Ho Chi Minh City for a day and then off to Da Nang!

One day in Ho Chi Minh City! One day to explore again. I had planned the departure from Da Lat to include some time in the city because I could not get an earlier flight to Da Nang which is my next port of call. So I decided to spend two days in Saigon to see the city. Here’s an interesting thing. Nothing ever stays the same! Even though I wandered 30 days before here I felt like I was seeing the city for the first time but only had a day to see it.

So after the hotel free breakfast of noodles and eggs I departed. I walked and sweated and drank water through the day. Its hot here! Finally after one day I judged as a success I made it back to the hotel room. I uploaded my photos from the day and here’s the album from a day of wandering in this amazing, strange, and wonderful city.

What did I learn? I learned that nothing stays the same. I also saw different things in the same things from the last time here. I saw light striking a building differently. Saw the cart with the Banh Mi sandwiches looking differently. Saw the tourists walking with purpose on the square. I did not make it to Vincom Center for Ice Cream but that was okay. Instead I went to a really nice brewpub with some kicking double IPA and Blonde beers and ate and drank for awhile.

Tomorrow a new city and I’m pretty excited to see another big city here. Its my last city and I’ll be leaving Vietnam on 16 September for Cambodia. I will return to Hanoi for a few reasons. People there want to see me and Hanoi has this certain cosmic tug on me. I think it will be after TET New Years when I go. I have the rest of the year planned out in Cambodia pretty well with hotel reservations and bus tickets already ordered.

I know though that Vietnam has a certain tie to me at so many levels. Luckily none of the places are that far from other places here. Flying from Phnom Penh to Hanoi is easy. Getting a 30 day tourist visa for Vietnam is easy. Online does it!

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I have 30 days to play in Da Nang next. A big city with bridges and parks and coffee shops and brewpubs and all the things that make Vietnam fun. Stay tuned. Reporting on Da Nang write around the corner!

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