As the title suggests, I spent most of today on my feet. In an attempt to have a chilled day, I decided to meander through the city and take in some sights. This wasn't actually my plan earlier this morning, but I met a Canadian guy by the name of Andy Ma and we decided to visit some of the parks and Ben Thahn Market.
The parks in HCMC are amazing. They form little bubbles in the town where people can go and relax away from the pace of the rest of the city. When you step into a park you realise how accustomed you've become to the ambient noise of the city. In the parks it is almost silent and the atmosphere takes a very layed back step to the 'chilled' direction. The parks are so green and topiaried trees are part of the attraction. In one park in particular there were trees shaped like dragons and elephants and foxes/dogs.
Ben Thahn Market was everything I expected an Asian market to be; crowded, cramped and full of cheap knock-offs of Nike and Rolex. I must have spent a couple of hours just wandering through this incredible place.
More exploring to be done now. I'm off to check out the night life as suggested by my uncle.
Dong still dry
P.S. Still no luck with finding a PC to upload pics from. I know you want to see them, please bear with me.