Ho Chi Min City - good morning Vietnam!!!
05.09.2010 - 19.09.2010 85 °F
Ok so I arrived safe and well in Vietnam, after a shot flight from Hong Kong. I arrived at the very busy hot and sweating airport where I embarked on finding my hotel transfer. The hotel was centrally located giving a good feel of the local area and how people live in this amazing city also known as Saigon.
After checking in and heading to the welcome party, I got to meet 11 great people who will be my travelling companions for my tour around Vietnam. Our tour guide from Intrepid is from Vietnam in the North, so there is nothing that he does not know. Am sure we are in for the time of our lives.......
On our first day we visit all of the amazing sites that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer, including a cyclo tour so we get to experience the crazy traffic in the city first hand. Families of four mum, dad, and two small children all on a moped, yes you can only imagine.
Day three we leave and start our travels to Vinh Long!! This is where we do our homestay to experience how the locals live, a huge difference from the City I can assure you. We take a bus ride to Mekong Delta, where we take a boat ride along the Mekong river, which connects Vietnam to Cambodia by water, plus is the gateway to the Indian Ocean. Everywhere we go we are greeted with huge smiles and people saying 'hello' the only word that we both know and understand, upon our arrival. Due to our great guide he has taught us some key words so we can interact with the locals, rather than them always making the effort to communicate with us. For example the following:
Hello - Xin chao
Thank you - Cam on
See you later - Hen gap lai
Yes - Vang (North)
Yes - Da (South)
No - Khong
Excuse me/sorry - Xin loi
Along with basic phases for drinks and food, all of this has made a huge difference to our travels and enables us to get by on our own and enjoy our free time on this tour.
I am so glad that I decided to return to such a wonderful place, although I am very different from them, they could not be more welcoming. Walking through airports I am made to feel like some sort of celebrity as everyone just stops and stares at me, guess they were not expecting to see such a tall female with such long legs, walking through there airport. Although a little daunting the first time it happened, I do not feel threatened in any way, totally the opposite, actaully it feels like a place I could call home.