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    I was pretty confused at...

    by Dan_DeGoat Written Aug 25, 2002

    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. :)

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    Visitors are definitely going...

    by Dan_DeGoat Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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 :P

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    My first ever visit to Vietnam...

    by BorderHopper Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    CUTE PUPPIES

    by alyf1961 Written Oct 17, 2012

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    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….

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    BAI HOI BARS

    by alyf1961 Written Oct 17, 2012

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    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.

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    Semi-opaque geckos crawl the walls

    by RoseAmano Written Feb 15, 2006

    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!

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    The fabled durian fruit ..

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 18, 2004

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    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.

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    Why are the bottoms of the trees painted white??

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 18, 2004

    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.

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    Driving in Vietnam

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 24, 2004

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    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.

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    Currency

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 16, 2002

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    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.

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    Street life where everybody...

    by jlvillalba Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Street life where everybody drives a moto, and the motorcycle has to carry one, two, three or four vietnamese, yep.

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    The oldest temple budist in...

    by jlvillalba Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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!!

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