Sleepless in Saigon - 2nd September 2008 @ 1:19 pm «   »

Location: Vietnam : Sleepless in Saigon

The bus dropped us off in a very busy backpacker area with lots cheap hotels, bars and restaurants. Jan walked around, looked at a few different hotels and found one that suited our requirements, right in the middle of all the action.

Hoi Chi Minh City , also called Saigon, is the second largest city in Vietnam with almost 6 million inhabitants and 3 million scooters buzzing through the streets at all hours.

We only had 1 day in the city, so we spent the morning talking to different travel agencies about Mekong Delta tours. Originally we wanted to visit the Mekong Delta on our own, however after comparing the costs and effort of getting there ourselves with a package tour, we decided on a 3 day/2 night tour. Due to the lack of reliable public transport, it can be very difficult to get around the country independently, which is why this is now our second arranged tour in Vietnam.

After sorting our our travel plans, we visited the Ben Thanh Market where you can find anything and everything under one roof, so we stocked up on some souvenirs and gifts for the family. Due to the heat we ran out of steam before getting around to all the sights on our to-do list, but at least we had a good sampling of Saigon’s culinary scene during our short time there.

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