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Finally some pho bowls! Wandering around Ho Chi Minh



The Mekong Delta tour bus dropped us off at Pham Ngu Lao (the backpacker area of Ho Chi Minh). As soon as I got off the bus, I just asked around for cheap lodging. This lady immediately offered me a place to stay. Ok. I just followed. Pretty soon we were walking through this maze of tiny little alleys that make up the urban jungle of Ho Chi Minh.




Highlights: What did I like about Ho Chi Minh? Hmm...the food! I LOVE Pho bowls.
Cast of Characters: I was exploring town on my own.
Logistics/ Links:
When:  Early March, 2012. Ho Chi Minh was warm. Pleasant.
Location:  Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Cost: Meals are about $3. Nice, private room with your own bathroom is about $10.
Trip Report: Ho Chi Minh is ok. I did not enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Hanoi. I almost got hit by a motorbike once. The technique is to walk verrryy slow while crossing the street (counter-intuitive I know). If you make a run for it, you´re gonna get hit. I really enjoyed the small little alleys even though they scream fire hazard to me. As soon as you step into these tiny little streets, the craziness of the outside roads seem to mute down a tad. The small-ness of the streets make the place feel more personal.

There´s a bit of things to do & see for tourists in/ around HCMH. Museums & Ben Thanh market is walking distance away. This french guy approached me while I was having some breakfast. Within 30 mins of our introduction, he was insisting we share a room together to save on costs. Yeah right. Boys- this is just something you do not do. You will come across as creepy. Another thing you do not do within a few mins of intro is flashing your bare ass at somebody- major no-no (different story). I was trying to be polite & repeatedly declined his offer. He said for us to just meet up later then. Gave me a time & place. Of course I did not show up. I left town the next day only to bump into him again in Hanoi-aaarrggghhh!!!!

Motorbike onslaught. A tour guide told me most couples own 4 motorbikes.


Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area of Ho Chi Minh. It was ok. Did not really enjoy the place too much.

Tiny little alleys


Pho boooowll!!!! Yeeaaahh! And grasswort juice-yuck!

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