Now that was a sleep, almost 10hrs. After a lazy morning Kim and I went down for breakfast. And the hotel put on a good spread. They had everything from bacon&eggs to noodles. I smashed the bananas, haven't had them for so long, since the cyclones in QLD. Looking forward to breakfast tomorrow!
We didn't start too well today with our walking. After kim was helped by a fella to buy some water because the vendor couldn't speak English, she was only a girl maybe 11. We walked in the wrong direction from the hotel. We were ducking down nice little streets in and out of the crazy traffic. A lot more cars this time heaps of taxis and luxury fwd's even saw a yellow f430. The cars make it harder to cross the streets they can't swerve around you like the bikes can. There were so many little cool shops everywhere I just wanted to stop and eat in all of them. But also a strip of fancy schmancy shops. We found a river and just headed north. Then we came across a fairly easy road name (yassie) and by chance it lead us close to the palace.
To be honest I had no idea which way I was pointing for most of the day. The map we have is a touristy map not that detailed at all. The palace positioning on the map had the building facing the wrong way which was throwing me out big time.
Never mind we had a massive walk saw the palace, after it closed for a hour at 12:00, I'm guessing for lunch. Stopped and rested in a lot of parks. Got my hair cut for a buck and found a Nikon shop and bought a battery for the camera. We Booked a Cu Chi tunnels tour for tomorrow, and our bus trip to Dalat for 180,000d under 9 dollars, for 6-8hr trip on Friday so it was a productive 7hr walk.
Back to the palace after a chap named Andy walked us there, it was massive inside probably like most palaces A. Had a very sixties design about it. There massive rooms and big open windows. Lost count of all the sitting rooms. The basement was cool it was a bunker set up long narrow concrete corridors, radio and map rooms. The rooftop was great there was a ball room which opened up to the paved roof which had a great view of the gardens a the tree tops of the surrounding parks.
The sun was getting low when we left the palace, we walked through another park and made our way back to the hotel, for a shower and to find that the back of my neck is burnt like a tomato. Then had a bit of a lie down before dinner.
We had dinner at a place called Pho Paris. The waiter was very helpful with choosing what Kim and I should eat. The place was very modern restaurant with 3 floors. Dinning ground floor, cocktail lounge 1st floor and the 2nd floor had a sort of lounge/dinning with an outdoor terrace. The food was great and still cheap around ten bucks with 6 drinks, it was a very relaxing meal.
Back in the room for a early night and some much needed rest. A Big day of crawling through some tunnels tomorrow.