Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

We have arrived at Ho Chi Minh City some 28 hours after departure. The total flying time was around 13 hours so we spent a lot of time waiting. It seems Thai Airways lost a plane or something, and we were the unlucky passengers. But in their defence they bussed us to a good hotel, fed us two buffet meals and they sorted our 2nd flight out perfectly. When we got off the plane at Bangkok the airline had loads of staff with signs so they could rush everybody to their connecting flights. Some had to run behind highly enthusiastic airlines employees but we had an hour to spare.

We had a brief moment when they seemed to panic about the whereabouts of our bags but it was a false alarm.

It is a little before midnight here and the temperature outside is 25c! We just had a bite to eat in the night market right outside our hotel. We managed to jump in at the fairly deep end and had some pork balls wrapped in vermecelli rice blanket things. And some bean and rice omelette balls. Both were superb.

Ho Chi Minh is quite a sight to behold. From the air it is a blanket of neon colours. From the ground it is a blanket of mopeds. We spent the first 10 minutes of our taxi journey completely amazed by the number of mopeds and the insane driving. I would guess that mopeds outnumber cars by 20-1. And it seems mopeds carry the same number of people…some were being ridden by 2 adults with 2 children.

Highlight of the day for Claire was me being referred to as a giant by a market trader!

Tomorrow is city tour day. I would rate our chances of not being run over at about 10/1.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Jo says:

    Hey hun,

    I love the fact they think Mark is a giant, in fairness he is probably twice the size of the locals! I love your blog page and will look everyday to see what you are up to – jeeez, if it’s 25 degrees tonight, what will it be like during the day?!? Lucky you packed your anti bacterial wipes!

    Lots of love from chilly London,

    Jo & Diccon x x x

  2. Jo Gibbins says:


    OMG, so good to see you actually there! Been thinking of you and thank you for the link to your blog – I will follow you keenly and plan our next trip. Take care Jo xx

  3. Anna says:

    Hi both
    Thanks for adding me to your blog. I will follow your travels and wish I was there!!

    Claire, glad you are experiencing Thai airways once again! Enjoy the night market!! Hope you find another massive wooden elephant! 🙂

    Take care!
    Anna xxx

  4. Chris S says:

    Hi Claire and Mark, well it looks as if it is everything you hoped it would be and its jus the beginning. And I thought the roads in Italy were dangerous!!! Thanx for the link – its good reading. All the best.

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