HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
02/19/2015 - 02/24/2015
Depressing title right? Well despite the catchy alliteration, it describes most of my time in this city. But first the fun stuff...
Jon and I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) and were put back into the craziness of scooter driving but at least in this city the sidewalks were actually used for walking not for selling souvenirs. We got in a lot of museum time here visiting Ho Chi Minh City Museum, The Reunification Palace & the War Remnants Museum and learned a lot more about the Vietnam War (they refer to it as the American War by the way - weird!)
Highlights here were having cocktails at Chill Sky Bar which was a swanky bar super high up that overlooks the city (think Vegas wannabe skyline) followed by drinks at a cute little VW Bug car bar. We had an extremely friendly young bartender who spoke decent English who let us play whatever ever music we wanted on youtube through his computer behind the bar.
The computer also came in handy for times when we couldn't fully understand him since he had google translate pulled up so that we were able to type in our sentences to fully communicate to him all night long. It was awesome.
Jon had to leave on the 21st which made for a very sad, emotional day. I was also still not quite fully recovered from the food poisoning in Cambodia so took it pretty easy in this city overall. Luckily our hotel, Beautiful Saigon 3, was in a great little alleyway just off the main road in the backpacker area of District 1 so it made for a comfortable home base.
I still managed to cruise around lots of streets around a big park in the city, checked out a huge flower market and went up to the 68th floor of the Saigon Sky Deck which overlooked the city, but mostly spent my time laying low after the whirlwind of the last 16 days. Ho Chi Minh City is a huge city and I know I only barely scratched the surface of what to do, eat and see there. However, for this point in my trip I needed to take a breather from the constant go-go-go. Plus now that it was time to officially be on my own, I had to spend a lot of time figuring out what the heck I was going to do next which was time consuming in itself.