Well it finally happened, after several overdue months of waiting and wondering I finally got myself to Vietnam.
in short its hot. chaos.
The country doesn’t ever seem to sleep except during the hours of 4am to 6am which seems to be its one time that everyone collectively decides enough is enough and just go to bed. Only to wake up 2 hours later to start it all over again.
The streets are filled, utterly utterly filled with bikers. Of all types and sizes, from the Harleys to the pedal bikes, its shoulder to shoulder every step of the way. Walking is possible but its more a quick jog from shop to shop then casual stroll. Walking across streets involves a level of bravery, and basically make sure you are seen as some slow moving rock that the flow of shoal fish bikes can ride around with ease.
But also there is the “tricks” that certain people will have a go at you since you some dumb foreigner that I’ve fallen for in the first few days.
- Sim cards in the airport arrivals are both false advertising and bullshit. Avoid them since are protected by security who wont allow you to go back in to complain. Sims go for much MUCH cheaper outside of the airport and you can go complain if they screw you.
- Taxis are great but be wary of them. Even if your in two of the recommended ones there can still be the odd bad apple that’ll try to either try and take dollars (which is illegal btw) from you for above the price of the ride or will try and charge you for making them wait even if they are the cause of the wait. HOWEVER I’ve been in several of these taxis now and as long as it Vinasun and MaiLinh then your most likely going to be fine. (Those are the two I’ve used, others I cant speak for but friends agree that they are the more trusting firms).
- District 12 is FAR out from District 1, it might seem obvious but it also means that without a taxi or your own scooter you can add 30-40 mins travel to any journey into town. Or about £4-5, costly on a budget.
- If your from the UK try and get a mix of Dong and Dollar, your going to use Dong much more, but since that can be a tricky currency to acquire Id get Dollar then and once in Vietnam open an account (if you have the documents) and get that all cashed in asap. You can use atms dotted around the city but Im a suspicious bloke that doesn’t like the idea of just inserting my card into any old atm. Plus your going to get charged on both ends for taking out cash. So come with cash and open the account. Oh but before that happens you had better change a few hundred dollars into dong at a near by bank, just be ready to spend 30-40 mins getting the paperwork signed. You can use your apartment/hotel address instead of your home address if your not comfortable giving them all your details.
Also the districts are very different from each other.
The few districts Ive been through seem to be a bit like this:
D1: Chaos all the time, street food, burger joints and basics available everywhere, company businesses and schools around everywhere.
D12: More basic, slightly less chaotic, more Vietnamese places then western, but there are some spots that have large shopping malls and entertainment, but walking is along long streets. So grab a mask and glasses to cover your face, a hats good too for the sun. (In fact just have them all in your reach for walking around, no one cares if you wear them and your face will thank you, just take them off when entering stores). There is a good wind that travels through the area that keeps the nights more manageable.
I’ve been applying to two schools so far and tomorrow I am going to be doing a test lesson for VUS, no idea on how it’ll go since I haven’t met the students, but at least its progress so (thumbs up).
Anyway have some images of my wandering about.
Finally Ill give my review on Zootopolis
Which I will post later today as Im a little too stressed out about my impeding test lesson in 7 hours. So good night all and see you tomorrow.
Read outs done (40mins!) but I also got a touch of food poisoning so Im sleeping it off and posting it up tomorrow. Night all.