If you love riding scooters then Ho Chi Minh City is the place for you. There are scooter-dedicated lanes, scooters can turn left where cars can’t and there are some roads where no cars are allowed. I do hope it remains this way. Mind, you must keep your wits about you and it is best to ride in convoy. I would NOT suggest scooters to anyone who hasn’t had experience riding them! Italy does help in gaining that experience…
Here is a snippet of scooter traffic in the city.
The city authorities are trying to reduce street vendors but I don’t think they’ll ever succeed.
There are plenty of swimming pools in HCMC to cool down in. Here’s a somewhat rundown one but it has its own character, especially with that wonderful conifer next to it.
Unbelievably, Vietnam is the world’s second largest coffee producer (the first is Brazil). There’s a great chain of coffee bars in the country to beat Starbuck’s any day called Highlands Coffee, not because Scotland has anything to do with it but because the coffee is grown in the highland region of Central Vietnam. An iced coffee is welcome any time of day and the cakes aren’t bad too if you want to go western for once. It looks western but the little shrine to the gods tucked to the right of my sofa tells me I’m not in Europe…
Here are two friends I met in Vietnam. The lady on the left is married to an Italian and the man on the right is a friend of the person I’m staying with. We had another great street supper last night with them.
Perhaps it’s time now to get out of this sparkling but slightly frenzied city and explore the country. The seaside or the mountains?