Our stay in Saigon was quick but awesome. We spent the whole day after our night bus exploring the sites of the city - incl. the Reunification Palace and war museums. It's a huge city but we really liked it, almost as much as Hanoi - not quite though. The area we stayed had tonnes of bars including a Guns N Roses bar, which despite the music was slightly disappointing especially as the prices for drinks were triple the price of any restaurant!
We took a visit out to the Cu Chi tunnels on our second day in Saigon. It was incredible to see how the Viet Cong used the tunnels during the war. They must have been absolutely tiny because the sections we went through were small but had been widened for westerners to fit in (we all look huge to them as they keep reminding me)!! In total there are three levels going down 15m, which must have no air despite the constructed ventilation pipes, and they used trapdoors to get between the levels. How they navigated them is a mystery. I was amazed (and quite disturbed) by them!
Then we moved onto the Mekong Delta. We spent a day on a bit of a tourist trail around the area, where we were ferried around by tourist boats and a guide but it was interesting to see some of the islands.
We spent a couple of days at My Tho on the Mekong Delta. For the first time we managed to experience being the only Westerners in a town, it was excellent! Everyone thought we were hilarious and kept giggling, waving and saying hello. All the Vietnamese ladies were very taken with Pug (they were flirting uncontrollably! haha!)- I think they were fascinated by his blonde hairy legs and arms because they kept touching them!! It was abit strange really and his ego is now three times the size.
Once leaving My Tho we had to get to Chau Doc, which is a border town for getting to Cambodia. Despite our initial panic that we weren't going to get there (due to some very helpful but scare mongering Vietnamese ladies who were helping us get to the bus station but kept warning us about getting on the correct bus - "If it doesn't have Chau Doc written on it DO NOT GET ON! Listen to us or you'll be in trouble!") we had one of the most entertaining bus journies so far. We travelled to Chau Doc with lots of locals, and cockrels. They were all the most friendly and helpful Vietnamese we met to date and made sure we left the country with a much more positive attitude than we were going to beforehand. There were a couple of ladies on the bus with a toddler, who was fascinated by us (scared by Pug!). The ladies kept giggling and joking while the toddler was grinning and blowing kisses at me.
On reaching Chau Doc we arranged our boat to cross the border and get us to Phenom Penh - where we are now. So far Cambodia is excellent, although I'm already starting to get a bit girly and upset over the tragic history and we haven't visited the Killing Fields yet.
P.S. Thanks to everyone for all the messages on our board! Keep them coming! x