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Monday, July 15, 2013

Would You Like To Visit Saigon?

If there is anyone out there who is planning an out of the country trip for the family in the near future and is quite conscious with the budget, then I would recommend you to visit Saigon.  Saigon is the old name of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.  But I am more comfortable referring to the city as Saigon as this is the more popular name among the locals. As I am quite familiar with the place, I thought of writing a post that would guide would be travelers to Saigon.

There are actually a lot of fascinating things about Saigon which is not known to many.  I am a regular visitor of the city as it is very near to the boarder where my previous company is located.  I was able to explore the place and learned so much about the city and it's people. It's quite funny at times since currently, I am working with some Vietnamese nationals and sometimes, I am the one giving them tips on how to go around the city.  This is so because they did not originate from Ho Chi Minh but on the distant provinces in Vietnam.  No wonder, they don't know much about the city. (lol)

What do I love about Saigon?
  • Vietnam massage is one of the best that I've ever tried.  Hot stone massage originated from them.  It's really soothing and relaxing and  being a regular in spas and massage clinics, I would say that Vietnam massage is still the number one in my list.
  • I love Vietnam dishes.  They got the best spring rolls and soups cooked into perfection.
  • I love Megastar Cineplex.  Their cinema is very nice and cool and they have special rates offered to students and discounted rates on certain  days of the week.  I feel so relaxed every time I watch a movie there and they have the best caramel popcorn. :)
  • Goods are cheap in Vietnam that we ended up buying even some grocery items.  We cannot resist the price.  Example, a big bar of Colgate only costs about 30 pesos which is about 50% less than it's price in the Philippines.
  • Medicines are so cheap in Vietnam, you don't have to bring tons of medicines for common ailments as you can find medicines there similar to what we have in the Philippines at half the price.  So why bother?  As a matter of fact, I used to buy medicines there and bring back to Philippines.  I saved a lot kasi. :)
  • You can find soup everywhere even on the streets.  Mind you, they are famous for their traditional Pho.
  • Do you know that Vietnam is famous for it's coffee?  You can find stalls selling coffee everywhere.  Their ice coffee is one of the best.  Of course my two kids didn't appreciate it because normally young people don't like coffee but most Moms do. :)
  • There are lots of options for budget hotels if you are really aiming for a budget tour.
  • Lots of interesting places to visit right in the heart of the city and price is not an issue.  Entrance fees to theme parks are really affordable.  We had managed to visit two theme parks actually.
Okay, to wrap up, we've stayed in Saigon for 10 days. Me and my two kids minus hubby as he was not able to get a vacation leave that time.  Overall, we only spend around $1,200 for the 10 days vacation.  That's about 48K ++ in pesos and that includes the airfare, hotel accommodation, foods for 10 days, visiting some attractions within the city, dental cleaning for the three of us, plus a little bit of shopping for ourselves and for "pasalubong". 

Places we have visited during our 10 days stay there are:

Suio Tien Theme Park
Dam Sen Theme Park
Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden
China Town
Notre Dame Cathedral
Central Post Office 
3 Malls
Watch two movies from 2 different Cinemas (Megastar Cineplex) 
Benh Thanh Market plus the night market
Watch Animal Show
Watch an Acrobat show
A stroll around the central district area.


So I leave it up to you to judge if the budget mentioned above is already considered reasonable for three people for a 10 days vacation. For me, it is!


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Travel Essentials Checklist


Being a traveler myself, I've learned over the years that preparing for a trip is not that easy. You have to carefully plan the things that you're going to bring and must make sure that you do not exceed your baggage allowance, otherwise, you will end up spending more for extra charges and believe me, it's not really cheap especially for international flights.  Also, if you are not smart enough, you'll be missing up on few important things that you cannot leave without.  I've also learned that you should put some personal essentials in your hand carry bag or else, you will end up in a nightmare realizing that you kept your pens, eye glasses, keys or some travel documents in your suitcase.  So planning and preparing is really essential or you'll end up regretting.

I have already traveled numerous times but I would admit that I haven't mastered yet the art of traveling.  So, I was really delighted that I've found this Travel Essentials Checklist online.  I think this is timely reminder to all travelers and would be travelers. This does not only contain a list of travel essentials but also a checklist for your home to ensure safety and convenience.

Hope it helps. :)

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

My Personal Views About Travel


Once I told a colleague, "Whenever I travel, I do not only collect clothes but memories."  I told this to her as she has a exactly different views from me about traveling and visiting places. Whenever I travel, I would normally visit parks and museums, try local foods, go to a market and observe the locals way of life.  I also go to theme parks and land marks if I have ample time.  Watching dances and musical performances would also be in my itinerary.   She told me that she feel bored visiting museums and parks.  She just love to shop, so you would always find her in shopping malls and big shops in every place she visits. Well, that's her preference and I respect that.  Each and everyone of us has our own opinions and sentiments when it comes to traveling, so I have nothing against that.  But for me, I would certainly love to discover the place and understand the culture of the people.  For me, traveling is more of getting an experience and discovering people.

As what St. Augustine said and I quote, 

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page"


How about you? What are your views about travel?
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