18.06.2008 - 21.06.2008 30 °C
So we decided to call it a day with Vietnam for the time being and return around November when it's the windy season and its stopped raining!
Of course the Saturday before we left (on the Sunday), the sun came out and it blew for a couple of hours. I managed to get out kiting which was fun.
On the Sunday (15th June) we got back on the bus to Saigon. A little disappointing after our bus journey out there. A similar setup, but a different company and very busy being Sunday night....it wasn't really a pleasant 5 hours, but I'll leave it at that!
We booked back in to a 2nd hotel owned by Madam Cuc....just up the road from where we stayed before. A highly recommended place (either hotel) if you ever find yourself in Saigon!!!
We booked flights to Bali for the Wednesday (18th June) so had 2 days to kill. It was wet again on the Monday so I have to admit we lazed about the hotel, drinking beer and watching movies (the first of either thing since we left pretty much!). We ate our "included" dinner of noodles and spring rolls in the evening at the hotel too....probably the best thing since we'd arrived in the country!
On the Tuesday we went sightseeing....the obligatory church's and temple's...(though quite impressive)...and also went for a walk around the "up market" part of town.
Giving Vietnam cuisine the benefit of the doubt, we went for lunch in what the guide book described as the "best local cuisine in the area". A fairly posh Vietnamese restaurant down towards the river. We were clearly underdressed in our shorts and t-shirts (I'm beginning to think Kim was right, I should have bought more than one t-shirt!). Spring rolls and calamari for starters....one was tasteless the other was frozen....seafood fried rice (no seafood and burnt) and shrimp hot pot (4 shrimps and more salt than vegetables). Not impressive at all, especially for 30 dollars! When we go back we're going to look for self-catering accommodation!!!
Wednesday morning we got up early and got a taxi to the airport for a flight via singapore (on Singapore Airlines) to Bali. After a brief scare where the check-in agent was trying to convince me that whilst US passport holders could get a Visa on arrival, Brits couldn't. I knew this was wrong, and eventually convinced them to let me on the filght!
A smooth journey with quite a long stopover in Singapore Airport (where there's plenty to do anyway!), and once again no hassles at all at Indonesian immigration or customs.
We had booked a room for the first night in Sanur on the south east coast. It was fine, although without any windows a little like a cave, and after Kim came face to face with her first cat sized cockroach on a trip to the bathroom, I realized we weren't going to be staying there!
We spent Thursday hunting for somewhere to stay, and have found a nice little place right on the beach. Kim negotiated a very cheap price and we plan to stay here for a while. The weather is great. There is plenty of surf and wind looks fairly promising. Either way there's plenty to do here and its dry! Oh and the food is good!