Ok I have a lot of catching up to do, as I appear to have been here for some days, being swept along by the sheer energy of this city, Saigon, as it is still referred to by the locals. Ho Chi Min city would seem to be the city’s official title, more preferred by the Government. The journey here was interesting, first was a 2 hour bus ride from Mondulkiri to Snoul, I joined two israeli guys which was helpful. Once at Snoul after some negotiating we arranged 3 bikes to take us to the border, and welcome to Vietnam!!. So no problems getting in, 3 more bikes arranged and we headed 20 km to the nearest bus station within Vietnam where we bused it to Ho Chi Min city.
And what a crazy city. I joined the guys for some food that night and we sampled the local Saigon beer. How can i describe the city?, frenetic, pulsing, vast and quite adventurous. I found out later that the population of Saigon is 9 million, more than London’s 8.3 million. Vietnam itself has a massive 90 million population. And it feels like it!
Since being here I haven’t felt like doing so much of the normal tourist attractions, but more experience the hustle and bustle of the city. And there is no better way to do this than with pictures. So here are the first days, around every corner is an interesting site, it’s never dull here…
Ben Thanh Market
Coffee is everywhere in Saigon, they’re as addicted as we are with Starbucks starting to pop up everywhere. As with most food here the Coffee is very sweet.
Vendors are everywhere on the street, the fruits are delicious.
Couldn’t work out the game it looked like back gammon.
If they’re not exercising or running around there is always time for a nap.
7% of Vietnamese are Catholics. In the centre of the city is Saigon Notre Dame cathedral, established by french colonists between 1863 and 1880.
The streets are moped crazy.
Exercise is a common sight through out the day.
Xmas decorations being put in place, Saigon goes even further for New years eve which is a big event celebrated with light.
Anywhere is a good place for a break.
Bitexco Financial tower, apparently was the tallest building in Vietnam for 3 months until piped to the post by Hanoi. 68 Floors, 262,5 m high complete with a Heli pad.
Check out the young lady in the cafe
Everyone is on their phone or smart phone.