4th March – Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City Crazy ferry crossing

So no off road today we set off around the coast stopping for the  last fish lunch

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Eels
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Lobster
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Octopus

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Nice selection on offer !

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River crossing no real order you just all rush in !
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It only takes about 10 minutes to cross

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It’s all very friendly

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Crossing over the river into HO CHI MINH by ferry

So we arrived 2000KM On Off Road through the most beautiful country experiencing amazing hospitality, fantastic food and with No accidents!!

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Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.

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Claire with Hung celebrating the arrival
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Final stop in HO CHI MINH
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Well done Wayne and Claire

From the finest of hotels to the cheapest of guesthouses, the classiest of restaurants to the tastiest of street stalls, the choicest of boutiques to the scrum of the markets, HCMC is a city of energy and discovery.
Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before negotiating chic designer malls beneath sleek 21st-century skyscrapers. The ghosts of the past live on in buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but now the real beauty of the former Saigon’s urban collage is the seamless blending of these two worlds into one exciting mass.

The city now known as Ho Chi Minh City  or Saigon (its antecedent), has gone by several different names during its history, reflecting settlement by different ethnic, cultural and political groups. Originally known as Prey Nôkôr while a part of the Khmer Empire, it came to be dubbed Sài Gòn informally by Vietnamese settlers fleeing the Trịnh–Nguyễn War to the north. In time, control of the city and the area passed to the Vietnamese, who gave the city the name of Gia Định. This name remained until the time of French conquest in the 1860s, when the occupying force adopted the name Saïgon for the city, a westernized form of the traditional Vietnamese name.The current name was given after the Fall of Saigon in 1975, and honors Hồ Chí Minh, the first leader of North Vietnam.Even today, however, the informal name of Sài Gòn remains in daily speech both domestically and internationally, especially among the Vietnamese diaspora and local southern Vietnamese.

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Roof top view from the bar

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Gin and tonics all round

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Drinks on the roof top

 

 

A big thank you to RAMS ADVENTURES

http://www.rams-adventures.co.uk

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Dave, Leah, Docter Dan From RAMS

and Hung Victor  Tingh Yop and Mr Dai and also a few others from the Vietnam team

and of course the Vietnam people

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