A & EM Hotel I

179 Ly Tu Trong St., Ben Thanh Wd., 1 Dist, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A & EM Hotel I
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Forum Posts

How to go Cu Chi Tunnel

by cherylpotato11

1)Is going to Cu Chi Tunnel from District 1 by taxi expensive? How much would it cost?

2)Or are there any good reliable and cheap tour that goes to Cu Chi tunnel?

Re: How to go Cu Chi Tunnel

by chrystal9111

We ended up going on a tour bus through the Marriott in Ho Chi Min which was the best deal available at the time. It was full (6 people) and the guide was really nice. We found the taxi to be more expensive and they only drop you off and if you want them to wait they will charge you. If you let the taxi you arrived in go and get a taxi later they charge you alot since you really have no choice to get back to the City.

Re: How to go Cu Chi Tunnel

by chrystal9111

We ended up going on a tour bus through the Marriott in Ho Chi Minh which was the best deal available at the time. It was full (6 people) and the guide was really nice. We found the taxi to be more expensive and they only drop you off and if you want them to wait they will charge you. If you let the taxi you arrived in go and get a taxi later they charge you alot since you really have no choice to get back to the City.

Re: How to go Cu Chi Tunnel

by cherylpotato11

So how much did you pay for the tour bus? There are only 2 of us so not much economies of scale. What rate is considered reasonable?

Re: How to go Cu Chi Tunnel

by balhannah

A year ago, tour cost $7 plus admission.

Re: How to go Cu Chi Tunnel

by locbuuloc

I recommend taking a tour.

Re: How to go Cu Chi Tunnel

by cherylpotato11

Thanks all.

Re: How to go Cu Chi Tunnel

by NYTim

I took a tour organized by Sinh Cafe on De Tham Street two weeks ago. I paid only five US and it was a very good tour.

Re: How to go Cu Chi Tunnel

by singnomore

Hi NY Tim,
I looked at their website and did not see anything remotely close to USD5.
Is this price for a tour group?
I am going there on my own.

Re: How to go Cu Chi Tunnel

by NYTim

yes this was a group tour of 25 people.

Re: How to go Cu Chi Tunnel

by singnomore

Thanks.

Travel Tips for Ho Chi Minh City

Internet Cafe

by shintarojon

(last date visited - Dec. 22, 2004)

Diem Truy Cap Internet
Internet rate - 4,000 dong/hour
Address: Kem - Sinh To - Giai Khat 141 Bui Vien Q1

Comment - Internet service in Saigon is really fast!!!

The Queen of the Chanticleer

by Nemorino

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My tenth visit to Saigon was in June 1964 for the purpose of having a physical examination.

On June 8 I left Xuan Loc on an HU-1B helicopter and flew to Bien Hoa. From there I went by car to Saigon, via route 1.

The main thing I remember about this visit was that I saw the film "La Reina del Chantecler" starring Sara Montiel. This was her 39th film, shot in Spain in 1962-63. It turned out to be the same film that had been playing in France under the title "L'espionne de Madrid" and in Italy under the title "La dea del peccato".

(In case you missed this film, the songs are all on YouTube.)

While I cannot claim to have seen all 47 of Sara Montiel's films, the ones I remember all followed roughly the same pattern, a series of songs connected by a more or less plausible plot, with Montiel playing a sultry femme fatale who uses men and tosses them aside.

In real life Sara Montiel has been married four times (quite an accomplishment considering divorce used to be illegal in Spain), and she claims to have had a number of other relationships including one-night-stands with author Ernest Hemingway and actor James Dean.

At first I didn't believe her story about James Dean, because I was under the impression that he was decades younger than she was, but it turns out they were only three years apart -- Montiel was born in 1928, Dean in 1931. My false impression no doubt arose from the fact that Dean died young whereas Montiel in her eighties is still alive and well and is a frequent talk show guest on Spanish television.

The supposedly last photo taken of James Dean before his death in 1955 shows him together with Sara Montiel during a break on the set of the film Giant, which was released in 1956.

http://infomontiel.tripod.com/

Currency

by Unknownsu

The currency currently used in Vietnam is the Dong. The exchange rate to the American dollar hovers around 15,000, give or take a few thousand. In Vietnam, everyone's a millionaire! USD is the second currency of choice and also very convient. It is accepted everywhere, including small vendors to huge 5 star hotels. To give you an idea of pricing, outside the touristy areas, a bottle of water should cost 5,000. Fresh coconut, 3,000. Bowl of Pho (noodle soup), from 3,000 to 15,000 depending if you are in a restaurant or eating at a street stall. Thank You to danfro for bringing up the subject that the Vietnamese Dong cannot be converted outside the country rendering it useless at home. Make sure you get rid of all your dong prior to leaving or keep 200,000 for the airport fee.

The Different Representation of Religions

by Aidy_p

Cao Daism is all about bringing together the world's religion. Both the temple and the priests and priestess were decked in very warm colours. Among the worshippers, those wearing Yellow represented Buddhism, Red represented Confucianism, and Blue represented Taoism.

Ben Thanh

by maria_hz about Stores & Markets

The Ben Thanh market is often classified a sight, but you can also do a lot of tourist shopping. Those in the know, claim that better bargains can be had a the Bin Thay market in Cholon (Chinatown). Anyhow, go here for the market feel and do shop if you feel like it. This is of course a major toruist haunt, so do haggle, like everywhere in Asian markets.

Being used to really big markets elsewhere in Asia, I was surprised to find it was smaller than I expected. Nonetheless, this market had absolutely everything, and I mean everything. Except for the usual stuff you find at this type of market, such as chop sticks, dried fruit, nuts, spices, silk, shoes, clothes, lacquerware etc etc, but also fresh food, coffee, and clothing fabrics.

The market itself has a bit of history too. The buildings housing the market were built in 1914, but the market itself traces back at least to the 19th century. Beautiful chopsticks, lacquerware was what I fancied the most, however for practical reasons I had to restrict myself to Vietnamese ethnic handicraft.

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