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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Written on: Monday February 25th, 2008

A journal entry from: S.E.Asia

What a huge change going from Cambodia to Viet Nam! This country is alive with the bustle of economic activity. It is called the tiger economy of Southeast Asia and rightly so. Everywhere you look there is some form of small or large enterprise going on. The Western world had better watch out!We left Cambodia via speedboat down the Mekong. We spent the night at a place on the border called Chau Doc. From there we signed up for the two day Mekong cruise. In that small amount of time we used almost every means of transportation  possible in the Mekong Delta: cyclos, small row boats, larger motor boats, a fairly large river cruise boat, motorcycles, bikes and finally a bus down to Ho Chi Minh city. It was amazing! We floated independently through 5 different tours while our bags travelled seemingly on their own. Somehow there was always someone who knew which way we were going (we sure didn't) and our bags eventually rejoined us. We saw a floating village, a large floating market, were shown numerous small industries (rice paper making, handicrafts etc.) and had a home-stay in the middle of a small island.The Vietnamese are amazing. You put yoursef in their hands and they will take care of you. Ho Chi Minh City has proven to be a wonderful place. In many instances so modern while at the same time preserving so many traditional activities with none of the grime and poverty that plagues Phnom Penh.The food here is absolutely amazing. We usually eat at the night market which has the greatest array of fresh seafood I have ever seen in my life. Next it's on to the beaches and sand dunes of Mui Ne.

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From Guillaume on Feb 26th, 2008

Hey guys ! Say hi for me to Vietnam ! If you look some nice places in HCMC, go to the great live bars Yoko (rock) or Carmen (latino). Go !

From Etienne on Feb 26th, 2008

Getting lazy ? Seems more funny to ride a motorcycle than your folding bikes ! Enjoy for us all !!

From Cheryl G. on Mar 2nd, 2008

I am really enjoying your blog, Larry and Bev. Your photos are awesome, especially your "home-stay"! Continued safe journeys.