Touristy Fun in Ho Chi Minh City

Wait, wait. Don’t leave yet! You will miss the final touristy day I spent today in Ho Chi Minh City and the amazing views from the Saigon Skydeck which is 49 floors up in the most iconic skyscraper here. Without further explanation, here are a few pictures from a day spent being the tourist.

That’s the view at 49 floors up of this amazing city stretching out basically as far as the eye can see.

Some friendly young people on my meandering today. Vietnamese love to have their pictures taken and spend time doing selfies and posing a lot. All in all, a fun loving and gregarious people!

Some college student practicing English. They had questions but we started laughing about half way through and fun ensued. I also asked to take their picture which was not a hard sell :-).

Its raining like crazy now here so resting for the last night in the homestay. May go walk over to the Circle K and get a few beers for the night. Hopefully the rain stops but its been kinda this way all the day today.

Tomorrow at 830am I board the bus from here to Da Lat. It takes about 7 hours on the bus and we stop for a few breaks along the way. I also had to find a ATM which allows larger fund withdrawals then some of them. If you are traveling here, you may want to find a HSBC or Citibank ATM. Many of the local banks do not allow more than 3 million VND at a time. I wanted to withdraw enough for a hotel room coming up and money to spend for awhile. HSBC does the goods!

Thinking about the slowness of the travel a bit…

Sometimes like over the ice cream earlier at Fanny’s (love that name!), I start considering the time on the road, what it all means, how moving slowly has been the best thing for me. I don’t think I would enjoy the so many countries in so many days thing at all. I would want to spend more time in some places and travel slowly there. Vietnam has been great for that! Its dawned on me though that the 6 month tourist visa is running out in September. I think by then I will be ready to go and see some place else.

Take care all! Catch you on the flip side of a longish bus ride tomorrow.