Vietnam here we come!
01.03.2013 - 02.03.2013
Can't believe we have had a week here already! yesterday (1st March) we spent the whole day travelling on a bus!! bloody boring if you ask me but our visa started then so we wanted to get to vietnam! We met a couple from Holland on the bus with us which was a relief as together we were the only travellers! the bus journey was about 14 hours and wasn't too uncomfy, but there always seems to be a lot of changing buses and food stops (but i guess thats part of the adventure). they seem to be very relaxed about all the changes but it might have something to do with the fact that they probably take this route regularly as they were stocking up on Angkor Beer and cigarettes to take into vietnam! Just have to go with the flow! The border crossing was interesting and a lot nicer than the crossing into Cambodia! After we had crossed the border we had yet another stop but we had some vietnamese pork and noodles which was really nice, and as pathetic as we are we still have to get to grips with using chopsticks properly! i am determined though!
We got to Ho Chi Minh City at about 8.30 and decided that together with the couple from holland that we would search for accomodation. luckily we found out the the guy spoke fluent vietnamese, as they seems to speak a lot less english here than Thailand and Cambodia, and we soon found a place to stay with nice big rooms down an alley way. it was also nice because we had a great view of the city line from our window, which i think in other hostels you are lucky to get or have to pay extra for a window! We went out for a drink with the couple which was really nice, i think they liked the fact we were an exception to the british culture of drinking, as they said they could probably point out a Brit in a resort or on a night out! (not really that suprised).
we then spent today (2nd) walking around the city. we visited the War museum which was fascinating and definitely worth a visit especially paying about 15,000 dong which is less than $1. it housed some incredibly strong images of the war and i think we both found it really moving! some of the detail about the torture methods was horrific especially the results of using Agent Orange across vietnam, and the effect can still be seen today in deformities of children and disease! powerful stuff!
This afternoon we checked out of the hotel and have been doing some more exploring and chilling for a bit. we have a sleeper train later to Nha Trang which is next to the beach so we should have a few days chilling, i dont think either of us can wait! it is a lot of moving around but i guess we are seeing a lot more that most do in 6 1/2 weeks, when most take months! A good excuse to come back and do some more exploring though for sure!
p.s apologies for the lack of photos but it has been hard to upload them as you have to upload them one by one which is very slow! I will try to put more up but reassuring people there is no shortage of photos being taken some incredible sights!