Tuesday, 3 June 2014

2nd March Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

2nd March 
Mui Ne Delights 

After leaving Da Lat we had a bumpy 5 hours ride back down to the coast to Mui Ne. 
A small beach town it consisted of one long road, full of  restaurants and local food stalls. 

On the map its about half way down Vietnam. 
There was a few souvenir shops but mostly sport shops as it was a mecca for wind surfing and kite surfing.  
Many hotels sat right up to the water front, as ours did. All we had to do was step down them and at high tide, swim away.
 It was a nice quiet place to relax in. We ended up staying for 5 days. 

Mui Ne Street life

 Take your choice of food.... Duck, meat dumplings or Crocodile to name a few 

We stayed at the Mui ne backpackers, our room seen left, cost £24 a night for twin room. It was right on the beach front, with a pool. Wonderful!

Mui Ne beach at low tide, in high tide it came right up and over the steps.
Its a mecca for kite surfing on windy days
we saw jelly fish but it seems ok to swim

7th March   Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon )

We visited the Army museum 
 The Ho Chi Minh memorial  North Vietnam's 
1960/70s prominent leader 
 We at last have arrived in Ho Chi Minh City but I like to think of it more as Saigon.
Its a great city to walk around, very clean and quite modern really. Our first big outing was to play park  which we found on a wander around the city.
We were on our way to a traditional water puppet theatre show which was lovely to see and surprisingly very good, We had tradition live music played by a group of musicians  and seven puppeteers worked magic under the water to bring the dolls to life, with stories and myths of old.
  We stayed in district 1 which is actually call Saigon.  After searching www.hostelworld.com ( a great website and full of good reviews, we have used it all around Asia.) we chose the Saigon youth hostel in a small alley full of local food stalls/eating places just off one of the main touristy areas. It cost $6 us Dollars each and had four beds in it. This particular night it was women's day so every one was on the streets celebrating. There was barely enough room for motorbikes to get through.
 I decided to have a hair cut in our alley it cost all of 1 us dollar, and it looked as good as $1 worth too :-/  still it will grow back.. eventually. Vietnam is happy to deal in US dollars as well as Vietnam dong.

Living in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon )
When reading up on visiting HCMC (Saigon) I saw reports saying it was difficult taking young children around the city and things was chaotic. That people drove motorbikes on the pavements..well I would say that this city had the least amount of bikes on pavement than any other city.. especially compared to Hanoi where every man, women and bike live on the pavements, and there's no room for pedestrians  
HCMC  is a great city with kids. There's tons of play parks everywhere 
The Vietnam people love children and go out of their way to be helpful and kind. Its clean,  well organised and travel is easy. In Vietnam when you book a bus trip you are picked up from your hotel to the bus then dropped of at the other end. There plenty of different choices of food for very taste. 
We had a wonderful time there.  

market day

We are loving being able to say hello to family on Skype 
Love and kisses xx

Good bye HCMC (Saigon) city 

Hello the Mekong Delta 

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