Ho Chi Minh City
Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:00 PM
Posted 19 February 2009 - 05:00 AM
afetr 3 days at cambodia e we went back to vietnam. from pangulaw street, kung san kami ibinaba ng bus eh dun matatagpuan ang sandamukal na hotel sa saigon. rate are from 10$ -100$ depende sa trip. saigon is a nice city, sarap makipagbaratan sa ben thanh market, kumain ng street foods at gumala. ingat lang sa pagtawid kasi sa dami ng motor dun eh baka ma side sweep. they have this bad traffic rules kasi motorcycles there are like snakes, singit lang ng singit. we avail ng tours nila, kadalasan kasi ng mga hotels dun e they have tour packages like the cu chi tunnel, mekong delta river, floating market.. rates are from 5$ to as much as 25$ depende sa trip. daming turista sa saigon kala ko nga europe eh.
if you guys are planning on this kind of trip, pm me. myt giv u more tips. this is also the same post that i made sa cambodia.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 11:30 PM
I stayed at Lan Lan Hotel 1, which is right across the Reunification Palace and a few blocks away from Ben Thanh Market and Rong Vang Theatre – Home of the Water Puppet Show. The Notre Dame de Saigon and the Central Post Office are also nearby. By the way, there's a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf fronting Notre Dame. It's a good spot to put your feet up and people watch.
At night, the vibe changes from chill to sexy. There's just something about nights in Saigon that excites me. So vibrant and so full of life clad in flamboyant neon lights.
I guess the heat is really on in Saigon. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 09:05 AM
sana next na balik sa ho chi minh, ako na lang mag isa, dami pwede dun.. halos lahat chinita and petite..hahaha
Posted 18 August 2012 - 05:10 PM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:26 PM
Unfortunately for him, he was a very heavy smoker. There are photos of him holding a cigarette while awarding something to a young girl. Many of his photos show him holding a cigarette.
He passed away in 1969 from lung cancer.
Too bad he didn't live to see the day his country would be unified.
Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:53 PM
Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:20 AM
Lots of people there ride motorcycles...even the ladies. The Viet ladies in Saigon are hot! Lots of people up late at night at Ben Thanh market.
I think the main means of transportation in Vietnam is the motorcycle. It's so difficult just crossing the road. There are just too many. Parang walang government control. There also doesn't seem to be any type or form of traffic enforcement. There doesn't seem to be any traffic rules there. But the amazing this is not once did I see a single accident!!
Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:22 AM
Posted 09 May 2013 - 09:51 AM
Posted 12 May 2013 - 05:08 AM
My brother gave his wife 10,000 Vietnamese Dong and told her to go on a shopping spree. His wife, exclaimed "ang generous naman ng asawa ko", not realizing that 10,000 dong is the equivalent of only a few pesos.
Experienced being a millionaire there...
$100 = VD1.7M
When I first arrived in Vietnam, an old woman on the street was begging and I gave her 2,000 dong. She just looked at the money and smiled at me sarcastically. Ewan ko siguro parang P2 lang ata yung halaga noon.
Posted 12 May 2013 - 05:21 AM
Visited Vietnam late last year. Manila - Ho Chi Minh - Hanoi. We caught our connecting flight from Hanoi at Ho Chi Minh. We had to cross over from the international terminal to the domestic terminal with our luggage on street level (where taxis were). Despite being in late December, we were sweating because of the heat. When we arrived in Hanoi, it was so cold.
sobra mura dito mga tours, get the all-in tours, including guide, transpo, hotels, transfers, meals, sightseeing entrance tickets etc etc...4 of us rode an Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van w/ guide during our whole stay...yun nga lang ang INIT!!!!
The weather discrepancy between the two main cities of Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh in South Vietnam and Hanoi in North Vietnam) is so great. It's like going from Manila during the summer season to Baguio during the cold season. Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi is 1 hour 45 minutes or like going from Manila to Hong Kong.
Posted 12 May 2013 - 07:05 PM
Any reco kung saan my happy ending dito? How much? Tips?
marami d2. sa saigon plng solve ka na. madami mps na with es. meron din naman na spakol lng. sakay ka lng sa motorbike tapos sabihin mo gus2 mo ng BOOM BOOM! alam na nung driver yun. average rate: 500,000-700,000 VD
Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:25 PM
Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:14 PM
I don't know about that. I think lamang pa ang Pilipinas but Vietnam is quickly catching up. Sa airport lang, lamang na sila.
very nationalistic mga Vietnamese, proud sila na natalo nila mga 'kano nung Vietnam War, tapos ngayon asensado na sila (no thanks to PHL importing so much rice from Vietnam), at par o overtaken na ang pinas sa yaman at development...sana iexport nalang natin mga pulitiko natin
The people in Vietnam are ok. Hinde sila aggressive like they are in Shanghai, China, for instance. Though it's a communist state, you don't feel like you're in a communist country. Parang walang batas pa nga as people over there drive like crazy. Cutting corners, going against the flow of traffic, etc. Walang sinabi yung mga driver natin na walang disiplina. The drivers there make Filipino drivers seem extremely disciplined.
Posted 06 August 2013 - 02:26 AM
First time I visited Ho Chi Minh(Saigon) was 2008 and the exchange rate is 160000 Dong to a dollar. My last visit was this May and the rate was 200000 Dong to a dollar. You can say it has depreciated but the city center is more interesting than even Makati. There are more new buildings which replaced the old ones for commercial or shopping purposes. Lots of hotels to choose and expect each one to be clean even a three star. As a foreigner, you may feel safer there than in Manila. My guide tells me that authorities are always looking over foreigner not to have problems.
Try to get hold of a bottle of wine/whisky na ang nakababad ay cobra and arranged biting the tail of the scorpion although it is combined with ginseng and ginger, I think. The size of the cobra and scorpion depends on the size of the bottle. According to my tour guide/driver, the home made is more better. In Laos, not scorpions or cobras are in the bottle, even armadillo and tiger are soaked.
Food is good to taste and enjoy. Maanghang ang karamihan. Vegetable is fresh even having them on ordinary restaurant. Still I think food there is quite cheaper than in Manila considering also the quality of the ingredient. I tried sauted snake, I don't know if its really a snake or an eel on my way to our destination, the tunnel. Hard to communicate sometimes with the locals.
Nightlife is everywhere and if you need to a have the girl you prefer, just have to tell the driver and most likely you'll end up in a mini-hotel then girls would come for your choosing. Girls are also available in karaoke bars but you have to add other expenses. Girls outside the hotel offer room service as massage and maybe you may like the girl and have a nice ending. Just have to arrange with the reception. A 100 dollar is all that is needed in the mini-hotel or room service. Girls are quite small but nice skin but I would say Filipina girls are more prettier.
Spas are available but it's better to try the legitimate ones or in hotel to fully enjoy the service.
The airport really has a big impact to foreigners coming in and going out which makes NAIA........
Are there still many girls who pick up customers on their motorcyles/scooters? Way back in 2001 I encountered many pick up girls who literally try to pick you up on their motorcycles. They usually hang out near 4 or 5 star hotels where there are a lot of tourists.
Posted 11 March 2014 - 12:38 AM
Cambodia: A visit to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap is a must. Lots of modern hotels near this 900 year old ancient city. In Phnom Penh, make sure to visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng, also known as S-21 which was a school converted into a prison where Khmer people were tortured and later executed by the Khmer Rouge. And make sure to visit the Russian market. In the Killing Fields, you will be able to actually see bone fragments all around and the temptation to bring home a piece as a souvenir may enter your mind. But remember, these were bones once belonged to human beings so out of respect for the dead, try to resist the urge to bring home a piece of bone. BTW you can drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in about 7 hours. Driving will give you an idea of what the Cambodian countryside looks like.
sir we have planinng to take vacation in vietnan and cambodia this may 14 total of 5 person can u give me tips and ano hotel pwd sa 5 person, thank
Vietnam: If you plan to visit South Vietnam, make sure to visit the War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly called Saigon) which will give you the history of the Vietnam war from the Vietnamese point of view. Also visit the Cu Chi tunnels about an hour's drive from Saigon. This is where the Vietcong hid underground to evade detection by American forces. They slept, ate, studied, made weapons, etc. in these underground tunnels. You will also see how the Vietcong made booby traps.
In North Vietnam, if you visit Hanoi, you can visit the Hoa Lo Prison, dubbed the "Hanoi Hilton" by Americans who were incarcerated there. Lots of war museums featuring American aircraft shot down by the Vietnamese. Visit the tomb of Ho Chi Minh (Uncle Ho) (no photographs allowed).
Whether you're in North Vietnam or South Vietnam, be very careful crossing the street. The main means of transportation there is by motorcycle/scooter and there are millions of them. When crossing, do not hesitate but walk straight. The drivers will go around you. If you hesitate and panic and take a step back, it will result in an accident. So be very careful as there are so many motorcycles which form an endless line. Also be warned that traffic rules virtually do not exist in Vietnam. Since you're 5 best to take an Innova taxi which is more difficult to find than the smaller cabs. Of course having a coaster with a tour guide is the best since the guide can explain things to you from the history of Vietnam, to where to buy your groceries.
Posted 17 March 2014 - 03:26 PM
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