I took a nap keeping my valuables secured while I dozed off for the next 4 hours. My driver was really kind to ask me if there is somewhere I still want to see but he might have seen the confusion in my face that he was happy to drive me somewhere really remarkable. The bus ride to Song Than station took 30 minutes and another hour train ride to Saigon that I arrived in Ho Chi Minh at 7:30 in the morning which is 2 hours late of my expected arrival depriving me of some time to rest. Try visiting the Bitexco Tower where you can get a 360-degree view of the entire city.
It is safer and lets you take advantage of the strong USD exchange rates. You may think I am such a cheapskate but you wouldn't really want to spend over 100.000 Dong buying yourself water every now and then. Did you book for your accomodations in advance?
I am trying to finalize my itinerary to Vietnam and since I will be landing to Ho Chi Minh , it will be a reverse to what you did when you travelled. Hi Keza, your blog is very informative and helpful. I just browsed the internet for budget hotels there.. I went to Vietnamnon the last week of March last year.
I was surprised at what a long way the city has come since the war - there are lots of chain restaurants, skyscrapers, and parks throughout the city. Perhaps the biggest cultural draw in the city is the War Remnants Museum. Outside of HCMC are the Cu Chi Tunnels which were used by the Viet Cong during the war, and also an authentic peak into Vietnam's horrid past.
Most hosts speak decent English, so no need to worry about the language barrier! Hotels - More expensive, but still a bargain, there are plenty of hotels and private rooms that you can book right before coming to each city. Beer - Tiger and Saigon are Vietnam's local beers, starting at 25 cents USD for a glass.
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Enjoy a Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat with visits to a cave and an island lookout. Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Take advantage of Hoi An's many options over the 2.5 days in town.
Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Travel day with border crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia.
Guided tour of Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields).