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Vietnam an assault on the senses.....

Motorbikes, Mekong and beaches.....

sunny 33 °C
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Well I arrived in sunny Vietnam on 26th January.....all bleary eyed and exhausted. I was amazed that I had actually got here.
I arrived at my hostel (Saigon backpackers) nice place fairly new, helpful staff and very central to the backpackers area Pham Ngu Lao.
After some sleep I awoke the next day eager to start my new adventure in Saigon city...wow motorbikes whizzing past and horns constantly being blasted this combined with mental heat and the smells of Pho(noodle soup) and hundred's of people running about....its intoxicating.
I found myself once again thrown into life in Asia and I love it!!!!!
After few days of settling in and taking in local sights such as, The War remnant's museum and The old post office and Notre Dame Cathedral...various markets, I decided to book a two day Mekong Delta trip. I had met a friend Lisa in the hostel and we decided to go together.
The Mekong was really good Can Tao- Ving Long...various floating markets and rice paper factories also rice noodle factories and all the fruit you can eat from the local people selling on the Mekong.

I arrived back from the Mekong armed with lots of amazing pictures eager to post on Facebook to show people back home, but my excitement was short lived...for people who are familiar with my past blogs the reason I am in Vietnam is to start an internship in HCMC teaching English for 6 months. Well once I had logged on to Facebook my world came crashing down......the internship had been cancelled!!!! I felt completely lost.

There were so many questions I asked myself...Why had it happened? What was I going to do? Should I go home? it was a nightmare.
After the initial shock of the news I decided I may as well have a holiday whilst I was out here, after all I have the visa and I am here now.
I spent 2 weeks in Saigon just getting use to the heat and time differences etc...my ankles had swollen due to heat and I found it painful to walk at times...I hung around contemplating life and things I had been dealing with back home still wondering what to do with my time here.

Finally amongst all the madness of TET watching the locals decorating in preparation for their New year celebrations I decided I needed some beach time. I booked a flight to Phu Quoc island...at least then I could relax on the beach away from all the noise of the horns and mental preparations of TET.
I arrived by internal flight with Mekong airlines, good and cheap!! around 50 pounds a flight...found a good hotel set in a nice garden its called (The Lounge) I booked myself a week there whilst I decided where to go next...I had arranged to meet my friend Clare at the hotel as she was cycling here and I flew( lol) We took a motorbike out for the day and seen some local sights etc...very good day found some secluded beaches and some temples etc...off the tourist map lol.

As it stands im still in Phu Quoc..and am looking at flights back to Saigon to plan my next move.

Posted by Alight77inNam 19:20 Archived in Vietnam

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