Gentle 2nd Day in HCM City

No major events today.  Enjoyed breakfast, then relaxing by the pool, reading, watching the world go by. Sat in the lounge area to watch more of the world go by, and later we went for the Hotel’s Sunday brunch, which seemed quite the event, with people coming in from outside all dressed up, friends, families etc.  Great selection which included lobster, crab, oysters, shrimp, made to order pizza, made to order pasta, local dishes, and some amazing deserts ! Of course, we ate ours in world record time, and were soon on our way 😂😂

A gentle stroll out in the afternoon to pick up snacks etc, then back to the hotel.

We have enjoyed this hotel.  Extremely nice staff, good service, good food, nice room.  I’d recommend it.

As we were flying the next morning, we retired somewhat early ready for the next day.

First day in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh

We woke fairly early, mainly as a result of the 4 hour time difference to Sydney.  We wandered down for breakfast, which was buffet style.  It was very good, and the service is very attentive.

There are beautiful flowers everywhere, some beautiful furniture, and some beautiful art.  It really sets the scene for what a nice hotel this is.

So, we headed out.  The Notre Dame cathedral and Saigon post office building are right next to each other, so we aimed that way, stopping by the Opera House (where some couples were getting their wedding photos taken).  Beautiful day out there !

Traffic is busy, although I have seen worse in other places.  I think it just seems very busy because of the sheer numbers of motorbikes, scooters and mopeds, often carrying 3/4 people.  We got to the post office and decided to take the bus tour.  I enjoyed it, as it gave us a good flavour of the city and for £18/$25 or so for the two of us, I thought it was priced ok.  You can actually hop on and hop off if you want, but we chose to just stay on and enjoy the ride (which has a commentary if you can take the music that goes with it ☺️☺️).

It’s an interesting city, with lots of old, lots of new both mixed in with each other, French influence, Chinese influence, and lots of parks.  I like it.  It’s almost unrecognisable from my last visit here back in 1993/1994.

Anyway, the tour ended back at the Post Office where we started, so we got off and went inside.  It’s a beautiful building, and inside dominated by the giant hall and the huge picture of Ho himself on the wall.

Time for a little souvenir shopping, and then we strolled back to our hotel.  It was a good day.

Valentines Day Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

We were up in reasonable time, to take a peek out of the window, and see the giant cruise ship had gone, to be replaced by a smaller one.  Weather wasn’t bad, despite some threat of a storm apparently approaching.

Anyway, we checked out and waited in the lobby for our ride to the airport.  This is a nice hotel, and for us, well placed in the city.

Drive up to airport was relatively quick at just 30 odd minutes, and we were soon checking in for our Vietnam Airlines flight to Ho Chi Minh city.  Under normal circumstances, I probably would have avoided Vietnam Airlines, but I was familiar with the airline from my AerCap days and knew it would be pretty good.  It was on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner too, although not very full I have to say.  Nice as a passenger.

Quick visit to the lounge and we were soon on our way.

service was good, food was good, loos/toilets were clean, we arrived early, what more could you ask ?

Immigration was straightforward (although US citizens need a visa which we got for Betsy, UK citizens do not), baggage collection was fairly quick, and we were soon on our way through the traffic, and 55,000 mopeds/scooters, heading to our hotel. We are staying at the Park Hyatt Saigon which is a very nice hotel.

Quick bite in our room and then off to bed.