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Dan’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 18 Apr 2006

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

MapHello to all of you

I think the problems with the site have been dealt with. Thank you Tim from PR for all your hard work. The site has been giving me some problems all throughout China, thus the lack of updates and pictures. But hopefully it's working now.

Hermann and i flew to Hong Kong, then took the Airport express to Kowloon and then the free shuttle bus to our hotel. Our hotel turned out to be a hostel in one of the most run down buildings in Hong Kong. I guess that's the problem with booking a room online and not really knowing what you get. The room was tiny, the bathtub was even smaller ...BUT we had a view of the river..

After the first night, we got up early and headed out. Took the ferry to HK island and spent the day touring around and indulged on a Starbucks to cool us down. (Jane do NOT read this) In the afternoon i cracked and had a shirt made for me. After picking out the fabric, it took a little under 3 hours before i had my shirt.

We then took in the light show along the river. Laser night show wish techo music. Pretty awesome.

We got up at 6 the next morning to make it to the airport. We had to fly to Singapore and then catch another flight to Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel in HCMC had arranged a taxi, and the driver was waiting at the airport with a big sign. Was rather exciting. It wasn't until the automatic doors opened and we stepped outside that the heat hit us. Our shirts were almost instantly stuck to our bodies. Gross!!! We are slowly getting used to the heat, drinking 5+ liters a day.

The ride to the Hotel was nerve racking. Bikes and mopeds everywhere, crossing and swooping in all directions around our taxi. I was amazed that nobody got hurt. After arriving at our hotel, we wandered around town for a bit, before having dinner and calling it a night.

Today, we just got back from a tour of the tunnels in Co Chi city. Just like Hiroshima, it was rather upsetting listening to what had occurred there. Seeing the videos, pictures and crawling through the tunnel evoked some disturbing images of what was going on there in the late 60s'.

Tomorrow Hermann and I are going on a Mekong river tour. After that we have one more day to walk around HCMC before flying to Hoi An. I'll try to post pictures as soon as possible..

So keep checking the site. I'll do my best to stay on top with things.