Originally we had intended to take the train from Ho Chi Minh city out to Nha Trang, on the east coast of Vietnam with the journey taking about 6 hours. However, with the flights being $40USD (and cheaper than the train) it made sense to do the 40 minute flight. I’d barely tightened my seatbelt and we were landing.
We continued our stay in Ho Chi Minh at a serviced apartment towards the south side of District 1 by agreeing to a 3 week stay. Our host Henry showed us a nice, small apartment down one of the many side streets in the city. Apartment might be a strong word for it – it’s really just a large bedroom with a bathroom. For anyone looking to rent in Ho Chi Minh I’d recommend checking out a few places first, either via a local agent or Airbnb. We liked the location of this apartment and at approx $400USD per month it’s a cheap way to stay here. Included with the room is a cleaner every week and laundry service.
Ho Chi Minh city, formerly Saigon, is located in the south of Vietnam. Lou had no real reason or intention for coming here other than because I wanted to. And why did I want to come to Vietnam? The episode of Top Gear I had watched some 8 years prior still filled my head with imagery of what a beautiful country Vietnam must be – I loved watching the presenters fool around on bikes whilst creating a very memorable road trip. Unlike Lou, who will research a destination, chat to Airbnb hosts and check out activities, I decided to provide some counterbalance. I did nothing. We would just turn up and figure it all out in true Top Gear style.
Thrilla in Manila! Well, our trip was not quite a “thrilla”, more of an enjoyable visit. Sadly showing my age by making a reference to the big fight between Ali and Frazier in 1975 although in my defense I hadn’t been born yet. However, when referencing Manila, it was always the first thing that came to mind – up until this visit at least. Continue Reading
After a week in the main thoroughfare of El Nido we moved across to new accommodation. The transfer wasn’t without some drama, our new place Hadefe Beach Cottages is just around from the main bay in El Nido, about a 15minute walk headed north. Initially no tricycle would take us, drivers reasoned that they couldn’t access the area. Usually we would have just walked but both Lou and myself were just coming past a nasty period of food poisoning (again) that had us in bed for about 48hrs. Continue Reading