other Asian streets I have seen in the past forty years of moving around Asia – some things never...

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Jan 14, 2018 - Cambodia

Cambodia 2nd January – 11th January The journey from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh in Cambodia was on a public boat and took about four hours. As usual, the sights and sounds on the river were fascinating – people living, trading, fishing in such an unfamiliar a style of life. Squalid on the one hand, comfortable, sociable and cooperative on the other. The immigration and visa process took place at some point on the river. We disembarked, having had our passports removed by the boatman. After some time we were put back on the boat and proceeded,...

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Jan 12, 2018 - Vietnam- first time round

Vietnam Part l 27tthDecember – 2nd January The flights to Ho Chi Minh City had resumed in time for our lunchtime departure, although thousands of people had been evacuated from the city due to the typhoon, now downgraded to a tropical storm. The only indication was that our connecting flight was about two hours late. When we arrived there was no sign of the storm. We had engaged a local company,effectively a fixer, to help us to get visas. The forms had been in Vietnamese and we had been promised an express service. A young man met us at...

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Jan 7, 2018 - Vietnam Part 1

Vietnam PartOne 27th December We left Perth for a lunchtime flight to Ho Chi Minh via Singapore. We were somewhat concerned we might have difficulties as Vietnam was evacuating thousands of people due to the typhoon in Malaysia heading towards Vietnam, the evacuation included many people from the Ho Chi Minh area. However we were fortunate that the typhoon had been downgraded by the time we flew out of Perth. When we got to Singapore our connecting flight was on time but eventually left about two hours late. The previous day all flights to...

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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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