“Every new beginning, you will discover something wonderful you didn’t expect”
It’s my first time to travel abroad and I’m very much excited to start this journey in a strange city at dawn.
I arrived passed 1am in Tan Son Nhat International Airport. It’s a 3-hour flight from Manila, Philippines.
Upon arrival, you will pass through the Vietnam Immigration Officer, they will stamp on your passport until when you are allowed to stay in Vietnam. Since my home country (Philippines) is an ASEAN member, no visa is required from us.
Upon heading to the airport’s exit, I’ve seen the car service booth and availed the fixed rate car service (I was suppose to take the bus but I need to walk for about 9mins to the bus stop loading station then walk another 8mins from bus stop unloading to hostel). I think fixed-rate car service is cheaper and safer than metered taxis.
On the way to the hostel, the driver misread the address and brought me to the wrong hostel. Fortunately, the driver was so good that he didn’t stop until we find the right one.
Upon arrival to the hostel, he didn’t even leave until I signaled him that it’s already the right one.👍
It’s strange in Ho Chi Minh, they write 24 hours reception service but when you came late at night, the doors were closed and all lights were off. But you just knock on the door and they’ll open the doors with big smiles. There is always someone who slept near the door.😁
I stayed in 3 La Hostel which I booked via Agoda.com. It’s hard to find, but it’s a nice place to stay.
That morning, I woke up early for the Mekong Delta river tour. The tour guide will pick me up at around 8am. While waiting, I had my breakfast, free on accommodation. 👏👏👏
At around 8:30am, the tour guide arrived – it’s time to start the tour.😉
Mekong Delta River Tour
The Mekong Delta tour package cost $25 which I pre-booked through viator.com.
From Ho Chi Minh City, it takes 2.5 hours to reach Mekong Delta. Here’s our itinerary for the day:
Vinh Trang Pagoda
Then we went to upper Mekong area. From the main road, we trek for around 15 minutes to reach the next stop.
Tasting of Honey tea and listening to traditional Vietnamese music.
From the farm, we walked on the way to the river where the hand-rowed sampan’s loading area is located.
After around 10 minutes of sampan ride along the narrow parts of the river filled with Nipa, we reached the unloading station and take few walk to our next destination.
Coconut Candy Making
Play for a while with there pet phyton.😁
And have a shot of cobra wine.😜
After the candy-making session, we walked going to the loading station of long-tail boat. From there, we will be heading to a local restaurant for lunch.
Lunch in Turtle Island
After a sumptuous lunch, we rode again to the long-tail boat going to the mainland where the bus is located.
After almost 3 hours, we reached the Ho Chi Minh City and I dropped-off in this famous market in the city.
Now, I still have few hours left to explore the city center.
Ben Tah Market
Great finds for anything and everything.👍
Notre Dame Cathedral
Food Trip at the Park
For the full details on itinerary and expenses of my 10-Day Backpacking Tour in South East Asia, you may check 👉 The 1st 10 Days of My Life at 30 (Backpacking HCM-REP-BKK-CNX-KUL for PhP30k).
Hoping for more travels and crazy adventures!😉