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Backpacking Vietnam Travelogue 2013 – Day 5 (Hue)

8 Jan

Hello! I am up to Day 5- What a more than a year back log yeah.

So for day 5, we headed for breakfast in the same restaurant on the day we reached before checking out. Somehow when I am overseas, my body clock wakes me up really early. After which, we headed to imperial city.

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Backpacking Vietnam Travelogue 2013 – Day 4 (Hue)

1 Jan

Hurray finally up to Day FOUR post where we will left Hoi An and took a Sinh Tourist Bus to Hue.

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you. May I complete more travel posts in the year of 2015!

We booked the tickets (USD$12, S$14 for two) prior to the trip and collected the day before.

Rise up on a bright and sunny morning @0730hours!

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Backpacking Vietnam Travelogue 2013 – Day 3 (Hoi An)

13 Sep

Hello there!

Finally up to day 3, well I’m sorta half way there! So for day 3, we had kinda had a free & easy full day at Hoi An.

Well, if you haven’t known, Hoi An has been placed in the list as one of the world cultural heritage. It is an ancient town that has preserved its architecture quite well. Not only so, Hoi An is also known for its tailored made shirts, shoes and even bags.

Here’s a picture of us right before leaving the home-stay

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And another one with our bicycles!

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The night before when we were cycling back to our hostel, we pass by a tailor-made shop (well, there’s a dozen of them) and decided that we will check them right first thing in the morning!

I think most of the time, the shops are affiliated. Right beside this tailor-made clothing shop, is a tailor-made shoe shop. And without even much thinking, you would have guessed that we got ourselves both.

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Minimally, they need at least a day to produce your items. But cause we were leaving right early morning the next day, they kept telling us that they can deliver to our home-stay at night. So without much hesitation, we started choosing the cloth and the way we want to made our clothing into.

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Don’t worry if you have no ideas the style of clothing you want to make, they also provide fashion magazines & catalogs for your reference.

I tailored made 2 tops and 2 pairs of leather shoes and spent VDN$840,000 (SGD$50) and VDN 892,000 (SGD$53) respectively, which is really worth it.

After we’re done with purchasing, we proceed with lunch 🙂

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Had the local chicken rice
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And this really nice noodle named the Cao Lau which is made of  thicker noodles that has a chewy texture, together with pork and raw veggie. The homemade chili sauce is really yummy. Even though its been a year, but I can still remember this dish till date 🙂
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We bought our tickets from the information counter- Just right beside the Japanese bridge

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The ticket costs about VDN120,000 (SGD7.20) for 5 site-visiting places
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First we visited the Japanese Bridge
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And then visited, 2-3 ancient houses that has the Japanese and Chinese elements

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We also visited a museum
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Initially we wanted to head for Thu Bon River rowing but we can’t seem to find the place hence we settled for a normal boat ride.

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The weather is extremely HOT and Sunny as you can see the sky is really blue.

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The good thing about being in a cycling city is you get to explore the entire part, cycle and enjoy the beautiful view.

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We actually booked to do Yoga a class at An Bang Beach for 2 hours for VDN500,000 (S$30) but then couldn’t cause it rained 😦

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Nearing to the end of the day, we headed for dinner by the river again.

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Not too sure if it’s cause of the food, my travel partner was down with stomach upset the next day.

Last by not least, we cycled pass this spa place & decided to head in there for a rest and relax session.
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And that’s it for part 1! Till next time.

Backpacking Vietnam Travelogue 2013 – Day 2 part 2 (Danang/ Hoi An)

16 Mar

Notice: I have really backlogged this for ages. Supposed to post this up in December, so I’ll prolly just leave the intro as it is 😛

Hi there! I just ended my exams today & getting really happy and excited at the same time. Just to share with you guys I will be travelling for work this coming Monday to Myanmar- the first to the country & my first work trip! Hopefully I’ll be able to just share some snippets of my work trip after I am back. Now with my exams done, I hope I can complete this travelogue soon? Before I get to my next trip end of the year 🙂 So here’s day 2 part 2 of the travelogue. So right after our Cuchi tour, the tour guide drop us in a shopping mall near the airport where we had our lunch. It was quite decent and yummy 🙂 IMG_0226 IMG_0223 IMG_0222

After lunch, we were still very early for our flight departure and hence went to had a walk around the mall which didn’t had much stuff at all. In the end, we decide to head to the airport earlier to just chill and take a rest a lil’ bit. Earlier on, the driver from cuchi tunnel said that we could walk to the airport. However after figuring out for quite sometime, we didn’t quite get where & how we could walked in there. No sign, no pedestrian, just roads so we had to catch a cab to go to the airport.

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Here’s a picture of the domestic airport

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Our tickets

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Interestingly, we had to take a bus to our airplane.

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Here’s a picture of our really shagged faces after a long day

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Always enjoy taking picture of the sky when I am in the air

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Here’s a picture of the Danang domestic airport which looks really new, clean and nice. Kinda different from the one in Ho Chi Min.

We arranged for transport with the home-stay we were staying with in Hoi An for about VDN$350,000 (SGD$21) for 2 pax, one way trip. It was about 45mins to an hour ride from Danang Airport to Hoi An.

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Here’s a picture of where we stayed in Hoi An.

Here’s the details of the home-stay we stayed:

HoiAn Nature Homestay
164 Ly Thai To Street
http://www.naturehomestay.com/

Really enjoyed the place we stayed. Even though there was a little communication break-down at times as their English was not as strong, we managed to break through the barriers with sign languages (even though I kind of suck at it). The home-stay has a total of 4 floors-high, a common living and dining area which I find it good enough for a night or two stay. As the location of the home-stay is slightly away from the Hoi An town, bicycle is freely provided for us to cycle to the town and to the beach.

Here are more pictures of the home-stay place!
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Here’s the outside of the home-stay (with the owner’s son in the picture) and the bathroom which was quite spacious.

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And here’s the small area with cupboards, leading to the bedroom coupled with mosquito nets.

As it was around 7ish 8 when we reached the home-stay, it was kinda dark to navigate the area finding our way to the town while cycling. A little scary at first (for fear of losing our way, well we still did anyways). But in the end, glad all is well! We managed to reach our destination and was blown away by the night view of the beautiful Hoi An!

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After which, we moved on to grab dinner for ourselves before heading around town to check it out. A six-course meal for the both of us + 2 ice-cold beers, for the price of VDN305,500 (SGD18).

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Ice-cold beers to chill out
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We also walked pass this where you can pay to play this game. Kinda similar to Pinata concept, you are blind-folded and had to be directed by your friend to hit the hanging piggy and once it’s break open, you get a price. Thing is, you only get 2 chances and that’s it.
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And YAY! Here’s the end of my day 2 part 2 post!

Coming up next will be continuance of visitation of a full day trip in Hoi An! 🙂 Also good news to share with you guys is, my finals of the final exam will end in April and hopefully this means I have more time to commit into the blogging and sharing scene of my VERY VERY backlogged trip, which I kinda repeats in my every other post.

Can’t wait for the day where I get more time to do more things which I enjoy!

And till the next post!

Love,
Raine 🙂

Backpacking Vietnam Travelogue 2013 – Day 2 part 1 (Saigon)

17 Nov

Hi there,

Apologies for the hiatus (due to school, work etc..)

Here’s my day 2 post. We woke up at around 5am in the morning to prepare to go to Cuchi tunnel before our flight to Danang. Our tour guide fetched us from our hostel.

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We brought some bread from Singapore anticipating that we won’t have time to grab breakfast so early. Jason, our tour guide was nice to brought us some baguette as well in case we are hungry.

He stopped us by briefly, jokingly asking if we would like to have rats for breakfast. OMG, look at the cage.

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It is approximately a 2 hour journey from Saigon to Cuchi tunnel. Along the way, Jason played some historic videos which I thought was quite good for us to understand the history that happened in the tunnel. He also prepared some notes regarding the place for us to read along the way. One of the services during this tour is that, he will take all the pictures for you, so you don’t need to take out your camera at all.

Here’s the entrance to the tunnel.

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An introduction of the tunnel structure and the map.

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A place where we can take a picture of the actual size of the tunnel.

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Hidden by leaves. Find the entrance to the tunnel?

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Here it is!

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So we enter into this small space and took a picture. *ahem*, I had difficulty coming out thereafter (need to train more of my arm strength)
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Follow by showing us the different type of traps that the vietcong made with knifes and bamboo. This is one of which.

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A couple of photo opportunity for you to take pictures

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Aside to that, you can get your hands on a rifle or a MK18, for the a price of course.

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A demonstration of what they eat and how they cook their rice paper.

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After the tour around, we get to experience by walking the tunnel. The picture below is already the ‘expanded’ size for tourists to walk through easier. If I didn’t remember wrongly, the entire tunnel length is about 250 metres with exits in between for tourists that couldn’t continue any more.

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There is a small portion of the tunnel where it is the ‘actual’ size of it. See how narrow it is?

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Overall experience of the tunnel: Really warm, hot and tiring cause we were squatting and walking most of the times. There’s a short while where I was crawling cause it’s really quite tiring. Couldn’t really imagine how the Vietnamese could stay there for so long.

After the ‘tough’ journey, we proceed to end with eating tapioca with sugar and peanut, a common food that they eat during war time.

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Here’s a picture with us and our guide Jason.

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My thoughts on this tour: We paid around US$95 for this tour and we both felt that it was not worth it. Before engaging him, we did our research and read very good review but sadly we felt that it was kind of like ‘rushing’ and just snapping pics here & there without much engagement. 

And that marks the end of my day 2- Part 1 post on cuchi tunnel. Next up will be us flying off to Danang and to Hoi An, one of my most favourite place in Vietnam 🙂

Backpacking Vietnam Travelogue 2013 – Day 1 part 3 (Saigon)

14 Sep

Hello there!

I’m finally up for my part 3 day 1 post in Saigon. And for the last part, we booked a tour with XO tour with the ladies on a Vespa! It was a totally new and really cool experience of my entire trip. You can check out the different tour they offer on a Vespa here: http://xotours.vn/

Khim and I booked on a Saigon by Night tour which features 5 different districts that we probably won’t go and includes a light dinner, with 3 choices for us to choose from. The tour started with the guides coming to fetch us from our hostel.

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It’s a really different experience and made me felt like one of the locals among the many bikes on the street. A picture taken of the sun setting when we stopped at a traffic light.

Throughout the journey, the guide also engages you by talking and casually chatting, just like a friend 😀

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A shot of me and my guide, taken by Khim.
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And here’s our first stop at the Chinatown in district 5. What we do here is to gather with the rest of the tour group and met up with the tour leader that gave us a brief introduction of the area. There isn’t time given for us to shop or look around.

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They bought us this rice paper with salt and pepper for us to try. Personally… It’s not really to my liking.

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A shot of us with our the ladies at Chinatown. The tour leader help us take group pictures and then emailed it to us thereafter.

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Thereafter, our next stop is to take-away our choice of food. All of us chosen broken rice with chicken. We get to see how it was prepared.
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A really innovative way of fanning the grill with an electric fan instead of a handheld fan.
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Thereafter, they brought us to a sugar cane stall to have a drink and our take-away dinner.

Here’s a shot of my broken rice which I absolutely loved the taste of it. It was really yummy! A highly recommended must try dish when you are in Vietnam 🙂
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A pretty picture of my guide, Hoang.

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A group shot of us shouting, delicious in Vietnamese (if I didn’t remember wrongly)
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And after dinner, we were brought to District 7, a district that I would never thought they have in Vietnam. A district that totally feels like Singapore, where according to our guide, the expats lived in.

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This is also the last stop where the tour leader do an introduction of this area and a closing to summarise the trip. We took a last picture with the guides, of us ‘riding’ the bike.
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And the last stop, was passing by district 4, which is the total opposite of district 7, a contrast of where the poor lived in.

And that pretty much summarises of 2.5 hours tour which was an added experience to our trip 🙂

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A key chain & a survival phrasebook were given to us as well during the dinner!
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I would highly recommend to join a tour with them when you are in Vietnam. I will probably try out the other tour next time I’m in Saigon. And below, is just a short video my friend took.

Till then! I can finally start on day 2.

With love,
Raine.

Backpacking Vietnam Travelogue 2013 – Day 1 part 2 (Saigon)

4 Sep

Hello there!

Here’s the long-awaited part 2 post of my Vietnam Travelogue. I mentioned on my part 1 post that we arranged for a tour with Saigon hotpot. You might be thinking, what is Saigon hotpot right?

Saigon hotpot is a non-profit organisation where Vietnamese university students volunteer to be free tour guides for tourists like us. It provides the opportunity for the students to practise speaking english and as a form of cultural exchange. For the tour, the tourist will be required to pay for the meals & the entrance tickets for the guide. Even though it is free, tourist whom like to donate to the organisation can also do so. Do try to book earlier if you can as the schedule and availability of the dates depend on the guides themselves. You can find out more on the different tour sessions they offer here: http://saigonhotpot.vn/what-we-do/free-tour-guide/introduction.html

And so, we booked the tour a month before the trip. As we only have 2 days 1 night in Saigon, we have a very tight schedule. We planned and decided to book a short city tour with Saigon hotpot. As our flight only arrive on day 1 at 830am, we requested for the door to start at 11am instead of the usual 9am. And because of the lesser time we have, we only managed to cover a few places. As time is a key concern, we actually researched and checked out the places we wanted to go. I will probably give a brief introduction and my review for each of this places 🙂

Here’s our Itinerary with Saigon Hotpot from 11am to 5pm:
– Notre Dame Cathedral
– Central Post Office
– Reunification Palace
– War Museum
– Opera House

Our lovely guide, ruby, picked us up at our hostel before we walked to the central area.
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Started with Notre Dame Cathedral, it is located directly opposite the central post office. There are masses held on every Sunday where it is open. Sadly, we missed the mass timing and did not manage to enter. Just take note that general visiting hours into the cathedral is 8am to 9.30am and 3pm to 4pm. Sunday mass starts at 9.30am.

Side view of the cathedral
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Front shot of the cathedral
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Next, is the Saigon Post Office! Someone is having a wedding shot there
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The interior architecture was inspired during the French Colonial period. And while researching, I also found out that the building is actually designed by the artist whom designed the Paris Eiffel Tower.
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Written some postcards back to myself and my friends 🙂 You can buy the postcards and stamps at the shops in the post office for about  ₫120,500 (S$7) for 8 postcards including the stamps  .

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Saigon Central post Office

Address: Bến Nghé, Quận 1  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Opening hours: 7am to 8pm
Things to do: Post some love back home

After that, we headed to a nearby coffee bean to just chill and hide ourselves in the air-conditioned room. We had a snack earlier and wasn’t hungry so didn’t went for lunch. Bought our guide a drink too.

Next up is the reunification palace. Are you wondering why there are 4 tickets? It’s for me, my friend, another backpacker friend we met and our tour guide. It costs us  ₫45,000 (S$2.60) for 3 of us.
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And here’s a picture of our guide, Ruby and me 🙂

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A brief introduction of the reunification palace. The reunification palace is known by its name as it was the symbolic site of the liberation of Saigon where Vietnam was reunified. One of a really important place to Vietnamese history

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If you are not with a guide, they also have tour sessions for different languages that explains the different areas in the palace.
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There are many meeting rooms for different delegates in the palace.
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Even a movie theatre for themselves
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The kitchen was still intact and here’s a really old mixing machine

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Reunification Palace
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 7.30am – 11am ; 1pm – 4pm
Entrance fee: ₫15,000 (S$1.80)

And on our way to the our last stop, the war remnants museum, our new friend stopped to take a shot with the drink seller. Please be aware that taking pictures with them comes with a price….. of buying a drink from them. The drink seller, without asking us, opened 3 coconuts and gave to us.

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It was a really hot weather, good time for a coconut drink!

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At the last stop, the war remnants museum. As our guide is a student, it was a free entrance for her.
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I would recommend coming to this museum before heading to the Cu Chi tunnel, where I’ll talk about it in my day 2 post. This museum displays photographs of Vietnam before, during and post-war graphics. It is a three-floor museum. Outside the museum, tanks, bombs and aircraft are displayed.

Coming to this museum gives you a better view of how and what Vietnam has gone through during the war. The chemical warfare was the most saddening as the traces and consequences of what happened in the past is still present currently.

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The displays outside the museum

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War Remnants Museum
Address: 28 Võ Văn Tần, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 7.30am – 12pm; 1.30pm – 5pm. Last admission at 4.30pm
Entrance Fee: ₫15,000 (S$1.80)

After that, Ruby suggested that since we still have some time left, we should go take a look at the opera house and the expensive area in Saigon. And we took a cab to here.

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Feels like I’m in Europe! The architectures are pretty French/ European style.

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The Opera House.

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And then we took a cab back to our hostel and bid Ruby good-bye. Before we say good-bye, she has a note-book that asks us to write a note for her. I did, on behalf of our group. It was an awesome time spent with a local bringing us around 🙂 If I didn’t remember wrongly, we were her 3rd or 4th group of guests that she brought.

And that’s it! The end of my Day 1 part 2 posts, I still have a part 3 coming up where we booked a paid tour with XO tour ladies on a Vespa. I try to finish that soon and post it up next week. Till then!

With love,
Raine.

Backpacking Vietnam Travelogue 2013 – Day 1 part 1 (Saigon)

16 Jun

Hi there! Hope you guys are doing great 🙂

I will be breaking up day 1 into 2 parts if not my post will be too lengthy. And so, earlier as introduced in the introduction post, my friend and I bought the plane ticket from Jetstar Airlines. This is my first time on the Jetstar plane as well.

A picture of us before taking off.

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Personally, I think the space for my leg is pretty spacious too! (comparing to Tiger). I also feel comfortable as well throughout this journey. Jetstar Airlines often has promotional fares. Sign up for their newsletter to obtain first hand updates: http://www.jetstar.com/sg/en/home

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It’s a 2 hours flight from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh. We reached the Tan Son Nhat International Terminal at about 0830hrs and took a bus to District one. [By the way, we wanted to get a map from the airport but couldn’t find any]. To catch the bus, upon exiting the airport, just turn right and walk towards the domestic airport. You’ll be able to see the BUS 152 waiting there. There’s only one bus just across the road, outside the airport anyway so it is pretty easy to spot it.

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I don’t know how the buses really work here (like if there’s a timing or what). What we did were to just board the bus and waited for a while on the bus (there are others on the bus too) and then the bus driver came. You will see the locals starting to pay the bus fare. We just went up when we see the others doing the same too. No worries if you are not sure when to pay up as well, cause the bus driver would probably whistle or wave at you to ask you pay up.

We paid for ₫10,000 (S$2.50) per person.  ₫5,000 per person and another  ₫5,000 for our backpack. It is highly recommended that you have the exact amount when you are paying up. Usually, the bus driver do not carry change with them.

Alternatively, if you are travelling with family or just can’t be bothered taking a bus, you can take a taxi. From what we have done for our research, do take Vinasun or Mai Linh taxi which is usually more reliable (in terms of the rigging of the meter or scamming you by bringing you to the wrong destinations). I am definitely not discriminating other taxi companies but from our experiences thus far… it kind of proves so. Check out more on how to identify the correct taxis (there are too many imitations) over here: http://xotours.vn/blog/2013/01/23/saigon-taxi-and-cyclo-scams-a-comprehensive-guide-to-avoiding-taxi-and-cyclo-scams-in-Saigon

Our hostel is located in the famous backpacker’s street in district one at Phạm Ngũ Lão (we’ve also come to realised that each city has the same street name). We booked our hostel way earlier through www.agoda.com. The hostel we stayed was in Saigon Backpackers Hostel. We stayed here for 2 day 1 night and opt for a private room which we paid S$28.40 for both of us.

It’s along one of the alley. The brilliant thing is that they have signs that indicate the shops/ hotel in the alley.

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It has a common lounge and a pool table

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Here’s how the room and the washroom looks like

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Here’s the details of the Hostel:

Saigon Backpackers Hostel
373/20 Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1. Gần cuối đường Phạm Ngũ Lão, gốc chợ Thái Bình
http://saigonbackpackershostel.com/

We met an appointment with our friendly guide from Saigon hotpot which I’ll elaborate in our next post. As there was still some time before we meet the guide and we were a little hungry, we walked around the area and chanced about this stall which sells the Vietnamese style sandwich, Banh Mi.
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Banh Mi is very unique and unlike the western style sandwich. It starts with a Vietnam style baguette and has a light crust around it. You can choose the type of pork that you want in the sandwich. The vegetables includes cucumber and pickled radish and some mayo.  I kind of like it.
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It costs about ₫15,000 (S$3) for this.

This conclude the part 1 posts! Day 1 part 2 will be talking about my visit around Saigon and the night tour that I joined with XO tour group. Till then!

love,
Raine.

Vietnam Travelogue 2013- Introduction

4 Jun

Hello there! Yippee, I am so excited and happy to start blogging about my Vietnam Trip. This trip is a very different trip from the rest of the places that I have been. I’ve met a few other travellers on the road, tasted food which I have not tasted before and viewing things in a different perspective.

After I am back from this trip, I still am thinking about it and excited to meet and hear stories from other travellers again. I think I am in love with backpacking and the idea of traveling while working or even quitting my  job and travel for a couple of months (but first, I need to save up).

Well, some of you may ask, why did I decided to travel to Vietnam? Well, honestly, we didn’t have it all planned out. My friend and I had the intention of backpacking but we don’t know exactly where about. And then, last December Jetstar Airlines was having the ‘Fly a Friend for Free’ promotion going on so we just decided, and snap, my next destination was in Vietnam – the start of our first backpacking trip for the both of us.

We bought a one way ticket to Ho Chi Minh City, with the idea to fly back from Hanoi. In between, we have no plans on where and how we wanted to go. We didn’t get it all checked out and bought the return tickets from Hanoi from Singapore Airlines, with the mind to travel for 7 days (kind of reckless). However after asking people on forums and the internet, we concluded that 7 days was too rushed to cover from south to north of Vietnam. Then again, both of us don’t have that many of annual leave to take, so we just changed our flight back to a 9 days trip instead (which is equally rush but better than 7days).

Even though this trip is not ‘literally’ considered as a backpacking trip (cause we had most of the stuff planned out and booked mainly due to the short time frame we have), we still think it has been a tremendous ‘first’ travelling-with-a-backpack- kind of experience for us to both have 🙂

And so, after telling you about how my destination landed in Vietnam. Like all my other travelogues, I will start with some general introduction which hopefully could help some of you out there to understand Vietnam a little better 🙂

General Introduction
Vietnam is larger than Singapore (duh) and is divided into the south, central, north etc. For the individual locations for each part of Vietnam, you can check out this link: http://www.vietnamonline.com/destination.html Each city is unique to its own culture. For this trip, we travelled to Ho Chi Minh (also known as Saigon), Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi and Halong Bay. Not only the culture slightly differs from each city, the weather and the people as well.

Weather in Vietnam
The weather is pretty similar to Singapore, sunny all year-long with two monsoon seasons differing from the south and the north of Vietnam. Personally, I think Vietnam is so much hotter than Singapore. Probably cause Vietnam (south) is much nearer to the equator and hence explains the heat. So better check out the months that is suitable for traveling to the different parts of Vietnam over here: http://www.vietvisiontravel.com/vietnam/travel-guide/weather/forecast/

Mobile Card in Vietnam
After exiting the International Airport, you could see a row of money exchange booth (on the right) and most of them sells mobile sim card as well. If you are holding a smart phone, don’t worry, they have it all covered too. I paid about ₫$180,000 (S$11) for unlimited data usage for the 9 days I was there. Even though am not sure how much credit it is left with but it’s surely worth it.

Transport in Vietnam
The main transport we took while traveling in the cities is by walking. Walking is the best transportation. From city to city, you can take domestic flight to fly from one place to another (if you don’t have much time like us). Other than that, sleeper bus and trains are a great idea too. You can choose to buy on the spot but to play safe, we generally will buy in advance especially during the festive holidays (like TET). I will share with you guys more on the mode of transport we took to travel from one city to another.

People in Vietnam
They are generally really nice! (even when you bargain). But some locals may try to sell you something or I’ve read on forums on scamming cases but thank god nothing of that happened when we were there. Most of them are cool when we rejected politely. Different cities are kind of different too. Will share more of that later as well 🙂

Language in Vietnam
The national language of Vietnam is the Vietnamese language. I always feel that it’s good to learn a few simple phrase of the local language to communicate with the locals. Even though Vietnamese language is really hard but smart phone application made it all easier. Just simply search for free Vietnamese phrases on your smart phone app, you can easily get free apps and learn a few basic phrases! 🙂

Some of the locals (especially shop vendors) can speak basic English. The younger generation mostly can speak English. From my understanding from the guide, they have to learn English up to primary school. And most of them continue English lessons at educational centres. However, as English is not the primary language used in Vietnam,  it may be a little bit harder to understand them (because of the accent) but all is well for us! Use sign language or simply pressing the calculator if you need to 🙂

I hope this general introduction is helpful for you. Look out for my day 1 Vietnam travelogue next week 🙂

Have a good week.

p.s. one more thing to note: Vietnam is an hour behind Singapore.

Oh! by the way, you can catch a glimpse of my entire trip in a video created by my friend over here, if you haven’t: Summary of Vietnam 

 

love,
Raine.

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