Zooming Around Saigon

We can’t believe that we’ve been home from our trip for 3 weeks already. Where does the time go? Our trip was good with the usual highs and lows that come with traveling in the developing world. Over the next week we’ll share with you some photos from our time away. First up are photos from our time in Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City, which was our first stop Vietnam. We were there for 2 days, learning how to cross the street with all of the crazy traffic and trying to figure out how the heck you say thank you in Vietnamese. In the end we never got it right!

We hope you enjoy these photos. On Monday we’ll share pics from Phu Quoc Island.

xo

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Uncle Ho watching over all the tourists in the Saigon Post Office

Where should we go next?The delectable Vietnamese iced coffee. Roger was addicted!The crazy electrical wires running everywhere made us smileThis was our view when we had our breakfasts at our hotel in Saigon.
Out of our whole time in Veitnam our favourite experience was taking the XO Foodie Tour that the lovely Carrie & Phil recommended to us. (Thanks, guys!) We went on our first night in Saigon which happened to be Valentine’s Day. We spent the evening zooming around Saigon on the back of scooters stopping at different stalls to eat amazing food. Our first stop was for some noodle soup that was not Pho. I really wish I’d written down the name of it. It was a delicious beef soup with a lemon grass broth. Mmmm.

We had our soup in this little alley way in the old quarter of Saigon We loved being a part of the crazy traffic
Stop # 2 on the Foodie TourThis little cutie came over to check out the foreignersHe even blew us kisses! Isn’t he adorable?

Okra & goat breast on the BBQMmm shrimp on the BBQ!All of the tour guides with XO Tours were so so lovelyThe last stop on the foodie tour where we had razor clams, crabs & scallops. Throughout our whole trip in Vietnam we often saw people eating various sized snails. The kitchen at the food stallSome of the guys on our tour bravely ate eggs that had duck embryos inside. Eek!He ate the whole thing, beak and all, if you can believe it!The scallops were so goodWe had so much on that tour that we ended up taking their Saigon by day tour the next morning. Zooommm!!!This lady made the most delicious waffles in her little portable kitchenWahoo!!
It was amazing seeing what the Vietnamese can carry on the back of a scooter!The moving memorial to Thich Quang Doc, a buddist monk who lit himself on fire to protest against persecution by the Vietnamese government. The memorial is at the intersection where it happened. It was great to stop and have a delicious cooling treat during the heat of the morning.

Our last stop on the tour was the beautiful Thien Hau Temple.

These incense spirals burn for one week bringing good luck.After the tour we went out for lunch and with pointing and gesturing at a restaurant, we ended up ordering way too much food.For our last evening in Saigon we went up to the roof top bar of the Rex HotelWhere we had some overpriced beers
And enjoyed the view& their pretty lanterns

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  • Phil

    on March 30, 2012  1:46 pm

    Looks like you guys had such an awesome time!

    Looking forward to seeing more photos!

    • holly

      on April 2, 2012  11:16 am

      Thanks, Phil! We did have a good time.