Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
01.08.2011 - 04.08.2011 86 °F
This is our last day in Hong Kong. We wake up early, with the hope that we can book accommodations in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly "Saigon").
While Essie sleeps, Jigga goes out to hit the Flower Market and Amy tap-tap-taps away on the computer, finishing work and emailing every Guest House/Hostel/Hotel in HCMC with a reasonable rating. We'll be arriving in HCMC at close to 11pm, so we wanna be sure to have a sure thing and not be trolling the streets of a busy city at night with a baby. Reasonable, right?! We wrap up our biz, pack up, and head out after a snacky brunch.
Flight Path - Hong Kong (HKG) - Guangzhou, China - Ho Chi Minh City - aka "HCMC" (SGN)
Despite an early arrival in Hong Kong and smooth boarding there - we even had time to "cash out" our Octopus transit cards and get a whopping 93.70 HKD Refund! (that's $12 USD!) - China was another story completely.
At all costs - AVOID CHINA IF MAKING AN INTERNATIONAL CONNECTION FROM ANYWHERE IN ASIA.
I'll just leave it at that.
Aug 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
We arrive in HCMC to our Guest House, Hotel Dai Huy Hoang, which is small, but clean, with a very kind, attentive staff. They help us to our room, offer us breakfast and assistance in booking any tours, sights, busses or trains (this one doubles as a Tour Booking Biz, as many do). Amazing! While we have a double Twin bed room tonight, we will move to a huge Double bed/Twin bed room with fridge, private bath, A/C, fan, tables/chairs and a big Samsung flat screen TV. Not bad for $11USD pp/night.
Off to bed - exploring HCMC tomorrow! Ben Than Market looks interesting...