Ho Chi Minh, or Saigon as it’s also known is a city i’ve always wanted to check out and from Cambodia its a short journey. Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh is about 7 hours on a bus. Coming from the UK, 7 hours used to sound like a long time but it isn’t long at all.
About half way to Ho Chi Minh at the Vietnam border the driver drops everybody off. Walking about for half an hour whilst they checked everyone’s passports was boring. I managed to stumbled across a shop selling whiskey with cobras heads in. I don’t buy souvenirs often, but that was something worth wasting left over dollars on. I did want the more manly cobra head and scorpion whiskey but it was too big and big to carry about.
Crossing into Vietnam was easy; you scan your things, walk through a metal detector and that’s it. They didn’t even seem to care about the metal detector going off. Either way, it didn’t take long to get into Ho Chi Minh after the border crossing.
Saigon is famous for motorbikes and as the bus was driving into the city there were more and more motorbikes. Traffic stopped at one point and there must have been 500 motorbikes waiting at the lights. It’s so hectic here but the traffic moves fast. Going through Bangkok on a bus takes hours, but in Saigon it’s fine. You have that constant sound of motorbikes and bibbing but my noise cancelling headphones cuts it out completely.
Thoughts on Vietnam
I had high expectations for Vietnam and i’ve only heard good things about the country. My original plans were to stay a few nights in Saigon then head north. It’s awesome here so i’ve decided to stay in the capitol a bit longer.
There’s a different atmosphere here compared to Thailand or Cambodia. Vietnamese people seem friendly and i’ve met some cool locals. Food in Vietnam is great, it feels healthier than the rest of Asia and it’s cheap. I love street food and late at night you go around the city and see everybody sat out on little tiny tables and chairs. It must be so funny seeing me – 6’6 tall sat at a tiny table and chairs with a beer and a bowl of noodles. I love it and for about £1.50 for a beer and some food you cannot complain.
So far, i’ve not been out taking pictures much. I’ve been out and about in the rain so I just left my camera in my room. Maybe it will rain a bit less in the next few weeks.