07 Jun - 13 Jun 2010 Saigon

Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon
District 1
Bui Vien Street 40/18
Clean and comfortable twin room, with wifi, for only US$ 12.- per night.

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Enjoying a few days of leisurely down-time in Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon, Vietnam’s largest metropolis, and once again falling prey to the hidden charms of one of Southeast Asia’s liveliest cities [1] where teeming markets, sidewalk cafes, massage clinics, centuries-old pagodas, sleek skyscrapers and ramshackle wooden shops jockey for our close attention.

Gazing at the politically correct kitsch (pictures of heroic Vietnamese women waving red flags, wounded VC soldiers joining the Communist Party, uniformed children aiming AK-47s at tall GIs) in Saigon’s flaking Fine Arts Museum +84838294441 (free admission) and learning that Joe Jackson, the father of pop star Michael Jackson, attended on this year's Valentine Day a ground breaking ceremony for what will be Southeast Asia's largest entertainment complex, a five-star hotel and amusement park called Happyland in the nearby Long An Province (a 2-billion-dollar project, designed to accommodate 15 million tourists annually).

Laundering for VND 15,000.- or US$ -.80 per kg, washed and dried, at a friendly no-name neighborhood laundry next to our hotel.


Purchasing two single-entry 30-day tourist visas for Laos from the Consulate General of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic +84388297667 in Saigon and getting them issued within 10 minutes (requirements: two mug shots per person, US$ 50.- in cash per person) from the eager and friendly comrades. 

Following the heavily trodden Banana Pancake Trail and taking The Sinh Tourist’s +84838389597 reliable air-con open-tour bus from Saigon to Nha Trang (450 km, 10 hours, VND 130,000.- or US$ 6.80 per person).
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