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Vietnam 2015: Saigon

The final leg of our journey through Vietnam, well, it was broken into two legs as we hit Saigon first, then Phu Quoc, then went back to Saigon, but for the purposes of this recap here we are. To be honest, I didn’t take many pictures in Saigon, but that doesn’t mean that we were super lazy, just a little bit. We did venture out to eat some good things, as well as do some shopping (or at least I stood around while emmy perused the shops). I did manage to drive emmy’s uncle’s BMW through a few blocks of District 2, which was quite funny. But mostly, for me, I got to eat a bunch of nice dishes, we ventured out to District 1 most of the time, and wandered up some pretty old buildings, where all the cool, trendy fashion stores (and coffee shops) seem to be nowadays.

  • Mopeds in Saigon
    Mopeds in Saigon
  • Bitexco and the Moon
    Bitexco and the Moon
  • Hip fashion district
    Hip fashion district
  • Notre Dame on Xmas
    Notre Dame on Xmas

I got to enjoy a bunch of new dishes like Bun Cha Ca (fish cake noodle soup) which was awesome! As well as all the regular favourites, so good, no complaints from me that’s for sure, as you can see from the number of food pictures compared to the number of tourist shots. Saigon is definitely a foodie paradise, just so much variety, and very good quality, and the prices, so, so cheap. Popeyes Chicken is basically everywhere and like what KFC should be, spicy deep fried chicken (the chickens must be quite big, cos the pieces weren’t small like KFC). A lot of trendy coffee shops selling all sorts of cakes and desserts, as well as restaurants with foreign themes like the American BBQ place we went to. I love Vietnamese food so the fact that around every corner there is something good and cheap to eat is definitely my idea of paradise.

  • Banh mam cua
    Banh da cua
  • Bun cha ca
    Bun cha ca
  • Hu Tieu
    Hu Tieu
  • Popeyes Chicken
    Popeyes Chicken
  • American BBQ
    American BBQ
  • Cupcakes
    Cupcakes
  • Thai grilled fish
    Thai grilled fish
  • Thai greens with shrimp sauce
    Thai greens with shrimp sauce
  • Thai fish cakes and salad
    Thai fish cakes and salad

You probably couldn’t tell but my last picture is from Boxing Day, which is five days before we were supposed to leave for Singapore. Turned out that I had contracted Dengue Fever (probably in Phu Quoc) and was incapacitated for a week or so. So I can comment on the medical system of a foreign country for the first time! I stayed at an international clinic (spent a total of three nights over the course of five days in the clinic) on a drip, taking painkillers to keep my temperature at a manageable level. That wasn’t fun, but at least I had a private room and my insurance (eventually) covered the costs, and once I started feeling better and got some appetite, I got a skin rash which was really irritating! At least I got to eat pho ga the last couple days as that was pretty much all I wanted (could) to eat :D.

We were staying with family so nothing to report on accommodation, but in terms of transport, I can safely say that the way to go (if you can speak Vietnamese) is uber, it’s much cheaper than taxis and seems to be pretty available and on time in most places. Probably the only time it might be an issue is late at night and if you’re not in the central city area. The cars we rode in were all quite new and in good condition (and clean), at least as good as taxis, usually better.

So we ended up staying a few nights extra in Vietnam, didn’t go to SIngapore, and went straight back to Australia where I had a few more days to recover before heading back to work, and settling our new house! Very hectic period for us, but it’s mostly settled down now, and I can (hopefully) get back to posting some more stuff on here, and not just foodie posts too, although I hope to be able to keep that up to some degree. We went to Sorrento last week, but I don’t have much to report (I might do a short restaurant review), this week we’ve gone up to Mount Dandenong (Sky High Observatory) for a bit, so I will post some pictures (and laughs) from that later this week.

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Ghost Town: Population, You

Saigon sunset

Saigon sunset

Wow, have I been neglecting this place, it’s been a busy couple months, we got back from holidays (I contracted dengue fever ewww), then we moved house, and now we’re settling in. So the only progress that I’ve made on anything is upgrading my heroes on clash of clans lol. I haven’t even looked through my photos from the trip yet, which is usually the first thing I do when I get home.

I’m still setting up my workstation a bit, this will happen soon, we’re almost fully settled in our nest. Once that’s done, I can resume posting here with photos from the trip as well as photos from my new place. Hey, I turned 34, things go more slowly the older you get, or we just procrastinate more. I’ll leave it at for now, and hopefully come back with some better organised content in the near future.

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Vietnam for Tet

Because I hate WordPress so much, I won’t even bother typing all the stuff we did cos I know that I’ll find a way to accidentally press back in the browser and everything will be gone again:

  • Halong Bay is beautiful but needs to be explored on a luxury boat on a 3 day, 2 night tour (including kayaking which is super fun).
  • Hoan Kiem Lake is beautiful at night, as opposed to quite dull during the day.
  • Bun Bo Hue in Hue is not as good as Bun Bo Hue in Melbourne.
  • The old palace in Hue is not great, but worth visiting.
  • Paradise Cave (Dong Thien Duong) is definitely worth visiting although a long drive from Hue (four hours).
  • Tet in Vietnam (or at least before new year passes) is awesome, wish I took more pictures.

I wish the pictures didn’t load so badly (I mean it doesn’t even rotate iphone pictures properly >:(), but WordPress is really not working for me lately, any way, this is a bit of a preview, I will start uploading pictures from Vietnam to flickr next week while they are still reasonably fresh and in context, and catch up on the Japan photos after that.

  • Mammoth Peach Blossom, Hoan Kiem Lake
    Mammoth Peach Blossom, Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Van Mieu Rooftop
    Van Mieu Rooftop
  • Turtle Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake
    Turtle Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Roof of some building at the Imperial Palace, Hue
    Roof of some building at the Imperial Palace, Hue
  • A gate at the Imperial Palace, Hue
    A gate at the Imperial Palace, Hue
  • Dong Thien Duong (Paradise Cave)
    Dong Thien Duong (Paradise Cave)
  • Road to Dong Thien Duong
    Road to Dong Thien Duong
  • Vincom Center behind a government building, Saigon
    Vincom Center behind a government building, Saigon
  • Tet Fireworks, Stark Tower on the right
    Tet Fireworks, Stark Tower on the right
  • Little Flowers
    Little Flowers
  • Bo, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and me
    Bo, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and me

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