Monday, February 18, 2013

Day 44 - Ho Chi Minh City

We were originally booked on a 7 hour tour called "Cu Chi Tunnels & Fruit Gardens," but after seeing slides on it in Sandra's presentation 2 days ago, we decided to cancel.  This was a tour Ray had originally wanted more than me, but once he saw the preview, he didn't want to see it either.  He knew enough about the North Vietnamese tunnel network when he was here during the war, and said it sounded like they had made it too touristy.  We're glad we didn't go because everyone we spoke to who went on this tour yesterday had negative comments. 

There were no other tours that interested us here so today was another restful day.  I went to get my hair cut and did a load of laundry while most other passengers were off the ship and there was very little competition.  There was a little market set up on the pier for locals to sell stuff and I went out this afternoon to browse and pick up some souvenirs.   It's now a little after 3pm. All aboard is at 3:30pm and we are scheduled to set sail at 4pm.  Sunset is around 6pm and we should be just leaving the Saigon river around that time.  We are going to order dinner in our room so we can enjoy the sail away and sunset and still eat early the way we like to.  If I get any good sunset photos I'll post one tomorrow.  We will be at sea all day tomorrow on our way to Da Nang.
Ray on balcony as we leave Saigon. Bridge in background is only 2.5 yrs old

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