Vietnam on the Real Cheap!
Hi everyone, we are off again on another trip around Asia. This time the exchange rate is in our favour – in Vietnam we are getting 22,000 dong to the AUD. When we first started coming to Vietnam in 2003 we were getting 11,000 dong to the AUD! Everything is now so incredibly cheap now. A special hello to Tebby and Brian in Mexico, and Robyn and Gene who should be in Thailand by now. Sorry we have been so remote in the last couple of months but we have run into very serious trouble with what is left of our investments – we now have a rogue fund manager who is shredding us and the regulators will do nothing about it, and after 2 years in the Federal Court we have only just reached step one in our class action. God knows what’s going to happen. Any way we are trying to make the best of this trip as it will be our last for some time.
After an unremarkable “cattle class” Jetstar flight Sydney to Saigon via the holding pens in Darwin, we arrived late at night at the new Saigon terminal.
Saigon is hot but mostly dry. Stayed in the Lan Anh hotel for the last time – we found a better one off De Tham Street with a small pool for $20. We shopped and toured all the regular restaurants, did a Sheraton buffet and was surprised to see that Quan An Ngon has reopened in 4 storey splendour. While Rob had a violent bout of food poisoning for a night after seafood fried rice, we can still recommend the restaurant. There is even a Subway outlet now in Pham Ngam Lao. Beers are cheap at under $0.50 AUD a glass.
Took a Sinh Tourist bus to Nha Trang, where we stayed 1 week in Phu Quy 2 (booked on Agoda for $23AUD) and found the Than Sang Hotel a few doors up, where we have a large room on the 11th floor with panoramic views of the bay and town for $18.95AUD. It also has a pool on the 12th floor.
Nha Trang has really developed with many more restaurants and bars. In between swimming at Lousianne pool and at the beach, we have spent our time stuffing our faces on seafood, Mexican, Italian, French,
Cattle Class!Spanish, Indian and Vietnamese food. Everything is cheap – Baileys is $10.74AUD a bottle, French wines $6 and beers $0.50 – and that’s not duty free, it is just the 7/11 store prices!
We are here for another week then off to Hoi An by train on 31st for a week or more then on to Hanoi and China.