We arrived in Saigon around 5:30 AM, and caught a taxi from the station to the hotel we’d booked – which took only about 10 minutes. And, the taxi driver didn’t try to cheat us, so this was a good start.
The Tan Hai Long Hotel is located on the edge of the upmarket centre of town, about 10 minutes walk to the centre. In the centre the restaurants are quite expensive, but near our hotel there are plenty of cheap alternative. It’s about 15 minutes further walk from the centre to the backpacker area. The room charge per night including tax etc. and breakfast was VND1,491,000.
After some coffee and Internet browsing we went to the market – which was across the road.
Then a stroll up the main road to a pattisserie.
Time to look around a little…
and then had to have French for lunch
Well, we’d better do some sight seeing.
…and across the road…
…then a few minutes stroll through…
This museum, on the American War (AKA the Vietnam War), is excellent, if depressing at times. This was the highlight of my stay in Saigon, actually, as I had been alive during this war.
The Americans killed two million civilians, according to another exhibit.
We returned to the hotel for a rest, and later ventured out into the night.