As I’ve mentioned before, I still can’t get over the fact that we spent almost $700 on travel insurance, a major part of our budget for SE Asia and still a significant portion of our larger budget for New Zealand. After many hours of research, questions to friends and relatives, and even a poll here on the blog, I’ve come to the disappointing conclusion that we paid WAY too much for our travel insurance. How, you ask? It went something like this:
Upon arrival in Vietnam, we spent two days exploring Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon. It’s the biggest city in Vietnam. During our time there, we didn’t cover a lot of ground, and spent most of our time just walking around our neighborhood. This was mostly due to the fact that our first few days we were jet-lagged and feeling generally unadventurous. Plus it was really, really hot out. I can tell I wasn’t quite up to the challenge yet because I hardly took any pictures.
For us, the most uniquely fascinating part of city life was watching the scooters. They flow through the streets like a river, parting and reforming around cars and pedestrians. Honks are very frequent, but seem to be used more as a turn signal than a sign of anger. This makes crossing the street an exciting challenge. When the traffic slows slightly, walk at a steady pace across the street and the scooters will flow around you. We didn’t see a single accident, but I still tried to keep Adam between me and the traffic just to be extra safe. Continue reading Two Days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam