the food is great and so is Ho Chi Minh City
(from the balcony of my room at the BI-Bee Saigon Hotel, Pham Ngu Lao)
Best flight of my life - Asiana Air transpacific (SF to Seoul) - those flight attendants never sit down, and the 777 was very comfy too. After prolific apologies for being 20 min late in landing at Tan Son Nhat (Saigon) we arrived in country. Immigration went quite smoothly and my hotel pickup man was waiting for 3 guests (myself and 2 Japanese girls) right outside the Customs gate. Seven flights up the narrow steps brought me to the Wagner Suite - not exactly the Majestic, but very spacious and comfy with large balcony and separate bathroom hut. I got about 3 hrs sleep before the Bun Bo Hue (spicy noodle soup) breakfast with lime juice. Later I walked down to Vietnam Airlines (past Ben Thanh Market and the fancy Rex Hotel). Bought my flights to Danang (Hoi An) and Hue to Hanoi for later in the month. Came back to the hotel past thousands of hawkers (you name it, Saigon sells it) for a rest. Woke up on the balcony to my first tropical monsoon - (BOY CAN IT RAIN IN VIETNAM!!!) Well, enough of the boring stuff, just wanted to get the ball rolling folks. I'm meeting Saigonkids (free guide service) tomorrow and then having dinner with the founder, Huyen. Vietnamese are so very friendly - maybe too friendly, have to keep watch for the ungenuine!
(me after mailing postcards at the Main Saigon P.O.)
Next time from the Mekong Delta.
PS - Susan reports that Spud has adjusted very very well. When I called on Wednesday, he was sitting on the couch with the housecat!