It cost about 50pounds for the Vietnam Visa. I paid a bit extra as I had to apply for a fast track. It was well worth the money! My hostel had sent someone to pick me up from the airport and for the first time ever I had a name on a board when I stepped into Arrivals. It was soo good! He was a nice little chap as well, about half my size but insisted on carrying my 20kg bag. He almost toppled when he put it on. He taught me a couple of basic Vietnamese words while we dodged in and out of the heavy flow of traffic. I have never seen so many mopeds and motorbikes! I would describe the traffic as organised chaos, I guess. Everyone seems to know where they are going and what they are doing but from an outsiders view it looks crazy. I couldn't believe my eyes when a scooter drove on to the opposite side of the road into head on traffic and zig zagged his way through the sea of motorbikes and turned into the street. Horns are constantly meeping for no other reason then to let people know they are there. I saw what must have been a 70+ old lady chilling on the back of one and another with 8 full crates of beer stacked up. Lord knows how thy balanced that out. I got dropped off on a busy street where a lady met me out the car. I had to cross the road which youcan only do with full confidence. No hesitations just walk. A little bit scary when you look to the left and right and a heap of scooters and cars heading straight for you. Miraculously I made it to my hostel alive and what a nice hostel it was. I was on the fifth floor which was a bit of an effort as they didn't have a lift. Good exercise though!
I met a French guy in my room and we headed out for some dinner. We bumped into a couple of Ozzy lads on the way out and they decided to join us. We found a restaurant that had 10000 dong beers, roughly about 60p, and sat and had a delicious Vietnamese curry for tea. After that we played some pool at a bar, Europe vs Australia before I headed back to the hostel for bed. Europe dominated, not really with any help from me. Haha pool is not ky strong point.
I got up early the next day and hit the markets with a gang of solo travellers I had met over breakfast. The markets were crazy. It was in this huge warehouse that had tiny paths for you to walk down inbetween the stalls. Everyone is shoutimg at you; "Miss, Miss! Can I help you?! Have a look, Miss! You need tshirts, Miss?!". It is constant and kind of hard to browse in the stalls. We didn't laat long before a couple of girls decided they wanted a spa day. I joined them and off we went to a lovely spa that the hostel had recommended. We got a 90 minute full body massage with hot stones, reflexology and head massages. Such a treat and all for about 10 pounds. More expensive then most places but absolutely worth it. All 3 of us had men as our masseuses. They were clearly interested in improving there English and were whispering in our ears the whole time "where are you from, Miss?", "Are you married?", "how long have you been in Vietnam?" etc. Pretty funny actually. We couldn't help but laugh at the awkward situation.
We had lunch for less than 3 pounds. A chicken noodle soup with a beer. I can't believe how cheap everything is!After that we headed to the War Museum. Outisde the museum were fighter jet planes and tanks. I'm not sure if the were real or just models. They definitely looked real. The museum was super sad and it was all about the Americans and how they had gone about destroying the country. It showed people who were still affected by the Agent Orange and thousands of people have died since the war ended from stepping on bombs that were never cleared up. A terrible mess really. The blame was all put on America obviously and the American girl I was walkimg around with said she felt ashamed to be American. Pretty tough. I'm not usually a fan of museums but this one was extremely interesting. I don't know how biased it was but it was a definite eye opener. A walk through the night markets and a quick dinner before heading back to the hostel to pack for tomorrow. I'm off to Mui Ne! A small coastal town for my last week where I'm going to chill out!