After a stopover in Phnom Penh, we began the day long bus trip to Ho Chi Minh City, or as everyone still calls it, Saigon.
The immigration building:
It was pretty painless because we did our research and got our visas while we were in Sihanoukville.
Saigon is awesome. It’s always busy and things are constantly in flux. We had a great hotel tucked down a quiet alley that was actually a grocery market in the morning, so we could watch all of the Vietnamese ladies buying their seafood while we ate our pho.
We visited the Ho Chi Minh Museum of Fine Arts, which was pretty cool, Chinatown, which was overwhelmingly crazy, and the War Remnants Museum, which was interesting but somewhat uncomfortable. There were a lot of gory photos and it was obviously skewed against Americans.
At night, there’s a street where these (somewhat aggressive) ladies put out mats on the sidewalk and sell beer for really cheap. We hung out there a couple of times. It’s great because both Westerners and Vietnamese are there, and we made some good friends there.
Overall, Saigon was awesome. Amazing food, really nice people… I can’t wait to go back.