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Quận Một

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  • Day21

    Ho Chi Minh City

    November 10 in Vietnam

    Our first stop in Vietnam before making the motorbike trip up north was Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Our AirBNB was right in the middle of the city so we didn’t have to walk far before finding something to keep us entertained. Also Traffic here is nuts!

    HCMC has a lot of wet markets, which you can buy all types of spices, nuts, fresh fish, chicken, red meat and many other items of food. Walking around one of these markets is crazy; you see people on scooters carrying loads that would struggle to fit into the boot of a car, freshly caught fish flapping around in containers, and other food items we’ve never seen before.

    You can also visit the Ci Chu tunnels in HCMC. This was part of a massive underground network here used by the Vietcong during the vietnamese war. We crawled through one of the tunnels which had been enlarged since the Vietnam war and we still struggled to fit through this. We done a tour of the tunnels and it has a decent amount of anti-american propaganda to the point where it is quite comical. They show a video of one of the decorated Vietcong soldiers who received the title ‘American killer hero’ for the large number of American’s she killed. However, no doubt atrocities were committed by both sides of the war.

    Vietnam is famous for their street food. One thing we really liked here was egg coffee. It tastes like a Cadbury cream egg with a hint of coffee. Milk use to be very scarce in Vietnam so whisked egg yolk was used as a replacement.

    HCMC also has a bird cafe in a park which was just around the corner from our Air BNB. It's where alot of locals bring there birds to each morning and let their birds sing to one another so the birds can learn other birds songs. One of the many random things you'll find throughout SEA.

    Like most other cities in SEA you don’t have to go far before you can find Chinatown. HCMC’s Chinatown has a street that is lined with pagoda’s. On this street we visited Ba Thien Hau Pagoda. It is a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess. The interior has colourful dioramas decorating the roof which are lined with spiral like incense burners. You can pay a couple of dollars to add one to the roof which apparently takes a few weeks to stop burning. Being the classic white tourists in an Asian Country we bought one to add to the roof. Here’s hoping it provides us with a bit of good luck as we bike up north.
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  • Day32

    Ho-Chi-Minh-Stadt/ Saigon

    November 10 in Vietnam

    Verschlafen kommen wir gegen 23Uhr mit einem ziemlich bequemen „Liege-Bus“ in Saigon an und checken in unser Hostel ein. Morgen früh geht es gleich mit dem Flieger nach Malaysia, also wollen wir uns zumindest einen kurzen Eindruck von Saigon machen. Laufen zur „Partystraße“, setzen uns mit einem Bier mitten rein und da sind sie die Eindrücke. Saigon bei Nacht, Bars, Discos, Menschen aus allen möglichen verschiedenen Ländern, überall rote kleine Plastikstühle, mit Drogen befüllte Luftballons, Verkaufsstände an Fahrrädern und Rollern, die sich ihren Weg bahnen durch die Menschenmassen und getrockneten Fisch verkaufen, eine Oma, die Zigaretten verkauft, Menschen, die einem unauffällig „Kokain?“ zuflüstern, Verkäuferinnen mit Kindern/ Babys auf dem Arm und Kinder, die selber etwas verkaufen oder betteln. Zu wenig Zeit um sich ein Bild von der Stadt zu machen, aber nach zwei Stunden Schlaf geht es weiter zum Flughafen.Read more

  • Day14

    15 km durch Ho-Chi-Minh-Stadt

    January 15 in Vietnam

    Wir haben die Sonne ☀️ gefunden! Damit wir behaupten können, alles wichtiges hier gesehen zu haben, haben wir uns früh auf den Weg gemacht - gestärkt mit Eiern zum Frühstück (gibt es hier immer und in jeglicher Variation 🥚🍳). Nach einem Besuch in der Markhalle („Hey, can I help you?“ wird man ständig gefragt) haben wir uns den Wiedervereinigungspalast angeschaut: 60-er Jahre Chic und Waschbeton lassen grüßen! Danach ging es über die Marienkirche zum Bitexco Tower (für einen Überblick von oben vietnamesischen Kaffee im 52. Stock) und final zur Pagode des Jadekaisers ⛩, um uns über die Möglichkeiten der 10 Höllen zu informieren 😈🔥✌🏼Read more

  • Day76

    Ho Chi Minh city

    February 3 in Vietnam

    Eindelijk is het zover. Hier heb ik zolang naar uitgekeken. Ik ben in Vietnam. Eerste stop: Ho Chi Minh city of Saigon, zoals de stad heette voor de oorlog. Het contrast met Phnom Penh is groot. De stad is hypermodern en Westers met hippe coffeeshops, brede voetpaden, propere straten, veel grote kledingwinkels en groene stukjes doorheen de ganse stad. Saigon is wel overdreven druk en hectisch. Het verkeer is een hel. Overal rijden brommers en auto’s kris-kras door elkaar. Het is telkens weer vol spanning afwachten of je de straat in één stuk zal over geraken...Wonder bij wonder blijkt het nog te werken ook. De massa’s brommers slalommen zo om je heen terwijl je langzaam de straat oversteekt. Verkeerslichten tellen hier ook niet mee. De algemene ongeschreven regel luidt: rood betekent dat je mag oversteken als je denk de tegenliggers te kunnen vermijden.
    Mijn dagen zijn voornamelijk gevuld met ontdekkingstochten door de stad. De architectuur is zeer uiteenlopend: Van wolkenkrabbers tot het Franse neoklassieke operagebouw. Tussendoor stop ik voor een heerlijke koffie met gebak in één van de duizenden hippe en gezellige coffeeshops doorheen de stad. Mijn favoriete plek in de stad zijn “the apartement cafés”, een kluwen van leuke winkeltjes en coffeeshops verstopt in een oud appartementsgebouw. Ik ga er shoppen, drink de lekkerste koffie en eet mijn buikje rond. Dit is leven in luxe. De “eggcoffee”, koffie op basis van opgeklopt eiwit en suiker, is een aanrader.
    Verder bezoek ik het War Revenants Museum, waar ik meer leer over de oorlog tussen Vietnam en de Verenigde Staten. Om deze indrukken te verzachten en de dag met een leuke noot te beëindigen, gaan we ‘s avonds naar een water puppet show kijken. Dit authentieke poppenspel in water verteld eeuwenoude Vietnamese legendes op begleiding van een traditioneel orkest. We begrijpen geen snars van het verhaal, aangezien het spel in het Vietnamees wordt gebracht, maar het is toch leuk om zien. Vooral de techniek achter het poppenspel intrigeerde mij enorm: Een groep van 10 mensen besturen de poppen terwijl ze in het water staan achter een doek.
    Met het Chinese nieuwjaar in zicht zijn de voorbereidingen in de stad overal aan gang. Uit het niets rijzen er overal bloemenstukken en grote decoratiestukken op. Het is een mooi gezicht. Ik kijk al uit naar het Chinese nieuwjaar, dat wordt volgens mij een geweldige ervaring. Ik zal niet in Saigon zijn, maar in Hoi An en dat is minstens evengoed, of misschien zelfs beter!
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  • Day109

    Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh #1

    August 21, 2017 in Vietnam

    Obwohl wir letztes Jahr schon einmal hier waren, konnten wir es uns nicht nehmen noch einmal die schönen Gebäude aus der französischen Kolonialzeit hier in Ho Chi Minh anzuschauen! Auf den Bildern seht ihr die Notre Dame Kirche, das Rathaus, das Postamt von innen und außen sowie die Oper 😊

  • Day39

    Saigon este

    January 14, 2015 in Vietnam

    A recepcios csajok (ahogyan az a kepen is latszik) egy kicsit izgatottak lettek, amikor megtudtak hogy a Tominak szulinapja van. Rogton beszereztek neki egy tortat, meg segitettek foglalni asztalt egy nagyon kellemes kis etterembe. Vacsi elott mikor indultunk volna, lekapcsoltak a villanyt a hallban, betettek a happy birthday vietnami verziojat , es odaadtak a Tominak a meglepi tortat. Nagyon aranyosak voltak!!!
    Saigon vitathatatlan elonye pl Hanoi-al szemben, hogy rengeteg kerthelysege van, mi is egy nyitott helyre mentunk. Az asztalok mellett keszitik a kajat, szoval valamennyire street food, de itt biztosan nem romlott meg a hus a tuzo napon ;)
    Tomi ledontott par Saigon sört, en koktelt toltam. Utana meg beugrottunk a szomszedos borbarba, ami nagyon europai volt. Miutan kaptam hideg proseccot, egesz kerek lett a vilag :))) aztan beszelgettunk meg egy jot az ott dolgozo nagyon kedves francia lannyal. Az eddigi utunk alatt sok kedves kulfoldivel ismerkedtunk meg. Altalanossagban elmondhato, hogy inkabb amerikaiak, ausztralok, ujzelandiak, angolok es persze oroszok utaznak erre, de semmikeppen sem kelet-europaiak, mint mi. A masik kulonbseg, hogy minimum 3honapra jonnek, de talalkoztunk olyan parral is, akik 1evig utaznak. Hoi anban a szallasunkon lakott egy uj zelandi par, akik harom(!) gyerekkel utaznak 3 hetig, amik az apukanak, aki tanar, szunet van az iskolaban. Az is kiderult, hogy ott a kozepiskolai tanarok kb 10-szer annyit keresnek, mint nalunk.
    Egyebkent nagyon belejottunk az utazasba, a kezdeti paraim mar egeszen normalizalodtak. Tudnam meg csinalni, de nem hiszem, hogy akarnam 2-3 honapnal tovabb :)))
    Most hogy kb 1%ot lattunk egy masik kontinensbol jottunk csak ra, hogy meg mennyi helyre el szeretnenk jutni!
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  • Day57

    Exploring Saigon

    April 13 in Vietnam

    We left the boat at 8 am, and headed for our hotel. After checking in and dropping off our bags, we met our guide for a one day tour in Saigon/HCMC. (We’ve noticed that young people refer to the city by its official name — HCMC. But, people over 40 seem to use the older name, Saigon.)

    Our guide for the day was Jenny (or at least that is the name she gave us, although her name badge said Thranh). She grew up in the Mekong Delta, where she was raised by her grandparents, as her parents live on a boat that is used for transporting products. (She made it quite clear that she is much closer to her grandparents, than her parents, and that it is quite common for grandparents to raise children whose parents work/live on the water.) She moved to HCMC to attend university. She rents a room, which she now shares with her brother (who also came to the city to attend university). The room has a bathroom, and a hot plate, and is approximately 150 square feet. Her monthly rent is $200. Jenny works full-time as a guide, and tries to work as many days as possible during the high season as it is hard to get work during the low season (which is from May through November). During the low season, she studies so that she can improve her tours. This year she may learn a new language — either Korean or Spanish — as you can make more money leading tours in one of these languages, and there is a shortage of guides conversant in both languages.

    We started our day at the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are located just outside of HCMC. The tunnels were created during the French occupation, but were expanded during the American war. During the war, the tunnels were used by Vietnamese who supported the Vietcong and now have been turned into a museum and war memorial. The tunnels had two separate, but related purposes. First, the tunnels were used by the local community as a place to live while fighting was going on above ground. Second, the tunnels were used to allow the Vietcong to fight against the Americans, primarily by allowing soldiers to move around without detection. There are three levels to the tunnels — one is 6 feet under ground, the next is 12 feet under ground, and the deepest tunnel is 18 feet under ground. The tunnels are connected by a series of holes and diagonal tunnels. The tunnels run for a total of 65 kilometers, and within the system of tunnels are underground kitchens, sleeping quarters, and rooms used for medical procedures. In sum, an entire city. Despite the complexity of the system, the tunnels are extremely small. We had a chance to walk through a small portion of the tunnels. We had to duck down to get through, and were told that the tunnels were made substantially larger to allow westerners to go through them. The heat in the tunnels was simply overwhelming. I can’t imagine how people stayed in these tunnels for days on end.

    The tunnels are located in a jungle forest. As we strolled through the forest, our guide told us that every plant had been destroyed by Agent Orange during the war. Looking at the dense forest that we were walking through, it was shocking to think that it had all been laid waste. As we walked along, we also saw a maze of trenches that were used by the Vietcong for warfare. Many of the tunnels connected these trenches. And, amidst the trenches were huge variety of traps that were built and used by the Vietcong during the war. It was all frightening, and made more so by the sound of gunfire that we could hear from the nearby shooting range. I can’t imagine how horrible it was for both sides.

    After finishing up in the tunnels, we returned to the city. We started at the War Remnents Museum, which was built by the government of Vietnam in 1975, immediately after the end of the war. The museum was created as a propaganda tool, and portrays the US in the very, very worst light possible. There were galleries with photos taken by the journalists who were killed in the fighting, galleries of pictures of children born with deformities due to Agent Orange, and galleries about other atrocities committed during the war. Obviously, the museum does not present any information about the atrocities committed by the Vietnamese, and it was a war, but as an American, I felt like a monster by the time we were done. Of course, the cherry on top was the very last gallery that we walked through on the bottom floor, that had a detailed history of American opposition to the war. Beginning in the early 1960s, Americans were already vocal in their opposition. By the late 1960s, men who had fought in Vietnam had returned to the US and were actively opposing further involvement in the war. Despite the opposition, our government continued this pointless war. Such a tragedy.

    Our last major stop of the day was the Reunification Palace, which was both living quarters and governmental offices from the end of the French occupation, through the end of the Vietnam war. The current building was constructed after an earlier palace was destroyed during a bombing at the end of the French occupation. The Vietnamese government created this fantastic modern structure which is composed of huge, impressive rooms, that are both decorated in a contemporary style, with nods to Asian traditions in the art on the walls and the color schemes (red and yellow are very prominent). The building is quite beautiful.

    We finally made it back to the hotel, tired and hot, but excited to spend a few more days exploring the City.

    After cooling off a bit, we decided to take a walk to get a banh mi sandwich for dinner. As we strolled, we were struck by the ways in which Saigon and Hanoi differed. Saigon is so much more modern and clean that Hanoi, as well as considerably more western — both in dress, in the style of clothing that people are wearing, and in the way that life is conducted (life seems to be conducted on the sidewalk in Hanoi, with people, food and scooters forcing you to walk in the gutter). Of course, my perception is undoubtedly affected by the fact that Hanoi was our very first stop in Southeast Asia, and I was totally unaccustomed to the pace of life, as well as the sights and sounds of Vietnam. It would be interesting to go back to Hanoi now, and see whether it feels as frenetic as it felt a mere five weeks ago, when we began this part our adventure.
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  • Day61

    I had a great time on the beach in Mui Ne, but I'm glad to be able to escape the sand flies and stay in the air con again. I'm in Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, in a very nice hostel. I'm having a nice like in with YouTube (Steven Wright, Bill Engvall, Craig Ferguson, etc.), but will be on the prowl for a haircut and mani/pedi this afternoon.

    I hit the Hard Rock Cafe last night to buy a pin, passing the beautiful Opera House on the way. There was a great band playing at the HRC, so I stayed for some food and drinks. Really great.

    Out for now. ✌️

    P.S.: "There's a pizza guy nearby that only sells slices. When you go there, you can watch the guy tossing up little triangles of dough." 😂😂😂 I love Steven Wright.
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  • Day63

    Sunday is a Hashing Day!

    August 5 in Vietnam

    Getting ready to meet up with the Saigon Hash House Harriers. Yay!

    Yesterday was a lot of walking, but I got new shoes--I'm afraid what the Hash will do about that--so it was better than it would have been in flip-flops. By around 3 pm, I couldn't take anymore of the heat, so I spent a couple hours in the hostel before heading to the World of Heineken. Amazing!

    First stop, floor 49 for the observation deck. Next, floor 60 to begin the tour, which includes my first use of Virual Reality goggles in a kind of mini-ride where you are made into beer, bottled, and sent to a party, all while you sitting in racing seats while he deck below you moves and cool or heat fans blow on you. Cool.

    Next, down the stairs to Floor 59 for a lesson on how to pull properly a glass of Heineken. Then we got to drink it. 🍺 The bar was a big red star! Next was getting behind the wheel...of a video game. Formula 1 racing thing with gas and brake pedals. Very cool. The last stop was down the stairs again to Floor 58 where we tasted two new beers named Wild Lager. Instead of using the Heineken yeast, they use one found in the Himalayan Mountains and another found in the Argentinian Patagonian Forrest. The Himalayan one was better. We also had two free beers 🍺🍺 and a water 💧(responsible drinking) and I spent a few minutes speaking with a Irish couple. Back on the ground floor, I got my personalized bottle of beer 🍺. Yay! Although I'm going to have to figure out a way to get it cold so I can drink it before I have to pack again (Tuesday).

    Got get dressed! ON ON! Out for now. ✌️
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  • Day64

    Monday is a Hashing Day!

    August 6 in Vietnam

    I had a great time with the hashers yesterday. We took a hired bus about an hour southwest of the city. The trail had mostly been washed away, so the hare went along with the pack to remark it. Semi-live trail, I suppose. I did a lot of searching, so I wound up doing about 6 miles. Anyway, it rained buckets down pretty much the whole day, and we wound up having circle inside the bus. It was great fun. Aussies, Dutch, a Kiwi, an Israeli, a few Americans, a German and is daughter who was named, an Indonesian, Brits, Vietnamese...good mix. Afterwards a few of us went for dinner back in the city. Very nice evening with new friends.

    Today's hash is in the evening after work on the east side of the city across the Mekong River. There should be many of the same people, and I'm looking forward to it. Until then, I'm engrossed in an odd novel by Michael Palin, of Monty Python notoriety, about a English post office employee who is obsessed with Ernest Hemingway.

    Out for now. ✌️
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