After uninspired weeks and busy days of scrolling facebook, I am now writing. This journey seemed to be full of lucky 7, from 7 excited travelers, 7 flights, 7 accommodations, to tempted but stick to only 7kgs of hand-carry baggage.
I probably ranked first in getting all-in lowest airfare for Php8420. As for accommodation, We could have stayed in hostels and spent less but we all deserve a decent sleep. Most hotels I picked are new and none of my companions complained. The seven nights cost us Php5820. It could have been lower due to “Book Now Pay Later” that I have not taken into account.
With so many drafts, I managed to create an itinerary for our trip. This is a must for me whenever I travel outside the country. By now, you realized I am from Philippines.
Night 1: Saturday
Starting on saturday night, we flew from Manila via Cebu Pacific and arrived the next day to Ho Chi Minh. We exchanged our USD to their VND just enough for a ride to hotel. Grab is available at Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. All airports have wifi. We booked two cars to hotel, had a smooth check-in and went outside for a quick Pho.
Few vietnamese speak English. We had a hard time communicating with them, so much that we were charged for effing tissue and tea that we felt fooled. We went back to hotel to sleep. By the way, the room is new, big and clean.
Day 1: Sunday
We woke up and had our free breakfast. Those two breakfast at the hotel were the only decent breakfast we had on our entire trip. We went for a walk to change our money and booked a 7-seater GrabCar to Ben Duoc for Cu Chi Tunnel. Gladly, the driver offered his service to return us back to hotel for the same price. My brother enjoyed the experience much. We were the first to follow the tour guide as we went inside different tunnels. I only knew about Vietnam War through Forrest Gump. Their strategies to fight are impressive.
Going back to the city, we stopped at Ben Thanh Street Food Market for late lunch. I enjoyed eating in Vietnam. They are leading in the search of best spring rolls, Indochina edition, though they were left behind in building structures and skyscrapers.
After a quick rest, we explored the city. The attractions are near the hotel, so we walked starting from Reunification Palace, Notre-Dam Basilica, Saigon City Hall, Saigon Square to Ben Thanh Night Market. Their assets are sticky rice, noodles, coffee and teas.
Ending the night, my friend and I looked for a coffee shop. The one we entered was exceptionally loud and full of bees. To our dismay, we decided to leave and drink at the hotel instead. The next morning, we’re ready to fly.