Thursday, 22 December 2011

Arrived in Saigon

We just arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (the locals still refer to it as Saigon). I wish I have a big enough memory card to capture the hustle and bustle of this city. It's crazy,.. everywhere!

We started our day in Phu Quoc this morning as Malcolm, Em and I took our last swim in the ocean. The ocean water was warm and fabulous. Temperature was around 27 C and rising. We took the hotel shuttle to the nearby airport and checked in., as we went thru the scanning section at the airport we had a little glitch. The authority discovered 2 jars of "mam" from Phu Quoc in our carry-on. They belonged to Chi Hai. The jars had to be in the check-in luggage which already left the terminal. Crap, we had to leave them behind. 45 minute flight and we were back in Can Tho. Took a taxi to the Saigon-Can Tho bus terminal. We left Can Tho at 1:30pm. It was a good ride on a big bus like a Greyhound. Besides the the driver there was a director who came along on every ride to pass out bottled water and wet naps to each passenger. It was kind of cool. One thing we haven't tried is train. We did the plane, automobile, boat, taxi, Emily tried the motobike. We arrived in Saigon at 4:30pm. Found our hotel Ming Khang on Vo Van Tan. It's quite modern and confortable. This will be our home for the next 4 days. It's 6:30pm and we are going to venture outside the hotel for a bite to eat. STay tuned,.


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