Vietnam | The video

OK… the video mainly consists of earlier videos put togehter in one video file. BUT… I am very proud of the intro, so check it out 🙂

Trip statistics

Scooter kilometers: 2312
Falls: 4 (Maarten 1 times, Armand 2 times, Louis 1 time)
Dongs taken from the ATM: about 168.000.000 (and some credit card payments)
Number of scooter repairs: 9
Helmets broken: 2
Food stands wrecked: 1
Amount of top tips done from the Lonely Planet: 12 out of 16
Cheapest hotel: $ 4 per person
Most expensive hotel: $ 113
Cheapest Pho: 20.000 Dong
Most expensive Pho: 69.000 Dong
Amount of visited temples: too much +1
Arriving in the dark: 8 times (it gets dark here about an hour to early)
Airplanes: 5
Trains: 1
Ferries: 5
Boats: 3
Traffic fines: 0
Suits: 14 (4 decent suits, 5 party suits, 5 Santa suits)
Longest waiting time: 2.5 hours (for a ferry that eventually did not arrive)
Christmass slings on Armand’s scooter: 20
Amount of sleep by Roel in planes and train: 0

Day 22 | Saigon and going home

Just before going to the airport

Just before going to the airport

This morning we packed all our bags and prepared for flying back home. Knives and wine in the big bags, packing bag around back pack, souvenirs and sweater in day pack, etc.

After breakfast we returned to the indoor market to buy the last of the souvenirs and to see fresh new tourists, being driven in bus loads at a time and get overcharged for everything they buy. It’s clear our way of traveling thought is the normal prices in Vietnam, which makes bargaining much easier.

Next is relaxing on the terrace, returning the scooter papers and the long travel home after a very verdy good vacation!

What will be the next adventure?

Day 21 | Saigon

Today it’s 32 degrees and sunny. Just to let all the readers know what you are missing 🙂

My brand new “safety guaranteed” helmet broke in the plane. So we’re not taking baseball cape helmets as souvenirs. Armand’s bottle of Dalat wine did survive the plane travel. So logically seen it should be safer to duct tape a couple of bottles of wine on your head, compared to wearing Vietnamese helmets.

Street market

Street market

We chose to take a relaxed day and do the Saigon walking tour (you have to do something without a scooter) suggested by the Lonely Planet. The tour was udated a bit by us to have multiple pit stops at nice terraces. Armand played some Plants vs Zombies on each terrace. We saw a lot of the intersting sights here. The local indoor market, street market, People’s Committee Building, Opera House, Post Office and the Reunification Palace (with lot’s war pictures and preserved other stuff). I am now officially war-tired. People that start a war are idiots. We ended the day (and our last evening in Vietnam) with dinner and bar hopping, it was difficult to find bars without hookers, but we managed. For dinner we selected the Barbecue Paradise. Barbecues integrated in the tables, decent meat, great evening.

 

Busy traffic in Saigon

Day 20 | Hanoi and Hanoi – Saigon

Temple

Temple

Today we first went to the Ho Chi Min mausoleum and parc. The mausoleum was already closed. It’s a big building. After that we checked out the Temple of Literature, probably the oldest thing we saw here. At first it was a temple, but soon it also was a university. The yearbooks were big stone slates with the names of the graduates carved in. The area included some temples, so by now I am officially temple-tired. They all look the same, lot’s of fake gold and Bia, copied dollars and other gifts offered to the gods. Next was the Hoa Lo Prison, first, more than a century ago, used by thue French, later by the Vietnamese. A bit too much propaghanda, but still impressive to see. This concludes our tour of Hanoi. Back to the hotel, pick-up our scooters and luggage and to the train station. It took some time before Maarten’s scooter started, but no problem, this is the last ride. We took the touristic route to the train station, where, after some arranging, we left the scooters and after a long wait got a cab to the airport. From the cold Hanoi, 13 degrees, cloudy and some rain, it’s off to Saigon, 26 degrees at night :). Around midnight we arrived at our hotel, with only one cockroach in the hallway, crappy internet, a missing window in the bathroom and not too clean towels (but that’s normal). Sounds like a normal Vietnamese hotel and perfectly suitable for two days in Saigon. Now it’s time for some nice-weather-enjoying-time at a bar close to the hotel. Tomorrow we will do some touristic sight-seeing in Saigon.