Ho Chi Minh City (also know as Saigon)

On the 29th, Ger, Rog, and I took a bus from Hoi An to Danang and then a flight from Danang to Saigon. We had the option of either taking a 24 hour train to Saigon or a 1 hour flight.  Seeing the price difference was only $11.00, we obviously decided to fly.

After checking in to our hotel with difficulty (apparently they did not have our reservations…) we went for a nice Pho (soup) and relaxed. The hotel, An An Hotel, is nice. The three of us are sharing a room.  The hotel is fairly new and the rooms are great.
That night, we met up with Fiona and Dave from England, whom we met in Halong Bay. We went for supper and drinks. The five of us and had a lot of fun. I had a Vietnamese fondue, it was really good. We are going to meet up again with Fi and Dave in Cambodia in January.

Rog and I spent the next day exploring Saigon on foot. It was fun. Once again, the traffic is crazy!! We went to visit the presidential palace (called the Reunification Palace) and also the War Remnants Museum. The latter was quite disturbing with many pictures from the war and the terrible effects of Agent Orange and Napalm on the civilian population. That night Ger, Rog and I went for supper to a very nice restaurant called Lemongrass. We shared a bunch a dishes, it was delicious. Then I came back to the hotel (I have had a cold the past couple days) and worked on the pictures. Rog and Ger went out on the town.

And today is New Years eve! No firm plans yet but one of the streets close to our hotel is closed for a big party so we might hang out there…

Tomorrow, January 1st, we flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia to go visit the ruins at Angkor Wat. On the 5th, we flight to Kuala Lumpar in Malaysia for 2 nights, and then bus to Singapore for 3 nights and then we flight from Singapor to Bangkok to catch our flight home.  Time sure does go by quick when you are having fun!
Till next time…

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