Sunday, October 21, 2012

Vietnam 2

Saturday 20 October - Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam

This morning we took the transfer to Saigon and experienced some hawkers, honking horns (to let them know we are coming), and buzzing motorbikes.  The bikes were a real sideshow - clinging families (we saw 5) and we learnt how to navigate the street crossings.

Our self-guided walk took in the Opera House, Continental Hotel, Notre Dame Cathedral, the former Presidential Palace now Reunification Hall, & the old Post Office before we retired to the roof bar at the Rex Hotel for refreshments and relief from the very hot, humid day.  Unfortunately the church and palace were closed by the time we reached them.

The drive west from Port up the Saigon River took less than the mooted three hours and only 90 minutes for the return trip.

Leaving port this afternoon, the ship needed to be swung around.  The Captain said this was the furthest inland the ship has been and it cannot go further as the Saigon River narrows even more further west.  At this point, he only had 20m clearance aft & foreward!  Easy-peasy and worth the applause!

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