I had booked a flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City on Jetstar. My flight time only changed 4 times, and in the even it was only delayed 30 minutes in the end. I paid an extra $10 to get the first row seating. It was actually not too bad. When I arrived I wish I had organized my transportation to my hotel. I am pretty sure I overpaid for taxi.
I went a city tour on the afternoon of my arrival. The first stop of the tour was the War Remnants Museum. It was interesting. It’s important to know that it’s a bit bias. It does present the truth but from one side. It’s worth a trip but might be helpful to do a bit of research about the war as so to get a full understanding the magnitude.
My tour was the highlights. A temple, the post office, the museum, Independence Palace, Notre Dame, Ben Tranh Market and a flower market.
That evening I went out to enjoy the Tet Festivities.
The next day was Tet eve, so I arranged for trip to the Mekong Delta. I did not think this about what it will entail. I do not like boats. To visit the delta it requires getting in a boat and even a canoe. My tour started out with a stop at My Tho to the Vinh Trang Temple.
Then we took a boat ride out to Unicorn Island.
We sampled so of the local fruits and honey products.
We walked thru what felt like a jungle to a private home, where they served us lunch. I politely declined because well elephant fish did not seem like a good idea.
And then it was time to head back to the boat. But it required a ride in canoe. It was experience. I don’t recommend wear white pants. As I fell trying to get in and ended up covered in mud. But the highlight, I got to see a water coconut up close and in person.
And if I had not gone, I would not have gotten the super cool cone hat. Meet Meykong Flo.
With the next day being Tet, I did what anyone would have done in my shoes, I booked a spa day. It was great! A little too great in fact. I was so relaxed that when I ordered my lunch, Banh Mi, I did not ask what was in the sauce that came with it. It was quite good but apparently there was something fishy in it. I realized this about 45 minutes later when I was standing in line for immigration at the airport. I noticed my breathing was weird. It took me a few minutes before I connected the dots. And I started to wonder if it was all in my head. Psychosomatic or not, I have a full on meltdown. I managed to get to the lounge and get some water. At this point I realized I was not ok. And I had left something at security. I walked back and the agent was asking why I left it, I was practically crying saying I just don’t feel well. He actually looked at me and said you need to go to medical. I knew that if I told the truth I was looking at 24 hours of observation. So I took my chances, waited until he looked the other way and hightailed it my gate. I managed to make it safely to Australia without any medical intervention. I was sick for 3 days. I know I take chances with my allergy but after this little episode I realize I need to be more careful. I got very lucky this time.
Until next time.. Safe Travels