So here we are, in Saigon, Vietnam!
We arrived here mid-evening on friday. First struggle, find a place to stay that would be 1-cheap and 2-with A/C or fans (yes, we're already picky like that). Well, that's where the Ghost Lady comes in handy! We were walking on the street looking for a place to stay when this random lady offered us a room that appeared not only to be clean, but cheap and with a tv and a fridge...almost Holiday Inn style. After checking it out, we dicided to stay there. Now you're probably wondering why we call her the ghost lady. Well the reason is simple: she's everywhere. For real. First, she was there when we needed a room. Then, when we went to get our bags from where we had left them, she randomly appeared outside the door to lead us back to the hotel (cuz it's in a sketch alleyway). Then, when Steph went out alone and got lost on the way back, there she was, yelling at her that she's going the wrong way. Also, she's NEVER around in the day... very ghostly.... anyways, we love her.
Saturday started off very early (because Kristelle and Jo keep waking up at 5h30 in the morning). We first decided to walk around and find the best deal for a Mekong Tour. We also ended up booking our bus ticket for Mui Ne and Nah Trang. We then headed to the Saigon Fine Arts Museum. However, not only half the paintings were not even hung up, it was so hot that we decided to cut the visit short and do something else. In the afternoon, we took a taxi to Dam Sen Park, which is a big amusement park / garden. We saw the orchard gardens and big animals made out of plates/bows/spoons. We walked around for a few hours, trying to work on our tan a bit (why not) and then called it a day.
All that leading us to today! We went on a tour of the Mekong Delta. They first took us to the city of My Tho, which is about 2h away from Ho Chi Minh, from where we took a bot and toured around the Delts's main 4 islands, Unicorn island, Dragon island, Turtle island and Phoenix island. These islands were named after animals that the Vietnamese people worship. We got to taste coconut candies, banana wine (which tastes horrible), and tea with kumquat and honey from the bee farm. We were also treated with local traditionnal music, which was really cool. Oh, and our tour guide self-nicknamed himslef ''Mr Lovely''. Yep, we all agree... That goes pretty well with our new theme for this trip: ''How bizarre''.
So that's about it for our Saigon adventures. We're leaving tomorrow for Mui Neh and are looking forward to spending some time on Vietnam's beaches!
Thanks for your comments, we really appreciate them! Miss you all!
Josie Kristelle and Steph xxx