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.

2 Comments:

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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