Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2 days) – Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd February 2015

Ho Chi Minh City formerly named Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of more than 9 million people. There are beautiful colonial buildings lining the streets but the lasting impression is the thousands of motorbikes that fill the roads.

Sunday 22nd – Early Morning Techie bits …here they are:
Time: 07:13
Location: 10.37 north, 106.50 east
Speed: 10 knots
Temp: 24c/75f
Distance from Sihanoukville: 401 nms
Distance to Ho Chi Minh City: 11 nms
Humidity: 87%
Sunrise: 06:10
Sunset: 18:01
Winds: 6mph from East

We intended to take the shuttle into Union Square at 10:30 but there was a small delay as the gangway got stuck…this provided some entertainment for a while with everyone suggesting solutions to the problem, including ‘hit it with a hammer’ and ‘jump up and down on it’ (this was mine) …but we were on our way by 11:00. From Union Square we walked to the huge Cho Ben Thanh covered market.

We have been here before and got some good bargains so we were soon walking up and down the aisles haggling over everything we wanted to buy. But wow it was so humid in there.

I Scream You Scream...Ice Cream Party

I Scream You Sceam…Ice Cream Party

Click Here For More Photos

This evening we were given Oscar competition forms…we had to select our winners for all 24 awards – hope I win (again) but the selections are more difficult this year …still fingers crossed.

Monday 23rd – Lots of guests have gone off on more tours this morning as we do not leave until 16:00 this evening so once again we can enjoy the pool deck virtually to ourselves. Hope none of the tours are late back as today we have to leave on time due to the tides…hate to see anyone left behind…!!

There was an ice cream sail away party while we watched the Captain and the pilot spin the ship virtually on the spot so we could sail back down the delta. We only just got under the main road bridge due to the tide levels…we only cleared it by 2-3 metres, but it looked much closer than that when we were standing there looking up…phew, very impressive…

Hey Captain..This Is Close

Hey Captain..This Is Close