Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) probably isn’t the best place to do a first impression, but here it goes. The city is extremely busy with a ton of traffic and honking horns, things that I’m not particularly fond of. As we’ve said before, the people make the destination and so far the people have been very pushy and extremely rude. It seems like they don’t want foreigners here, but they sure want your money. Similar to other parts of Southeast Asia, it’s dirty and smells like a mixture of fish sauce and sewer, but I can look past that if the people are great. The people aren’t great and I want to rip the horn out of every single motor vehicle and non motor vehicle here. So far, I’m not feeling very good about Vietnam.
We made it to Vietnam after an uneventful 7 hour bus ride from Cambodia. We arrived at our hotel to find we were in a room with a window to the hall, absolutely no soundproofing and some pretty loud fellow travelers. We went out to explore the city a little and stopped for dinner at a pretty tasty vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant a few streets over. While we were out we booked a tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels as well as our bus for a few days later to Mui Ne. When we arrived back at the hotel we asked if there was any way to get an earlier breakfast or something to take with us for our two mornings since we would need to leave by 7am. The man at the desk was very rude and short when he answered no. One of the reasons we had booked the hotel was due to the “free” breakfast which we were now not getting. The lack of hospitality from a service industry worker took me back. I hope this is not a sign of things to come in Vietnam. So far we haven’t experienced any smiles or friendly people from walking around town. I cant wait to get out of this bustling city and hopefully experience some friendly people soon!