|Rykauna and Logan waiting for the shuttle bus to our Riverside Apartment|
|Gorgeous Greenery! Beautiful|
|No lanes of traffic, just vehicles moving in the same general direction, weaving in and out and passing within inches of each other!|
|Hard to see but those are heads upon heads lined up in front of us as far as the eye can see.|
|These two had a unique way of shuttling goods. The one on the left drove a motorbike and with his leg, pushed the cart with the long package. The other man holds on to the package,
steers, and has a little brake! All through a mess of traffic.|
We are staying at Riverside Apartments, which, as their name implies, are on the shore of the Saigon River. The grounds are beautiful, there are fields to run in, tennis, volleyball and badminton courts, a pool, gym and other amenities. More pictures will follow. The apartment itself is a spacious 2 bedroom with a fully equipped kitchen. The apartments are slightly out of the way, into the suburbs. As such, they provide two ways into the heart of the city - bus or boat. After our afternoon naps, we roused everyone (Ok, roused is likely a poor word choice. Poor Hudson who slept the least on the plane was finally completely exhausted. I don't think he woke up fully for any part of our adventure into HCMC - Ho Chi Minh City) as we headed for the shore. Our hotel provides free boat shuttles into downtown about 4 times a day. So we got a scenic route for about 15 - 20 minutes into town.
|The wake from our boat and the desolate riverside on one side|
|The fully built up other side. Again the contrast between rich and poor were evident. A labourer outside a little hut washing his clothes on the bank of the river only a few meters removed from a very large modern private yacht|
The kids were exhausted so we did not do any shopping but headed straight home. Walking in Vietnam also needs to be experienced to be believed. We were told before coming, just walk across the streets, don't slow down, just stay at a steady pace and the cars and motorbikes will drive around you. Sounds good when you hear it, sure. Even more convincing when you see others doing it. Still takes a bit of guts the first few time our family of 6 (Sara and I, Rykauna, Logan and Hudson at our side and Li Lin in the stroller) just walked into two way traffic and made it across ok. Here is a picture of the 6 lane road we crossed after dark on our way back to the boat to get to our hotel and to sleep.