First day, and we're are so excited!
So we just got to Ho Chi Minh City and the culture shock is already incredible! Just so everyone knows before you leave for Vietnam, you not only need a VALID CANADIAN PASSPORT, but you also need a Visa, regardless if it is for business, pleasure, or as a student.
We actually took a bus from Ho Chi Minh City, but we saw a lot of different types of transportation like; taxis, motorcycles, cyclos, and you can even take a boat if you need to.
It's a good thing we converted our Canadian Dollars to Vietnamese Dongs, because we asked our bus driver if he took Canadian currency and he said he didn't. It's also a good thing that Downnie can understand a little bit of Vietnam's official language; Vietnamese, because I think the driver was giving us a hard time. I do have to tell you all that the people have been very welcoming, and kind.
We also wanted to do a little bit of shopping so we went to District 1, we bought a bunch of designer stuff on Dong Khoi Street, but we also found a lot of great bargains!. We all went a little mad and bought a bunch souvenirs like those conical Vietnamese Hats and fans. I bought a few meters of gorgeous silk, and a few trinkets made of bamboo.
It doesn't seem like we've done a lot, but we are extremely exhausted. We will write of our adventures soon!
Here's a quick fact list:
The weather is pretty tropical, and the monsoon season in the north, which makes the weather hot, and rainy from mid-May to mid-September, and pretty warm, dry season from mid-October to mid-March. Sometimes there are typhoons that can cause flooding, so make sure to check the weather frequently before you leave.
Population: About 78 Million People
Flag: The flag of Vietman is red with a large yellow five-pointed star in the center.
Shop Hours: Shops run from 7 or 8am to 11 or 11:30pm. Some are open from 1 or 2pm to 4 or 5pm.
Bank Hours: Most banks are opened from 7am or 8am to 11am or 11:30am Some are open from 1pm or 2pm to 4pm or 5pm.
Things to say:
Greetings - Chao ong (ba)
How are you? - Ong (ba) co khoe khong?
Fine, thanks - Cam on rat tot