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Facts about Vietnam
Stuff to See and Do
What to Eat
This Vietnamese beef stew is one of the country's heartier soups and can be ordered for any meal including breakfast. It is usually served with a loaf of Vietnamese bread, which is perfect for soaking up the rich and tasty broth. When ordering, make sure to ask for only beef shank if you can't eat tendon.
You will recognize thot not or coconut palm fruit by its bulky husk on which several black fruits are clustered. The edible part is clear and gelatinous, a lot like Jell-o jigglers. Usually served over ice and sweet water, thot not is quite nice and refreshing if the texture doesn't bother you too much.
Our first bus trip in Vietnam was with 'TM Brothers' bus company...and we made sure we didn't travel with them again!!
We were told by our hostel who booked this for us (from Saigon to Mui Ne) that it would be comfortable, have air-con, a toilet etc and it was far from this description! It was a 'sleeping' bus but the seats were tiny- almost child sized, the air-con didn't work at all, and the toilet was out of order (not good on a bus that's not scheduled to stop during the journey!)
At one point the bus did make a stop for them to repair something (!) and some people got off to go to the toilet...then the bus tried to leave without them!! The driver luckily did stop just down the road and let them run to get back on, once everyone on the bus had shouted at him enough!
I would advise to check when booking that you are not going with this company (they run throughout Vietnam)! - a bit of googling and asking around afterwards brought up many more bad stories about this company!
Easy Riders is a group of Vietnamese war vets that have large proper American style motorcycles and can arrange tours anywhere in Veitnam. A great way to see the true countryside of Vietnam. A little bit more expensive (about $50 a day) but definitely worth the money. They also have pre set tours but can arrange anything you would like. Reliable and safe, I highly recommend this experience if you have the money.
Vietnam has one main train line connecting Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. It is convienent and cheap and tickets can be purchased at rail stations for 1st or 3rd class depending on price you are willing to spend. You get the class you pay for though.