the vietnam honeymoon: saigonPosted: August 25, 2011
after the quiet and gentle charm of hoi an, saigon was certainly a contrast.
our last two days were spent gulping down cup after cup of sugarcane juice and iced coffee, dodging insistent hands grasping at our arms at ben thanh market, and taking deep breaths before crossing wide streets filled with hundreds of buzzing motorbikes with false bravado.
i did love the numerous little boutiques that lined the streets; it’s a bit how i imagined avenida might have looked like back when humongous malls were still non-existent.
while one falls in love with hoi an at first sight, saigon, though not unpalatable, is more of an acquired taste.
hong hoa hotel – i think hoang trinh ruined us for other hotels, haha! but yeah, hong hoa was okay too. none of the little touches of hospitality but the room was clean, location was good and the staff were courteous. 🙂