Today we started our day in Siem Reap, Cambodia and are ending it in Saigon, Vietnam! We boarded our plane for the lengthy 45 minute flight to Saigon this morning at 10 am. Upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely 31 degrees Celsius. Once getting into the airport we needed to apply for a re-entry visa which took a little time, however it went faster than we all expected! Saigon has a population of 8 million people making it busier than Northern Vietnam. We were all very pleased to arrive at another amazing hotel, Harmony Hotel. The major highlight of this hotel is the fact that the entire wall between the bathroom and the bedroom is made of glass. None of us had ever experienced this before, so it was quite entertaining. After arrival at the hotel we had a nice break before embarking on our adventure to the Ben Thanh Market. In Vietnam the streets are very busy, so crossing is tricky. Mopeds, cars, and buses line the streets from building to building so when crossing you must move at a slow enough pace so that they may maneuver around you. We encountered this while following Thai to the market during rush hour traffic. The Ben Thanh Market is the main market in the vicinity with over 10,000 visitors a day. The goods sold here range from seafood to shoes. It gave us yet another chance to try out our bartering skills. After the market visit, we went to dinner at a local restaurant where we enjoyed yet another Vietnamese feast. Then it was back to the hotel to prepare for our journeys tomorrow.
Erin Christenson and Lea Puckett