Arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in the middle of the afternoon after a moderately comfortable bus ride from Phnom Penh. I was starting to feel a little under the weather and, defences down, fell prey to a bent taxi-driver; he was pushy and insisted on using the meter. This is usually a good thing but not in this case – his was a special meter that quickly rose to $25 for a $5 ride. My fault entirely for not being on top of things but more damaging to my pride than anything else.

We checked a hotel recommended by our guest house in Phnom Penh but it was a little underwhelming. Further back down the road, for three dollars more, we found a clean, bright and comfortable place to stay.

HCMC seems full of life with a constant stream of motor-bikes and hawkers passing us as we ate dinner. It definitely seems more prosperous than Cambodia.

We had planned a trip to the Cu Chi tunnels, where the Viet Cong successfully hid from American bombing raids during the Vietnam War. But I was feeling a bit shabby – aching limbs and head, and the runs – and Bev managed to postpone the excursion until tomorrow. So it’s a lazy, recuperative day for both of us. And planning our trip by train up the coast. Maybe even have time to post some pictures!

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