Travel Agent, Tour To Da Lat
Whilst in HCMC we decided to take a 3 day 2 night tour to Da Lat in the highlands. We arranged this tour through BenThanh Tourist Travel Service located at 73-75 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, approximately 100 meteres along from Gloria Jeans Coffee restaurant.
The staff were very efficient and arrange the flight to Da Lat (40 minutes in the air), accommodation, a car with driver and guide to meet us at airport and take us on morning tours, plus the driver drove us to HCMC on the 3rd day.
Everything went smoothly, the accommodation was excellent. Contact detais as follows:
Phone: ++84 8 8273073
On my way back from Hong Kong
My seventh visit to Saigon was also in March 1965, when I spent one night at the Hotel Saigon after returning from my week in Hong Kong.
In a letter dated March 14, 1965, I wrote:
Hong Kong was a welcome relief from the idiocy and injustice -- and heat -- of Vietnam. I had a very fine time; did a lot of walking around the hills of Hong Kong island. I also spent three days in Saigon, before and after Hong Kong. So it was a good, long vacation.
From another letter of March 15, 1965:
Hong Kong was a good thing: cool, peaceful, clean -- well, not really clean, but the accumulated filth doesn't fester like it does in Vietnam, nor does Hong Kong have the pervasive smell of swamp- and fart-gas that hangs over Saigon. [. . .]
Best, in fact only redeeming feature of Saigon these days is the Centre Culturel Français, the only public building in Saigon that is not surrounded by barbed wire; there, in air-conditioned comfort, one can see the only decent films in town, for free; also recitals, lectures, etc. There is also a Goethe Institute in Saigon (and in Hong Kong, for that matter) and, of course, on the busiest corner of the largest boulevard in the center of town, the USIS library with the big plate-glass show windows. Look at the workmen, replacing all those plate-glass windows. All I can say is, USIS (commonly known as "Useless") must have a hell of a lot of plate glass windows stockpiled someplace around here.
(My photo on this tip shows Le Loi Boulevard, which was called Boulevard Bonnard in French colonial times, with the flags of nations which were at least nominally supporting the South Vietnamese government in 1965.)
Check it out the bahaviour of...
Check it out the bahaviour of the people right there, you have to believe me if i tell you that street life is the only way to live there because house are very small, and people is poor, even the police and shop manager!!
anyway, when I was doing shoppin, i found beautiful scopes to share with you, these pekinese dogs, horrible but nice
At Me Linh Square, by the river bank you will find this little nice bonsai garden. I found it by chance, was taking a walk along the river when I came across it. Not really outstanding, but nice and free!
U can't get lost, face the river as U are in the square and there U R!!
If it seems to good to be true...
Becareful of "leather" goods that seem too cheap to be true, it probably isn't. There are many places that sell pretty convincing fake leather, particularly aligator/crocodile leather, which may not show its true colors until you are long gone from the country. Stick with the old adage that if it is too good to be true it probably is.