Monday, August 27, 2012

Saigon a steaming hot city too bad I was sick would have liked to try more foods

On our last day in Mui Ne, my stomach wasn't feeling very good and it was pretty much the same for our weekend in Ho Chi Minh city, I know thats its name but the locals we asked including myself still like the old name of Saigon. We had arranged our second couch surfing experience with Hang Dinh. Can't say enough of this young girl she works as a TV news reporter, writes for travel websites, travels herself and still has time to host complete strangers in her downtown flat in Saigon's centre. Every night after a long hot day of work she still managed the energy to take us out, showing the city and telling us great stories of her life and travels. 

bike parking at our host apartment, can you spot mine?

famous Ben Thanh Market, in the centre of Saigon has everything, but don't forget to bargain
checking out the War Remnants museum 
Ji, riding our host scooter was exciting. just for the picture Hang did the driving 
enjoying ice cold Saigon beer, with seafood along the river

were not coffee drinkers, but we loved Vietnam's strong sweet ice coffee
During the hot afternoons Ji and I would venture out to see the city ourselves and also did some last minute repair to my bike. One of the pedals were acting funny had them both replaced for $6, cheap. Saigon has had its troubles in the past and you can see evidence at the War Remnants Museum but from what we saw the future looks bright for Ho Chi Minh City. Loads of great restaurants, cafes, shopping new buildings and felt safe, but what stands out most was our time with our CS'rs host, thanks Hang for a great time.

Next we will ride the Mekong Delta while making our way to Cambodia.