• Cambodia,  Vietnam

    Crossing the Borders and Mekong River

    10/07/2010 Nowadays there are many buses, night and day, operated between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Siem Reap (SR). It took 6 hours to go from HCMC to Pnomh Penh (PP) and plus 6 hours to SR. We decided to take Mekong Express (in the day time) based on people recommendation in internet. It is the first bus company that operates HCMC – SR route, so the buses were considered old but I believe they were more professional and experienced. Our hotel in HCMC offered this bus ticket for $25 per person, but we could get $20 from other tour agent. We waited in the tour agent office, to…

  • Ho Chi Minh City,  Vietnam

    Horrible Tour

    09/07/2010 Today we woke up early because we took a full day tour to Cu Chi Tunnel and Cao Dai Temple start on 8 am. Mrs Vu (the hotel owner) booked the tour for us which costs $8. FYI, do not book any tour via online, usually it’s much expensive than the usual price, better approaching travel agents directly once you arrive in HCMC. Cu Chi tour half day should be around $5, Mekong Delta 1 day tour is around $7 and City tour is around $10. After breakfast, Mrs Vu gave me the receipt, and I spotted that she’d booked us for half day tour to Cu Chi Tunnel…

  • Ho Chi Minh City,  Vietnam

    Going Around Ho Chi Minh City

    08/07/2010 Today I woke up late almost 9.30 am due to world cup and holiday mode on. Hurry up going downstairs to catch the breakfast that lasted til 10 am. Our day plan was easy and relax, walking around the city to visit landmark buildings of Ho Chi Minh City. We didn’t take any tour (which usually costs around $10), we went around by ourselves: War Remnant Museum, Reunification Palace, Notredame Church, Post Office building, Opera House, People Committee Hall, and Revolutionary Museum. That way we could go anywhere we wanted, and total costs we spent not even $5. One funny thing when we went to War Remnant Museum by cab,…

  • Ho Chi Minh City,  Vietnam

    Greetings from Saigon

    Yesterday morning I was still in Singapore. I called and got taxi to office around 9.30 am when taxi fare was not in Peak-hour anymore, which was less expensive. I put my luggage in the receptionist, then went upstairs to my workstation for working half day. I didn’t expect much works to do, I’d already sniffed the smell of holiday. But the universe stated otherwise. Don’t you feel that every time you’re going on leave, suddenly there are many things to be done? From office, the hectic madness moved to Changi Airport. Ok, this is not something you should try. Me and my friend had Tiger Airways tickets without check-in…