We got our bus this morning for our 6 and a half hour journey into Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The bus was one of the better ones we have caught during the trip, we got handed some water as we got on and as it was really quiet we got two seats each.
After about 3 hours we arrived at the border, we already had our visas so the rest of the process didn't take very long. We got off the bus and had to walk into a building where they scanned our bags (the previous two boarders we've crossed they've been more interested in the money in our wallet instead of what's in our bag) and checked our passports for the visas. We've started to dread this process but it was relatively painless, once complete we got back on the bus and continued the journey.
When we arrived in Ho Chi Minh we started by getting cash, 4.8 million Dong from a HSBC machine (£175). We then did the usual scouting round for the best value accommodation we could find. After being quoted prices we couldn't afford, we bumped into a Japanese couple who asked us if they could help. They offered to show us where they were staying and as it was much cheaper than anywhere else we had found, we gladly followed them and checked ourselves in.
The first thing that hits you about this city is how busy it is, the roads are crazy and you feel like you're risking your life every time you cross the road. Fortunately the temperatures are much cooler than anywhere else we've been (26 to 31 degrees), so that makes walking around a little easier.
We set off that evening, trying to find the local market, after risking our life walking for about 15 minutes in the wrong direction, we headed back to our street for some tea and watched the motorbikes squeal by. Realising walking around this city could be impossible we thought we've reconsider the market tomorrow.
Tom had been wanting to get a tailored suit made for a while now, as there were loads of tailors on our street we went into a few to price it up. Once we chose one we were happy with, Tom (with no fashion sense and little knowledge what is bad/good material) selected which fabric and style he wanted and the girl took his measurements. The jacket, trousers, shirt and tie will be ready to collect tomorrow, so hopefully we can get it posted home before we leave Ho Chi Minh.