Well, we are now in the thick of things, as we find our way in this ever changing yet familiar country. The ease of our entry was aided so kindly by my old friend Anh Toan, who picked us up at midnight at Saigon’s hectic airport. We relaxed and adjusted for the following 3 days at Riverside Apartments, a resorty place expat families stay outside of the city. The mode of transport into the chaotic belly of Saigon was by boat, a real treat for all of us.
This is Mathilda getting excited for the ride back.
Riverside was great for us as it provided a soft landing with its big pool and even a playground beside the beguiling Saigon river.
On our second day, we ventured into the city to visit Saigon’s Zoo, which as doubles as an expansive botanical garden. It is a true oasis admist the city’s 9 million people. It is also a historic treasure, as it is the 8th oldest zoo in the world.
The zoo also had a small kids’ amusement park. M & M enjoyed having a go at the bumper boats. Only in Vietnam!
Our last night, we had a nice dinner by the river, just a short walk from Riverside.
And then it was a trip on the famed Reunification Express to Da Nang. Well, it really was not “express” since it took 15 hours by train whereas by plane it would have been 2, but the journey was fabulous. We had 4 bunks in our own cute compartment and a huge picture window to view some of Vietnam’s most pristine countryside.