Tokyo, December 2009
After a thousand-year long struggle, I reclaimed my space from the encroacher.
Visa on arrival process at Vietnam airports is pretty smooth. Of course, there will be an additional wait time at the airport for your application to be processed. Hanoi stay was at the Flower Garden Hotel, 46 Nguyễn Trường Tộ. The room was very comfortable, fairly deluxe in amenities, courteous staff, fabulous breakfast spread and located … Continue reading Vietnam Diaries – Epilogue
Our last day at Saigon involves a relaxing morning breakfast before we head to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Saigon. Immigration is smooth and we pick up some local chocolates at the duty free shop. Our flight is a bit late and we land in Kuala Lumpur around 5pm local time. Malaysia is one … Continue reading Vietnam Diaries Day 7 – Back Home
It is the end of our stay in Vietnam. The day is spent trying out the hotel's steam bath and generally wandering around Saigon. Saigon's streets are fun and easy to walk on, even when occasionally encroached by food stalls and motorbikes in peak hours. They run in a grid like system and the crossings … Continue reading Vietnam Diaries Day 6 – Last Day in Saigon
The traveller wakes up late after last evenings new year hangout. He heads out for a half day city tour that had been pre arranged. Now, all of the tour stops were within walking distance of our hotel, unbeknownst to us earlier. But it was good to have our tour guide nevertheless, and transit in … Continue reading Vietnam Diaries Day 5 – Saigon 2018
On the last day of 2017, the traveller and his compadre catch a flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The airport is packed with year-end travellers. The Vietjet flight is just a few minutes late and we reach Saigon around noon, just in time for lunch - smoked chicken and some craft … Continue reading Vietnam Diaries Day 4 – Transit and New Year in Saigon