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    The neighborhood multinationals were still there

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    But local noodle shops can't be beat price wise
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    More food pics

    Bun Bo Xao = noodles with stir fried beef
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    That was 40k dong @ Ben Thanh market
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    Hotel breakfast. Yes, it's a lot but I need the energy, being a tourist is tiring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Paid my respects at the local temple




    Snail vendor


    He's got the crabs

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    The neighborhood multinationals were still there







    But local noodle shops can't be beat price wise
    Ooops out of order - sorry Katie

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    More food pics

    Bun Bo Xao = noodles with stir fried beef


    That was 40k dong @ Ben Thanh market


    Hotel breakfast. Yes, it's a lot but I need the energy, being a tourist is tiring.
    .....

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    Trung Nguyen coffee - was finishing my dong Also had a/c and free WiFi

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    Hope you enjoyed the show. Cam on! (Viet for Thank You)
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    Thanks to all who will reposted/ have reposted. Cheers!

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    God i'm craving some noodle soup...pot noodle just ain't going to cut it

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Trung Nguyen coffee - was finishing my dong Also had a/c and free WiFi



    Hope you enjoyed the show. Cam on! (Viet for Thank You)


    Thanks to all who will reposted/ have reposted. Cheers!
    .....

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    That's the MacD on Rama 2...

    Some lovely food pictures; I'd better make sure the wife doesn't see this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    I'd better make sure the wife doesn't see this thread.
    K'23 has certainly shown that Vietnam should be visited and enjoyed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    I'd better make sure the wife doesn't see this thread.
    K'23 has certainly shown that Vietnam should be visited and enjoyed.

    A photo I purchased from a Hanoi shop:

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    ^Beautiful photo. Especially if it was genuine street photography. It does not look staged.

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    ^
    We must like similar eye candy

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    ^that was probably an old photo (maybe until 2000s?) Nowadays, women wear the traditional costume only for work/ office or special occasions. Now when they go out, they dress like this:

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    ^that was in Hue, by the Perfume River

    Or dress like this, when in Hoi An
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    ^she was a pretty Viet lady but I wasn't able to photograph her face, sorry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^that was probably an old photo (maybe until 2000s?) Nowadays, women wear the traditional costume only for work/ office or special occasions. Now when they go out, they dress like this:


    ^that was in Hue, by the Perfume River

    Or dress like this, when in Hoi An

    ^she was a pretty Viet lady but I wasn't able to photograph her face, sorry...
    .....Nice to see no Tatts - kin hate them

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    Re: costs, one could travel in Vietnam on a small or large budget - it's up to you. Sometimes our meals were 140k dong (~7USD) for 2 ppl, sometimes we splurged a bit and it reached 500-600k dong (~25 to 30 USD). Our hotels ranged from 18-40 USD, mostly 3 star hotels (one was an apartment/ Condo style).

    This trip was done in 10 days and we visited 5 cities: Hanoi, Hue, Danang, Hoi An and Saigon. (Well, 11 days if counting the flight back, which was a late night flight and arrived in the morning. ) It was a bit rushed and we were travelling or changing hotels every 2 or 3 days. I'd have liked to do it for a longer time, but my friend and I had to budget our leave credits, time and $$!

    This trip was similar to my trip around Taiwan (5 cities in 11 days) and the KL-Vientiane-Thailand-Myanmar trip that I did some years before. In those trips, I set a fast pace too, and was moving every 2 or 3 days.

    In future, maybe I'll set a more leisurely pace and just visit 1 or 2 cities in a week. I think I'm getting too old for hectic travelling (heh!) - unless one joins a tour group. But then I prefer DIY travelling than being in large tour groups. I also enjoy reading and researching about places, before making my itinerary.

    There are still loads of photos (like bonus tracks or the DVD issue) but I don't want to make this thread too long. If I have time, I'll add more pics. Cheers!

    Edit: to the one who asked if I visited Halong Bay, no I didn't, since it was a 3-4 hour bus ride from Hanoi and my friend and I didn't feel like doing it. Maybe next time. I'd like to visit Saigon again soon, because I saw my aunt and she looked very frail and wasn't very mobile. The end might be near for her...
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    Well done Katie, more is appreciated and yes you do seem to give yourself a busy time of it.

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