Review of Vietnam April 2013-Saigon

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Nothing more interesting in Hoi an with me and had happened to us. Lying on the beach in the evening went to the old town. When I went on the bus when on the bike, when on a taxi. Breakfast was very good, so we extended through the booking three days. Did not want to leave. I had to lay on a beach holiday for about 10 days, but it is not clear by what. But we must move on. And here we are at the airport in Danang and fly to Saigon. The tickets we had purchased on Vietnam airlines. What was our surprise, when we drove by bus to the plane. Before us was a Cambodian airlines plane. To our questions, where are we going, we replied "OK!" and were invited to climb the ladder.

And at this moment, on vzletke, flashed a couple of our MiGs. The roar of their engines and the beauty of the rise, were all paralyzed. Everyone stood and watched the two fiery dots, receding to the horizon. Old, I think the 21st, but even they left the impression that the Democratic Republic of Vietnam is under reliable protection. (Just kidding). But seriously, the sight was really beautiful.

Still, the name of the city Saigon I like it better than Ho Chi Minh city, so I'm going to call it. The airport in Saigon is located almost in the city, so to reach Ben tan not long and not expensive. On the last day in Hoi an, we went to the booking and printed the address of the first decent hotels in the area of Ben tan, to show the taxi driver. And here we are eating in a taxi to this address. Disembarked, gave 10$ to the taxi driver for the road, although the counter snitched 8$ and went to hotels to watch and priznatsa. In the end, after going through 5-6 hotels, we returned to the first hotel. Initially we called the price of 55$. After much bidding, the price was reduced to 35$.The hotel was very decent, with a good Breakfast. Formed and populated.

Plans for Saigon was standard. Cu Chi tunnels and the Mekong Delta. More than that there was no time. On the day of arrival I wanted to walk around the city and tours. The Mekong Delta we bought in the hotel, and Cu Chi on the street. After that went to walk around the city. The first goal was an observation deck in one of the skyscrapers, and went there. Rose looked. Beautiful. The rest of the day is spent exploring the city. In the morning we had the Mekong.

I can say that the tour in Saigon, I did not like. From Mekong, I was expecting something different, not the way I imagined it. But I considered the Mekong with an overnight stay. Well, this option is not passed. Three hours drive to the side of the Mekong, a half-hour boat ride toward the island and painful visits to various artisans for the production of rice paper, coconut toffee and other rubbish. When I left the room for the production of rice paper into the street, where it was 35 degrees, it seemed to me that it is cold outside.

It was very heavy to hang in the garden, where there were breadfruit trees and durians. And here when already it seemed that my last steps in this life, we were put on a boat and drove through the ducts. Then again, put on a big boat, a little ride and drove to the landing site.

We boarded the bus and went back. The idea that you have to go three hours, never left me. It says parallel to the road along which we travelled into the Delta, was a toll road. And it was much faster to get to Saigon. I asked the guide how much is the toll road? He said that$ 3 and the decision to return was made. Two hours later, we were in the room and lay under the condo. When power was restored, we went to dinner.

The next day was Cu Chi. At a distance of 30 km, drive an hour and a half, it was too much.Then about an hour we watched a movie about Cu Chi. It reminded me of chronicle of the Second World war and with the same quality. Then lecture and we went out into the jungle. Crazy heat, stuffiness is not described.

Yet reached the end, you left us. We were seated in a small bus, even where it was difficult to move. Air conditioning in the car couldn't cope with all the people in the stream flowed sweat. Somehow got to the room, and again cooled under the condo. If it wasn't so hot, then maybe the experience would have been different . But we were not lucky. Stayed half a day and we have dedicated campaign in Ben tan, where he spent no more than 10 minutes and rushed out into the street. Went to Saigon square and walked around under the air conditioning. Then went to the waterfront and wandered there.

Took a ride on a public bus to Ben tan, there had supper and went to go home. In General, Saigon was like. Modern Asian city, with all its favelas and skyscrapers.Arrived at the airport early. Didn't time, but registration began in three hours and we went to register. On the Internet in Saigon to check in for the Aeroflot impossible. We have not settled the problem with an extra time of stay in Vietnam.

Approached the stand and gave a passport. She immediately looked at the stamps and sent me to the passport, to resolve this issue. I went there and on the way met two men with epaulets similar to the border guards.Told them my problem and said that he is ready to pay the fine. He silently took the passport and on the knee fixed handle figure 4 to figure 6. I went back to the counter, her fix was arranged and we were given boarding passes. At passport control, too, no problems and we happily ended up in the Duty Free area.

Saw the planting of our Aeroflot, where we will fly back to Moscow. Did not want to fly. Asia mesmerizes and doesn't want to let go. We're definitely back in Asia. I just don't know where. You still have so much we unexplored places that we will come back and come back. I'm crying about being away from you, ASIA!

PS given the Passport to the Embassy for visas. "Not long tormented the old lady...."

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Eugene May 21, 2013
What gives such a "crafty" card for Gibraltar, if not a secret?
In go better with MTS, tested, works everywhere, at least from those countries where I was. Any applications and deposits by a certain amount is required. The problem was only in Mexico, none of the phones with the SIM card MTS didn't want to be friends with the local operators. The issue resolved after a letter in the MTS, or rather two, as at first they were surprised and answered that they have an agreement with the Mexican operator, I do not remember his name, and everything should work like a problem in my phone. But I have had several phones and none of them MTS to local operators is not hooked up, but English SIM cards T-Mobile connect to the network without any problems.
After the second letter in the MTS that describes the problem, something they apparently decided to find out. It turned out that MTS just forgot to extend the contract with the Mexican operator. In the end, after a week of MTS earned. ...
admin May 21, 2013

Nothing, actually, just one of my earnings is to work remotely via the Internet, and I receive payment therefore, the other is not possible. And this card is convenient to pay because it is a dollar and conversion is directly and not by some sweeping ways of rubles into dollars and then into the national currency. And besides, no fee when paying at POS terminals, and when removing the cash Commission is charged. I pay her house everywhere in all the shops (or rather the wife with her shopping for groceries, etc.), never at home still not there for more than half a year of use, except that our vigilant sometimes sellers wife denied her admission because the card is not her (the name on the map clearly indicate gender). ...
Eugene May 21, 2013
Understandable, but still better to pay abroad some other map, with the ability to receive SMS notifications of withdrawal of money. ...
admin 31 May, 2013
About write-off in the supermarket $ 15 in Ho Chi Minh city (see above) added that until the promise has in store return never happened, even though it's been three weeks. A few days ago, I wrote to my Bank about this tranzactii, promised to contact the Bank. ...
Eugene 31 May, 2013

I'm not even surprised. Most likely a Vietnamese Bank was not going to return anything, and the store, too.
In their homespun logic You're a tourist (of course not just You), that is, the object for Nai... sorry cheating. Left and went to his North, soon following a fool...., sorry tourist will come.
Well this is Vietnam, is among Vietnamese decent people of course, but it carries with it the gene - "lie to farang" because farang to exist, as, for example, the chicken exists in order to lay eggs.
When I tried to inflate in Vietnam, selling for example instead of tea dust from Vietnamese roads, as they love to do, I always tell them that I am not a tourist, I live in Nha Trang, and if they will sell me the Boo, then I'm all tourists will say that you have a bad store, but if the tea is good, I will advertise all Russian your smelly shop. Sometimes helped. The trouble is that they are wild there, most do not understand guys either in English or in Russian. ...
admin 2 June, 2013

That is the same about solid Nai... My Bank finally returned the money today. Helped a Fax I received in the store from Vietcombank. Just wonder how they even Fax'd done nothing to return not going. In Vietnam every step necessary to keep your eyes open. But if you think that you were not pinned, so just still don't know what you got ;) . ...
Eugene 2 June, 2013
Alas, Yes, it is, though so , to be honest, maybe this is the beauty of this country. :DOWN :suicide
My friend is now in Nha Trang, today already three times called and asked what to do - paid for pictures - deducted 3 times from the card - then said that the payment failed and he is still a cache paid. Called and asked his office to check, there is a delusion - the purchase of one and the same for $ 385, and write-offs of as many as four, but the last undone for some reason.
It is very bad English and Vietnam, I advised him, now already is not convenient somehow.... ...
muzzle Sep 25, 2013

Report: Moscow - Los Angeles - 11500 Tr Direct flight, give a "Shemale"!!!
Moscow - new York is almost the same. Departures and returns on Saturdays. In November and December. For example, from 30 November to 14 December. Tickets are only visible on the aggregators. Expedia and Skyscanner!.... ...
admin 25 September, 2013

Not only Expedia or Skyscanner!, we have all too visible ;) , 11675R. now. Beauty, sorry no and visas :CRY . ...
muzzle Sep 25, 2013

Yes, I was just for example, have these aggregators. If not bought tickets for the November to Sao Paulo, it just would have flown away!!!! ...