Ho-Chi-Minh City / Saigon

The Pickpocket City

We wanted to leave Phnom Penh in the evening and take a night bus to Ho-Chi-Minh-City, but due to the TET, a vietnamese holiday, all the bus were fully booked, so we had to wait until the next day and waste a day into travelling.

After a 6 hours bus with the company Mekong Express, including the border crossing, we finally arrive at the bus terminal in HCMC around 2pm, under the rain. We did not book any hostel before coming, so we had no idea where to sleep, and had no map of the city. Of course, a really nice taxi driver took care of us and of our precious money by making tours into the city to increase the meter and thus the price. 50 meters and 20$ laters, we finally arrived in the backpacker area, District 1, and found an hostel.

We heard so many bad comments about how dangerous is the city and that you should be really careful with your valuables, but nothing happened to us since we were really careful, maybe too much. We didn’t feel safe at all in the city, not even to take my cellphone or camera out of my locked backpack, that is why I don’t have decent pictures of HCMC

Just at the corner of our hostel, we had the first and the best Phò ever in Vietnam. The Phò is the famous Vietnamese soup, made with a chicken or beef broth, rice noodle, beef or chicken, chili, basil, mint and (fèves germées). It is definitively our favorite Vietnamese food ever. After dinner, we wandered in the backpacker area to have a beer or two and to buy some souvenirs. The streets are full of the flashing signs of the many restaurants, all making a special beer deal for you.

The next day, we finally visited the National War Museum, relating the Vietnam War.

We then left HCMC during the evening with the first of our many vietnamese sleeper bus.

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.

*Visited May 6th & 7th


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