Sigh...such sad parting as the accommodation and food of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) was excellent. We dined. we danced, we said a sad goodbye to our two friends and we boarded the bus to Campochia (Cambodia). We packed a lot of interesting culture, learning, and fun into the days we were residents of one… Continue reading So Long Saigon – Until we eat again!
The only real complaint from our group about the restaurants we visited was the a fact that they had 40 page menus! But, the real dilemma comes from only being able to eat one main dish (although some of us tried for more). It was almost an impossible number of choices each time we sat… Continue reading The Plague of the 40 Page Menus
Well, the excursion to the Mekong Delta was not at the top of my 'must see' list....but it should have been and I am so glad that we went along with it, for the ride so to speak. We took a boat from the edge of the city to Coconut Island and then a number of… Continue reading The Mekong Delta and Islands Tour (includes snakes)
The Saigon cyclo tour was fast paced and exhilarating to say the very least and terrifying at worst. The drivers were very professional but the number of cars, mopeds, and motorcycles was quite overwhelming. Some of our group thrived on the excitement and some of us were completely overcome with the sheer chaos of darting… Continue reading Saigon and the Psycho Cyclos
Ah the comical faces under the conical hats, just makes my heart swoon! What a great time for our group with bicycles, boats and water buffalo in tow. The group looked like the nursery rhyme 'three men in a tub' as they squeezed into the small tea cup shape boats and floated down the river.… Continue reading Country Bicycle Ride and farming
Upon arriving in the southerly city of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) we checked into our Hotel and were immediately thrown into the bedlam of the city streets by taking a stroll (well more like a fast paced walk while trying to avoid cars speeding at you from every direction) to the Phở 2000 restaurant.… Continue reading The Lotus Boutique Hotel, Pho 2000, and Chill Sky Bar
Hoi An is a lovely city of lanterns. Yes, and it is not so busy as other cities we have visited, but, there are over 600 (yes, you read that right)...600+ tailor shops in Hoi An. It is simply put the 'capital of the stitches' of Viet Nam. You can literally have anything made in… Continue reading Happy Hoi An – a stitch in time, get suited
The road to Hoi An is long, winding, and steep....but beautiful. Our bus struggled to make the upward climb. We met many another bus teetering around outside curves in the road and many a car had to back up 'a bit' to allow us to pass. At the top of the… Continue reading The Hai Van Pass…truely spectacular for weddings!
Happy 45th Anniversary Mike and Karen and as an old friend used to say, "That's a long time to be married to a strange man" (but it can go both ways). This lovely couple have been married (to each other) for 45 wonderful (depending on who you are talking to at the moment) years! That… Continue reading Long Time to Be Married to a Strange Man
The Cultural - Tour to the Royal Citadel, Tien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb at Dong Khanh at sunset was amazing. We packed a lot into this one day with a motor cycle tour in the morning and the cultural tour in the afternoon. Our guide, Thanh, was exceptional with vast amounts of knowledge about… Continue reading The Long Culture: The Old Imperial Capital of Hue