Saturday, 6 December 2008
FuFu World Tour - Sai Gon & Can Tho
25th May - 11th June 2007 - Part One
Departed from one of the world`s best airports - KLIA.
My destination was Ho Chi Minh City, or locally known as Sai Gon.
Watching the flight attendants was the main entertainment on board.
The in-flight meal was not bad. Mango pudding was awesome.
Going to be landed on the largest city in Vietnam.
I was wondering where to go after Turkey. Lucy stated that she would be going back to Vietnam and travel to Thailand end of May on her blog. Suddenly, Vietnam popped up in my mind. So, i gathered all my Vietnamese friends, purchased the ticket, planned the itinerary and finally flew to Saigon.
Exchanged 10K Japanese Yen, i got 11,748,000 Vietnamese Dong.
Met up Andy at the arrival hall. We took taxi to the hotel.
My accommodation in Saigon was arranged by Andy. He mentioned that love hotel is cheap, spacious and most importantly clean. Everyday, the room will be cleaned, bedding sheet and blanket will be changed. Besides TV, air-con, fridge, safety box, this hotel provides every little thing from chewing gum to nail cutter to ciggarette to local brand OK condoms.
My room of a love hotel located in District One. US$14.
This noodle with grilled pork, nuts and fried spring roll was awesome.
Breakfast at Guan An Ngon.
This beef soup noodle was way too good.
Andy drove me around the city by his motorcycle.
Motorcycle is the primary mode of transport in Vietnam.
Motorcyclists not necessary to wear helmet in Vietnam.
Motorcyclists need to be careful of the other mode of transports.
Andy then took me to a bus station. I was heading to Cantho.
Lucy picked me up at the Cantho bus station with her relatives. Was then straightly brought to a countryside. My first time to see how people live along the river, which it play a significant role in rural life owing to the extensive network of rivers in Vietnam. The residents just like anywhere, wash anything at the river, body as well. Life is as simple as you would never think of in the countryside.
We were going to have dinner in this house.
The living room.
FuFu and Lucy`s uncle.
While the women were preparing the dinner, i walked around the house and chatted with Lucy. Heard we would have grilled rabbit meat for dinner. The people are poor but they never fail to host their guests. They would serve their guest well with what they have (like rabbit), called up all the friends to eat and drink together. This might be the opportunity for them to drink together and show off their guests to the others.
The hammock on top of a bed.
The master bedroom.
The kitchen and dining room.
Women still washing clothes at the river.
The grocery shop.
The auntie is 'cleaning' the snails.
The granny is preparing the dinner. Two big fishes.
So men showed up when the dishes served on the table. Surprisingly, men and women had their dinner separately. I had my dinner with group of women because i only spoke to Lucy (couldnt even speak Vietnamese). It was my first time to taste rabbit meat though, smooth and soft - great. After dinner i joined the men while drinking Tiger beer together. Lucy was the interpreter. One of the men said wanna bring me to have FUN in town, but Lucy rejected it. Poor FuFu.
Discotheque X.O CLUB.
We then back to town. After bathing, we went to a disco nearby our hotel with her cousins. Six persons and two motorcycles. Three persons on a motorcycle - my first time. Life is hard in Vietnam, so everyone is working hard to make money. But some of them spend part of their hard-earned money to destress (shake their heads and bodies) at discotheque. Anyway, the music playing at X.O was bad and we left at 1am.
This was the first time i entered a disco in shorts.
A duck soup noodle after clubbing, one word - AWESOME.
That day i only slept three hours. At around five in the morning, i got in a van with Lucy and heading to a temple at the border of Vietnam and Cambodia.
Ba Chua Xu Temple
To be continued...
越南之旅 - 第一集 -