Breakfast was the strangest thing, I can’t believe the Vietnamese actually eat curry & rice in the morning. I just stuck to good old toast with butter, at least I think that’s what it was, you can never be too sure really. 😕
We went back up to our room for a bit, Jess had a newcomer in her room, she’s a South African woman called Lucia, with a massive suitcase and in her late 30’s.. We think? Katie stayed in to sleep, me and Jess went out about 2 o'clock, we had a walk around the city, trying to dodge the traffic, but it’s definitely not as busy today, probably because it’s a Saturday?
We went to the Bitexco financial tower, Ho Chi Minh’s tallest sky scraper, Vietnam’s 3rd tallest building. It has a shopping centre in the first 2 floors, some offices and a pictures and food court upstairs. Then you can visit the observation deck, where you can see the whole of Ho Chi Minh City, on the 49th floor. There’s also a restaurant & bar and Vietnam’s first helipad above on the 52nd floor, it’s strong enough to hold a helicopter under 3 tonnes of weight.
We then decided to go to the pictures to see pitch perfect 2 it seems ridiculous really that we’re all the way in Vietnam and went to the pictures but, although it’s a big city, there’s not much to see here, apart from people sitting crossed legged on the floor, cooking rice and noodles, the inside market that made me want to be sick and the unbelievable life threatening traffic. So the pictures seemed like a good idea and it was until we realised that we had to meet our tour at the hotel at 6pm and the film didn’t finish until then 😳 we tried to get a taxi back but got turned away for some reason or another, I’m not quite sure.
So off we go, me and Jess running through 35 degree heat, trying not to die whilst crossing the roads, not quite sure of the way back but we managed to find it after about 20 minutes. Finally we enter the room for our tour and we’re greeted by Katie, Lucia and our tour leader, Charles. That’s it, the 5 of us, I was a bit shocked, I expected there to be more of us but on the plus side, there are more people joining us in a few weeks, which will be good I guess.
We all went out to dinner🍴 our tour leader took us to a local restaurant, I tried some noodle dish🍜 I wasn’t quite sure to be honest, but it was nice. We had a few drinks🍸 and Marc from last night met us in there, also Jess’s friend Jacob is working in Vietnam as an English teacher met us with his friend Lance, Lucia and Charles went back to the hotel, Marc went back as well he’s going to Thailand tomorrow, we’re gonna try and meet up with him whilst we’re there in a few weeks.
We stayed out and found a weird outside crowed bar, it was strange, we was sat on them little plastic chairs that kids have and there was a tiny little wooden table that was literally only big enough to fit like 3 beers 🍻 on it, we was all huddled up, in the street, sweating hot. It’s funny what situations you end up in when you’re experiencing all these different cultures. It just opens your eyes I suppose.