Saturday, October 08, 2005

Here in Vietnam

I landed in Saigon a couple of hours ago, maybe 2pm local time. Flight was not crowded at all, maybe 20% full.

Clearing customs was easy, as was immigration. The airport is old, but it looks like they are building a new one right next door. This one, Tan Sa Nhut, was used a lot during the Vietnam War. Some of the hangars and other buildings are clearly from before that time, or built during the 1960s.

On the descent into the airport, saw a lot of buildings that could have been used by the US or South Vietnamese military.

Quite hot here, and humid. I found this Internet cafe right down the street from my hotel and ducked in.

Taxi driver spoke little English but really, really tried to make a conversation.

I am really tired but have a bit of a second wind, and will meet up with the tour group at 7pm, 3 1/2 hours from now. Will keep to the local time as much as possible.

The hotel is nice, built in the 1930s, but modernized. A/C, CNN and BBC on the tv.

Look forward to a nice long sleep tonight, and then to start this trip for real.


Blogger United Irelander said...

Wow this is very interesting. What possessed you to go to Vietnam of all places?

11:21 AM  
Blogger the phantom said...

I love to travel, and actually like going long distances.

I have wanted to see Vietnam for a long time. Various reasons: the food is very good ( have had it at home ), have heard that parts of the country are very beautiful.

But also, I am a history buff, and want to see in person where some of the events of the Vietnam took place. Saw some once such place today, which I will post on in a minute.

3:54 AM  

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