Vietnam series: Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Tuk Tuk outside the Dang Derm Hotel

Tuk Tuk outside the Dang Derm Hotel

Today is 9 October and my Air Asia flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Bangkok is at a reasonable 9:45am. 

My pre booked taxi arrives to collect me at 6:00am and, somehow, I have managed to be ready on time.  My taxi heads off to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).  Continue reading

Vietnam series: Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam

I will miss you Ho Chi Minh City

I will miss you Ho Chi Minh City

I have spent 4 excellent days exploring the beachside peninsula of Vung Tau, staying at the back beach of Bai Sau. Sadly it is now time to check out of the My Le Hotel.

I pay the additional hotel charges which includes a minibar charge of VND$48,000 (AUD$3.00) and laundry charge of VND$148,000 (AUD$9.00). Continue reading

Vietnam Series: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and its museums

Vietnam streetscape

Vietnam streetscape

I wake up on a Thursday morning in the largest city in Vietnam… Ho Chi Minh City, also known as HCMC or by its former name of Saigon.  I am staying at the Mai Phai Hotel which itself is located centrally on Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh, having arrived fairly exhausted last night following a 5 hour bus trip from Mui Ne.  I am feeling better having had a good sleep and am ready to tackle the day.  Today’s plan is to explore the city and its museums.  Continue reading

Vietnam series: Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam – from beautiful beach to bustling city

Last look at Mui Ne beach

Last look at Mui Ne beach

I have just spent the afternoon exploring Mui Ne and now leave the lovely and relaxing resort beach of Mui Ne behind as I head to the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh where I will spend the next couple of days exploring.

To get to Ho Chi Minh City, I am taking a bus.  Travel time to HCMC is 5 hours.  I find a seat on the bus and next to me arrives my new best friend “Aziz”.  Continue reading