Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh

Sunday November 20, 2011 - Day 1 Today was the first day of my vacation in about 5 years. The last time I traveled was back in 2007 so this was a long time coming. I left LAX on Friday 11/18 for a 15 hour flight to HK with a connecting to HCM in 2 hours which was a 2 hour flight. I finally arrived in HCM around 11AM. During my lay over in HK, I needed a snack... IMG_0419 Oh man this was gooood. The Chinese know their bread with condensed milk. I had a milk tea to go with it and yes it tastes better here than back home...or maybe it is in my head. I arrive in HCM and get a cab to my hotel. I think I got jacked on my fact I know I did. I should of just went to the stand than follow that dude for his cab. I guess chalk it up to a donation. Dont want to knock the hustle...I guess for everyone of me that pays too much there are a bunch of others that he dont get. Anyways...I arrive here: IMG_0421 This is located in District 3 which is in between the main parts of District 1 and Chinatown in District 5 and 6. It had very good reviews on Trip Advisor and they have that standard free breakfast and their own tours. So I sign up on my tours. I have the next 3 mornings full of tours. I walk around looking around the hotel and see if what is nearby. front of the hotel IMG_0422 I was hungry now as you can imagine so I walked into this place that looked very why not. I wanted to try the Vietnamese "pancake" as I figured there will be plenty of opportunities to have Pho here. In fact I can have some tomorrow for breakfast downstairs. Beef noodles and veggies IMG_0424 and then this huge thing... IMG_0426 IMG_0427 random walking around shots IMG_0429 IMG_0430 IMG_0431 IMG_0432 IMG_0434 I cant wait for more of what this city has to offer!


Photography by Hamilton said...

Have fun brother.

Roxanne Bonar said...

Wow, Irv. Your first day there sounds pretty fun. The pictures looks authentic and so.... Third world? Hehehehe... I cant wait to read more. Are you there alone or are you meeting any future wives out there?

Seems like the food will be great there since I heard Vietnam is becoming one of the foodie capital of the world. I heard you must try this place where they throw rice and clay pots in the air.

Aft Vietnam, where are you going?