I grew up poor in Ho Chi Minh

See you later!

10.08.-13.08.

After a 6 hour bus ride we arrived in Saigon. Our hostel is located on one of the most popular streets in the city, but we deliberately chose it πŸ™‚ we were warned directly at check-in. For example, if someone calls you, never answer if you have not stood against a wall beforehand. In the last few days, for example, some cell phones were stolen directly in front of the hostel. You should never have it in your hand, let alone your wallet and, preferably, not carry a bag πŸ˜€ We're really lucky that nothing was stolen from us during the entire time. In the meantime, however, we probably already have such a "don't mess with me" charisma that nobody dares to do that anyway πŸ˜€ The last few days in Vietnam and generally from our trip are dawning, and our hearts have always slipped into our pants when we think about home. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. So we made good use of the last few days and were really excited about Saigon. We think either you hate it here or you love it. And for us it was surprisingly the second πŸ˜€ It is loud, louder than Hanoi and the traffic is more insane than anywhere else, but meanwhile we are already "professionals" when it comes to crossing roads πŸ˜€ just never stop! There are some good GoPro shots πŸ˜€ We only arrived later on the first day, so we just explored the area and went to a market, for example there were turtles still alive at a street stall waiting for the grill 😭 on the first full day we made a trip to the Mekong Delta. The Mekong is one of the 12 longest rivers in the world and leads through 6 countries including Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Over 20 million people live in this area who mainly live from the river, for example by fishing or they operate charter boats for tourists! A lot of fruits are grown here and coconuts also often come from this area. On the way there we stopped in a pagoda and then we went to the Mekong. In between we stopped on different islands, for example to visit a coconut candy farm, a bee farm and for lunch. And hui, there was a lot of food πŸ˜€ This time Max also tried one of the brews - many of the group drank a short schnapps in which chickens and snakes were pickled. It wasn't that bad at all πŸ˜€ In a small nutshell we went from midday through a small tributary from the Mekong back to the big boat and the tour was already over. But it was really worth it!

In the evening we sat on one of the many sky bars and enjoyed the view with a beer πŸ™‚

On the last full day we explored the city for hours and were really amazed how beautiful it is here! we started at the War Remnants Museum and then just wandered around. The museum was again not for the faint of heart. There were various exhibitions, for example about "Agent Orange", a pesticide that was spread over a large area during the Vietnam War. The pictures of the consequences, of the people who suffered malformations, even many years after the war, were really hard to bear. Much more figurative information about the methods of torture was provided here than in Phom Penh, for example. Phew In the yard there were still a lot of vehicles from the war such as tanks, howitzers, helicopters and even fighter jets and a huge bomber. Sometimes even with original camouflage and armament.

For the first time in Vietnam we also treated ourselves to a massage. Compared to Indonesia and Cambodia, the massages are a bit more expensive, of course still very cheap, but we just saved it for the last day unsere our feet deserve some care too , they really went through a lot πŸ˜€ after the massage the masseurs stood in front of us before we had even properly dressed - β€œTip?” A little taken by surprise, we both gave a little more than 10%. Then no thanks, just an annoyed β€œMore! More! ”And the amount that you would like to have. About half of what the massage cost πŸ˜€ Nope.

In the evening we wanted to have another delicious meal and end the evening in one of the countless bars in the street, in the end we chatted with the owner of the restaurant about God and the world for over 4 hours after dinner. When we wanted to pay the bill she spoke German, we probably looked like cars because we hadn't heard anyone speak German for a long time except us πŸ˜€ it was a Vietnamese woman who grew up in Germany and emigrated to Vietnam 10 years ago. 3 life stories later she closed the restaurant 1.5 hours after it actually closed πŸ˜€ We were really happy to be able to ask a few questions about Vietnam and had a really great last evening πŸ™‚

Vietnam is without question a country that has so much to offer! Much, much more than we have seen now and you can easily spend even more time. Especially in northern Vietnam. We found Ninh Binh breathtaking, for example, we have seldom seen such great nature! There is, for example, another paradise island, Phu Quoc, which we haven't seen at all. We were also pleasantly surprised that it is very clean for Asia and that there is not as much rubbish flying around as anywhere else. The garbage is always thrown on the street in front of the shop, but it is always picked up. Unfortunately we have had more stupid experiences here in the short period of time than in the last four months together. That has clouded a lot and was a real shame. We got to know people who were really incredibly warm and helpful, but also people who yelled "Money Money Money" in our faces or were incredibly bold. We didn't feel or notice that in the other Asian countries or, for example, 2 years ago in Thailand. Sure, we can understand it, no matter how little budget you actually have, you come from the west and that usually means more money. Nevertheless, it is not a nice feeling to be sold for stupid and to be seen only as a shop or ATM on every corner. We know that everyone here is only β€œfighting” for survival, and that is not personal, but Cambodia, for example, is also a very poor country and we just felt very differently about it. Can't really explain that. Maybe we just had bad luck, because we know that there is another way here! πŸ™‚

The food is really delicious, always fresh and perfectly seasoned. We often filled our bellies and tried a lot πŸ˜‹! Especially the Vietnamese iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk was so delicious that even Julia, who never had a cup of coffee, had one every day πŸ˜€ Coconut coffee was very good too! For us, Hoi An was the highlight of Vietnam, one of the most beautiful cities we have ever seen! Everything was just right and we could easily have spent more time there, just strolling through the alleys and marveling at the lights in the evening.

Now the last chapter begins, the stop in Singapore for 2 nights and then it goes home. And then your heart slips into your pants again!

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