Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ho Chi Minh City Departure at Night

vietnam, cambodia and laos 11th solo backpacking tour
august 24 - september 1, 2011 wednesday to thursday

objective: to visit the best tourist spot that fits to my budget at limited amount of time.
additional tasks: lost half of my pocket-money in day 1... show must go on for the planned itinerary no matter how it takes

ho chi minh solo day tour
ben dinh cu chi tunnel
ho chi minh city other famous landmarks


after a tiring city tour, i took a rest in one of the parks near the ben thanh market for another battlefield of negotiation i must be prepared of. since im off-budget for extra expenses, i must be able to catch the very best good buy among the items i like to have.

ben thanh market

ben thanh market

I arrived in the market around 1630H. I did some strategic buying by canvassing 1st the prices of the bags I like which is found along the road then somehow make it as the benchmark or ceiling price for bargaining inside the market. after couple of minutes, I bought this almost looking original sling bag worth 400,000vnd(php800) that i got by 250,000vnd (php500). also, a cheap souvenir items, enough for my remaining money.

Headed-back to my guesthouse in pham ngu lao, estimated 500 meters away only to ben thanh market. rest, then packed my things properly. have my last dinner and around 2130H, decided to go to airport for my 0100H departure the next day. I rode as a backride in a motorbike that costs a negotiated rate of 65,000vnd (php130).

my last dinner meal with local beer

Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Tan Son Nhat International Airport

goodbye ho chi minh city! goodbye vietnam!
goodbye indochina!
may see you again at the crossroads!

day 7 expenses: (@ php43/usd php0.002/vnd)
* motodup to airport = 65,000vnd = php130
* 1/2 day cu chi tunnel tour = 90,000vnd = php180
* cu chi tunnel entrance fee = 80,000vnd = php160
* breakfast = 30,000vnd = php60
* snacks = 50,000vnd = php100
* sling bag in ben thanh market = 250,000vnd = php500
* souvenir shirt(S) = 45,000vnd = php90
* souvenir display = 15,000vnd = php30
* dinner & snacks = 72,000vnd = php144
TOTAL : php1,394

torturous lane in NAIA T3 @ 0500H

vietnam-cambodia-laos budget souvenirs

indochina 7-days solo backpacking summary
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