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Ho Chi Minh City - Sunday, 29 January 2017

Chill out day!

sunny 32 °C

We had a good night's sleep and while we were at breakfast, made contact with Mao, our Cambodian guide for the next 13 days. He has a delightfully smiley face and we have bonded with him already. He is going to be a good guide. He told us there will be three groups - we are group 2 and have 16 members in it. Six are already in the hotel, with the rest arriving this morning.

After breakfast Ingrid, Elfie and I tested the temperature of the pool. The pool attendant told us it was 30 degrees, which is acceptable to us, so after our walk to see the rooster in flowers, we'll be back to spend a few hours at the pool.

We caught a taxi to a chemist as we all need strepsils for our coughs. The taxi waited and then took us back to the Continental Hotel, which is close to our hotel and where we stayed 10 years ago. There was a cafe opposite where the journalists used to hang out during the Vietnam War but it 's not there any more. A couple of high rises are now in its place. I am surprised that they let it be demolished because American journalists were fired on in that cafe, and now it's gone.

We found the street where the rooster and chickens are depicted in flowers and took lots of photos. It is a New Year Holiday today so everyone is out on the streets, some dressed in national costume and the ladies in their lovely long dresses, with long pants underneath. They are so slim and elegant.

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Back to the hotel for a swim and lunch by the pool.

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Phil's watch band broke a few days ago and he went for a walk this morning and found another one. As I was getting changed for the pool, my watch band broke too, so after the pool, we went back to the shop and bought a new watch band for me.

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Then, back at the hotel, we just had time to freshen up and change to attend the Scenic briefing at 5.30 pm. Our group of 16 seem quite nice - we have six pommies, two Americans and eight Aussies.

We all then walked across the road for a traditional Vietnamese dinner. All the courses were nice. Now into bed as we have an early start tomorrow.

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Posted by gaddingabout 06:23 Archived in Vietnam

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