When it came time to leave Hoi An we weren’t mentally ready; we could have easily spent another 3 nights there but we had things to do and places to see.
We decided that flying to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) would be the best cost & time efficient option so we headed to DaNang early in the morning to catch our pre-booked flight.
Unfortunately upon arrival we discovered our plane had a 3 hour delay, which meant a rather long boring wait at the airport.
Clio & I were virtually over our illness (although not 100%) but now Eden had developed a fever.
Once the 3 hour delay past it was a quick trip to HCMC & we were once again greeted on arrival by a driver arranged via our hotel.
We made it to the hotel, got Eden some medicine and then us girls snuggled & watched some t.v. before getting an early night.
It was meant to be ‘girls night’ with food, face masks and ice-cream but with Eden not feeling to good we had to postpone. The whole reason for girls night was Matt was heading out for the evening on a ‘back of the bike’ food tour with XO Tours.
I don’t have any photos of the tour but Matt did get some GoPro footage which I am sure he will eventually share. It was however Matt’s highlight of our time in HCMC and said it was so much more than a food tour.
His rider picked him up from our hotel at around 5pm and then they made their way around various food markets with a bunch of other people on bikes. Other than the food (and drinks) which he said was delicious, they also did a bit of a tour of the city, explaining some of the history and talking about the various districts.
When he returned home later that evening he was pretty excited to tell me all about it and says he would definitely recommend it to others.
The next day we were on a major go slow. Eden thankfully was feeling a lot better but we were all tired from all the traveling we had done thus far.
We walked over to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, after taking some photos of the outside we headed inside where we ended up getting locked in, or so we thought…
When we were done checking out the inside we tried to leave but the gates were locked! Thankfully there was a lady there selling stuff who also had a key, phew.
From here we headed to Propaganda Restaurant for a bite to eat amongst the bright decor. The girls each ordered fresh juices which poor Clio didn’t get to enjoy as she knocked hers over onto the bright fabric seating; which ended up getting stained, oops. The food was delicious!
On the way back to the hotel we walked past the War Remnants Museum, sadly it was closed for lunch so we called it a day on adventuring and headed back for long naps, a quick dinner and then bed!
The next day we stopped at Tao Dan Park for the girls to have a play before heading back to the War Remnants Museum, since we now knew the opening hours.
The Museum was interesting but extremely sad with lots of photographs and various paraphernalia. Eden naturally had a lot of questions, which of course I didn’t have answers for.
Unfortunately the rest of the day was sorting out things for Cambodia; getting passport photos, making sure we had enough USD’s etc. It was really a whole big waste of time, so I wont go into all the details, what I will say is don’t accidentally convert your USD’s that you put aside for the Cambodian Visa’s & boat tickets into VND and know that the passport photo size is 5x7cm.
As you can see we didn’t really make the most of our time in HCMC; partly I think we were enjoying the down time, partly we were still wishing we were back in Hoi An and partly we just didn’t love the city, we felt it lacked the character of Hanoi and at the end of a day was just another city!
In hindsight we definitely would have spent less time here.
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