I was pretty confused at...
I was pretty confused at first, by the naming of the city. I mean, it's now Ho Chi Minh, right? Many locals still refer to Saigon. After a while, I realised that the place is called Ho Chi Minh, but the city centre itself is called Saigon. :)Add to your Trip Planner
Visitors are definitely going...
Visitors are definitely going to be totally stressed out by Vietnam's traffic. There seem to be so little pedestrian crossings, so U hafta do that stop-look-walk kerb drill thing. But the vehicles do not slow down for you!
The best tip was given by my tour guide. 'When u cross the road, either walk straight forward, or stop. Never EVER step backwards. The drivers all aim for your back.'
Yeah. Right. That means a blind man could cross the road right? Din have the guts to close my eyes and cross the road though :PAdd to your Trip Planner
My first ever visit to Vietnam...
My first ever visit to Vietnam was back in 1998 to the city of Saigon. It was a real mind blower and I was lucky enough to have traveled with some family friends. Since that first trip I've been back several times and I never stop learning something new about the Vietnamese people and their culture.Add to your Trip Planner
We were told by locals that these puppies were for sale as food which is a delicacy in Vietnam. I don’t object to eating dog but these were so cute….Add to your Trip Planner
BAI HOI BARS
The beer is brewed without preservatives so it needs to be drunk the same day. These bars are very basic and very cheap. This one was next door to our hotel it opened from about 10am until late.Add to your Trip Planner
Semi-opaque geckos crawl the walls
I'm not sure if they are a nuisance or appreciated (if they eat mosquitos or other bugs), but they are plentiful especially near any source of light!Related to:
The fabled durian fruit ..
This sign was next to the elevators in our hotel forbidding us to take the fruit to our rooms -- why?/ As good as it TASTES, the smell is overwhelmingly unpleasant.Related to:
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Why are the bottoms of the trees painted white??
I've heard 2 stories.
1. To keep the insects from crawling up the trees.
2. To keep the motorbikes from wrapping around the trees.
You pick.Add to your Trip Planner
Driving in Vietnam
International or U.S. driver's licences are not considered valid in Vietnam. Foreigners renting vehicles may risk prosecution and imprisonment for driving without a Vietnamese licence.Add to your Trip Planner
The U.S. dollar is more or less a second currency in Vietnam. Other foreign currencies are not readily accepted. U.S. money is so common that change will frequently be given in dollars.Add to your Trip Planner
Street life where everybody...
Street life where everybody drives a moto, and the motorcycle has to carry one, two, three or four vietnamese, yep.Add to your Trip Planner
The oldest temple budist in...
The oldest temple budist in Saigon, I do not remember the name, but is in the way from airport to the center, close to the rue de Pasteur!
This area is full of towers and statues of Buddahhhh!!Add to your Trip Planner
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