Saturday, April 25, 2009

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city

Nothing much was done on the first day though we arrived Ho Chi Minh (HCM) in the morning. Immediately, we hire a cab cost USD8 to Pham Ngu Lao street. The street is quite known by the locals and lots of tourists hanging out at that area.

It took 30 minutes from the HCM airport to Pham Ngu Lao. You dont have to worry not able to find a place to stay. Even if you arrive late at night, you will still manage to get a room. The rooms range from backpackers budget to luxury type.

The room I rented for a night was Spring House Hotel (USD28). It has 1 single bed and 1 double bed. The room was so comfy and we spent the whole afternoon in the room. Wasted but outside was pretty hot.
Nighttime, we went for dinner. near Le Loi street. The strech consists of shops selling branded stuff like LV, Gucci etc.. There is also a Ben Thanh Market which is rather famous among tourist, opens daytime only.

For dinner, we had grilled seafood along with Saigon beer.

One must try when in Vietnam is balut. It is a nearly developed duck embryo inside the egg.
More gross pictures of balut will be in the next post. ^ ^

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