Wednesday 23 January 2013

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh (Day 2)

Our buffet breakfast at the hotel. SO FANTASTIC. The food was great, there was a wide selection of food and everything was delicious. We were SO SUPER excited when we arrived at the 9th floor for the breakfast. I've read many reviews and almost all of them said the breakfast was great and we were not disappointed, it was such a good thing to wake up and have a wonderful breakfast to look forward to.

So for the second day, we booked a day tour to Mekong Delta for USD13.We visited the floating market which was practically empty because we arrived at around 12+/1pm. :/

So the tour will stop by a bee farm and let you drink some honey tea in an attempt to get you to buy some honey. But they won't force you to buy any so that's a relief. The honey tea was quite nice though. We didn't buy honey here but bought it at the supermarket later on haha.

And another stop is at this place that makes and sells coconut candy, peanut candy and rice popcorn. They put samples on the tables for you to try and if you like it, you can purchase it. One pack for 30,000dong.

Lunch is included but don't expect too much. You get a plate of rice, 2 fried springrolls, french beans and a chicken chop. So our table ordered this fish to try. It's eaten as a Vietnamese rice wrap so you get vermicelli, vegetables too. After lunch you have some free time which you can either ride a bike around the village or just rest in the eatery. We chose to ride around, it was a pretty narrow road and I'm glad I didn't bump into anything/anyone because I have not cycled in ages.

Next up is a visit to the fruits farm and you get to eat fruits (included) while you enjoy Vietnamese music. I think Vietnamese sounds like a Chinese dialect which is not that surprising I guess since they were under China for many many many years.

That was the end of the trip and back to the hotel we went~ We reached at about 7/8+pm and were famished so we decided to grab a Bánh mì which to me is like a Vietnamese version of Subway. We ate it in a cafe but I realised that my favourite bakery sells this at a lower price and many roadside vendors sell this even cheaper.

After a shower, we headed out again to the night market. It's just outside Ben Thanh market, you can find fruits, clothes, souvenirs and food here but I felt that there was nothing really worth buying. And according to my friend, the price here is higher. Oh I bought masks! When in Vietnam, do as the Vietnamese do haha. Almost everyone here wears masks over their mouths, since pollution is quite bad. Oh and they also wear long sleeves and pants, like almost totally covered head to toe, even though it was SO HOT. I feel that it's hotter in Vietnam than in Singapore but that might be because we have more places with air-conditioning.

Then it was back to the hotel and KBS world!

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