2012 Vacation – Part 6 of 9: Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Part 6: From Danang/Hoi An, we flew an hour to Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City; different name depending on who you’re talking to.  The first day we had a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels – an underground tunnels network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the war, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office, Re-unification Palace, War Remnant Museum, and the Ben Thanh Market.  And the second day we headed to the Mekong Delta where we drove through the countryside to My Tho, visited Unicorn and Turtle Island, sailed past locals quietly working along the banks of the river, sipped some local honey tea at a bee farm, and visited a coconut candy farm.

  • Type of Luxury in the Sky:  Vietnam Airlines, 1 hour, reading one of the 50 shades books = easy.
  • Decibel Level:  Saigon: NYC; Mekong Delta: meditation on the water
  • Deliciousness on a Plate:  More Pho, veggies, fresh juice, Vietnamese coffee, tea with honey straight from the bees, fish on the bone, mini bananas, Tiger beer, etc.
  • Expanding our Horizons:  I tried a shot of banana wine and snake wine, both more like a vodka, one with a hint of banana and the other… snake (?).  Oh and then Arion held the snake.. ick.  Also, fresh coconut CANDY, amazing.  We brought some home so if you’re nice to me I’ll let you try a nibble.  Also, and probably one of my favorite parts, after our first day of exploring we stumbled into a spa and were able to get a 45 minute foot massage for $6.  Needless to say, we went back every day after that.  We also shot AK-47s, saw families of four on motorbikes (including newborns), crawled through the Cu Chi tunnels on all-fours, wrote postcards home from the famous Post Office built it 1886, and shopped ‘til we dropped in the markets.
  • Shut-EyeLiberty Central Hotel – another winner for us with a perfect location around the corner from the main markets and restaurants and an awesome breakfast buffet.
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