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Old November 20th, 2012, 05:00 AM   #81
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hi,pasori,you still in saigon?why don't take a chance go to Vung Tau? it's just 1-2 hours by hydrofoil
I've been to Vung Tau
Very interesting city actually. The setting is gorgeous too. I highly recommend spending a few days there for anyone who find themselves in south Vietnam.

(Lots of Russians there too :P)
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Old November 20th, 2012, 09:29 PM   #82
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Fascinating thread, this was truly an eye-opener for me. Thanks for the pictures!
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Old November 20th, 2012, 11:13 PM   #83
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Wow, amazing shots Pansori! Did you enjoy Vietnam well? How was the food? If you will return to Vietnam, you should go to the marvelous Ha Long Bay and the more than thousand-year-old capital of Hanoi.

Btw, could you post your pictures taken from the Chill Skybar (AB Tower) please? I know shots taken from the AB Tower are really awesome; they include a large part of the city centre.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 12:53 AM   #84
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Thank you everyone

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Of course I enjoyed Saigon. I will definitely go to Halong Bay and Hanoi next time. I've tried some food including Vietnamese street food. What surprised me, howver, was French baguettes with pate and butter. They were very very nice and I ate a lot of those (maybe 10 or so ). I didn't have a chance to try coffee and other bakery but next time I surely will. Saigon has lots of European style coffee shops which usually look very nice. I think the different influences (including European-French) on some aspects of daily living and eating make Saigon an exceptionally pleasant place.

I will certainly post my pictures from Ab Tower. However I don't have too many and they're not great quality because it didn't look like a good idea to mess around with my camera.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 12:59 AM   #85
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(Lots of Russians there too :P)
Have you been to Pattaya in Thailand? I think there are more Russians there than non-Russians
I think China and SE Asian countries are quite easily accessible for those living in Eastern Russia. I spoke to a couple of ladies from Vladivostok (they said my Russian was very very good ) who were travelling from Japan via China to Thailand and Vietnam. They said many Russians from Siberia (obviously ones who have some disposable cash) choose Japan, S.Korea, China or SE Asian countries for holidays than Europe or any other places. They said they had been to Moscow only once before. It probably gives a sense of how huge Russia really is in geographic terms.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 01:41 AM   #86
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Continued. Views from random areas in central Saigon

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Old November 21st, 2012, 01:45 AM   #87
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KFC (Pasteur st). It must be one of the best KFCs I've ever been to
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Euro 2012 championship was taking place at the time. It seemed like it generated quite a bit of interest in Saigon
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Old November 21st, 2012, 01:47 AM   #88
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Old November 21st, 2012, 01:48 AM   #89
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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:02 AM   #90
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Rex Hotel. Built in the early 60's with its first guests being US Army soldiers who arrived in 1961. Rofftop was later used as a place for press conferences by the US Army and the bar was a hangout spot for military officials and journalists. Today it's a 5* hotel, completely renovated with a lovely rooftop bar which is open to everyone
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Rex Hotel rooftop bar. Drinks are not too expensive with beer starting at 80 000VND (about €3/$3.8) and cocktails a bit more expensive
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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:04 AM   #91
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Night view from the Rex Rooftop Garden
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The first floor is occupied by some luxury-brand shops
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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:05 AM   #92
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There are lots of KFCs but no McD or Burger King
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Near Ben Thanh Market
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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:30 AM   #94
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Park near Ben Thanh Market
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Horrific insects watching for their next victim. Fortunately they didn't see me
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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:32 AM   #95
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Wonder if they changed it to iPhone5
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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:36 AM   #96
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Bui Vien, the main backackers area of Saigon. Perhaps in a way comparable to Bangkok's Khao San Road, just less intense and crazy
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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:38 AM   #97
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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:41 AM   #99
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That's right, excellent French baguettes can be bought right on the street. I had loads of them. One of the best ways of having a quick snack
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