I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City at 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 15. Rush hour. The haphazard hoard of trucks,
motorbiks, bicycles, and a few cars pushing their was against and across each other was a shock after the 20 hour trip
from San Francisco. My second thought was "I'm going to try biking in this?" My first was "it's really &*$ing
That night, I sent a short note describing my initial impressions of Vietnam,
to a list of people who has requested updates about my trip.
Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon as it is usually still called, though it officially only refers to the central
district of the city) is the economic and population center of Vietnam. The city is home to roughly five million
people, many of who contributed to a wonderful first impression of the city. If you ever visit, I highly recommend staying with
the friendly people at Hotel 64 for your first couple of nights. They'll make you glad that you came.
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