Saturday, August 6, 2011

Hello, Saigon!

We decided to depart Dalat via our second overnight bus - this one was not as comfortable. For some reason, the attendant decided there were assigned seats (even though our tickets indicated no such thing). He sent Dana and I to the back of the bus, where there is a low-ceilinged "cave" of four tiny reclined seats. We stayed there during the 6-hour ride but I don't think I got any sleep.

From K - Saigon


Since we left Dalat around 11pm, there was little traffic and we made great time. Unfortunately, this means we arrived in Saigon at 4:45 am. Now, most Vietnamese people start their days early. But apparently not that early. So, we had a taxi drop us off at a hotel, and we were allowed to sleep on some wooden benches until they had a room ready for us a few hours later.

Needless to say, we were a little sleep-deprived on our first day in Vietnam. So, we decided to take it easy and explore our little area of the city - Pham Ngu Lao.

Ate some healthy salad at a nearby cafe...
From K - Saigon

From K - Saigon

From K - Saigon


...And sampled some frozen yogurt! There is frozen yogurt all over southern California, but this is the first time we've seen it in Asia. About time!
From K - Saigon


Bananas must be Saigon's favorite fruit. We saw tons of people selling bananas: on the side of the road, next to restaurants, at markets, by fruit stands, and on carts:
From K - Saigon

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