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Belinda’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 22 Jan 2005

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

MapHoly Motorbike!! I am sure that HCMC must have the highest per-capita rate of motorbikes in the world. They swarm about the city continuously, and there is very little organisation to their interaction with pedestrians. I've learned that the best way to get to the other side of the road is to take a calculated (& brave) step onto the road, keeping firm eye-contact with oncoming traffic. You then slowly weave your way through the motorbike mass, being sure not to make any hasty moves. Once safely onto the opposite footpath I breathe a big sigh of relief. The bigger the crossing the bigger the sigh.
I await the arrival of Peg...
Vietnam is different to Thailand. The locals seem more pushy and less happy, more people begging, and there are more children selling things here. The climate is more forgiving than Bangkok, and the air seems far less polluted. There is a bigger divide between tourist and local: I don't think that it is possible to catch local transport? Today is my first day so I am exploring the city. The tourist areas are well tracked so I am enjoying simply wandering through the streets with my Lonely Planet. Oh; now that I'm no longer travelling with Joey I have my nose firmly back in my SE Asia guide!