Vikki: Madness is probably the easiest way to explain Ho Chi Minh. It's chaotic with motorbikes and cars, hot & humid, and people and street stalls everywhere. Wow so different from Malaysia in many ways. The craziest thing is crossing the roads, you just walk out and cars and motorbikes drive around you - just don't stop what ever you do! We did a day trip to the Mekong Delta today, slow driving on the roads, but had a great time when we got there, experiencing the floating market, seeing some of the local snacks made (which we then bought lots of), going on river boats etc. Most surprised by the lack of bugs and mossies (everywhere) which is a blessing for Anouk, as they just love her. Had my first real coffee, best one since I've left NZ and right up there in terms of taste and quality. Couldn't have asked for better and made me realise how much I've missed them. Book marked that cafe in my memory banks and will be visiting it lots while in Vietnam!
Raj: The place is definitely alive and crazy with motorbikes and people (7.5 million, apparently growing to 14 million by 2025 - I wouldn't want to be here then!). There's a constant buzz. At night the streets really come alive with neon lights and late night shops open for business to serve the many locals and tourists. The food's a bit different from the recent Malay we've had, and what the kids don't finish I do. What's also interesting is the attention Harley and Anouk attract - from both men and women. The locals adore them, particularly Harley. At the local bakery where we go for breakfast, his fan base has grown from 2 to 4 girls in 2 days. He completely dislikes the attention, and I've tried to explain in a couple of years if girls continue to show the same interest he'll be a lucky guy. That's my boy!
Harley: Today we went on a trip to the Mekong Delta, a river 4,800km long which passes through 6 countries. We visited a local craft market and saw how to make popped rice, rice paper and coconut candy. We tried all the snacks, and the coconut candy was my favourite.
Anoushka: My friend Amy bought some coconut candy to school last year after she visited Vietnam. I tried the coconut candy today and it tasted the same. It is a toffee and takes a long time to is really chew. We bought a packet to have later because we all really liked it. We also had lunch on our trip and I saw a huge python.
Today on the Raj Factor: While on the bus down to the Mekong Delta, Raj tried to adjust the air conditioning for him and Harley. Now we are talking about a 2 1/2 hour bus trip here, and it was hot even with the air-con going. Constant muttering could be heard throughout the journey, about how hot it was, and that it seemed to have got hotter. About 10 min before we arrived at our destination, Raj finally worked out he had turned the control the the wrong way and had actually shut it off for nearly the entire journey. Poor Harley, as he had said to Raj a couple of times he thought it was off but dad ignored him!