With only 8 million people in the city, there are more bikes than people.
Simply set foot in this bustling city center and you won't doubt this information.
Bikes are EVERYWHERE. Even crossing the street here is an event in itself.
Walking on the sidewalk is dangerous, as some of the motorbikes simply skip the road and pass the traffic by weaving through the pedestrians.
Sadly, we didn't have a ton of time in the city, so we tried to make the most of it.
Our co-worker Stacia had previously lived here and gave us plenty of recommendations.
We had an awesome American style breakfast here.
We wandered a bit around the neighborhood close to our hotel.
We went to Starbucks!
We lounged by the pool. We read a book.
We went for a massage.
I can't even.
It was quite unlike anything I've ever experienced.
Well, maybe that co-ed Turkish hamam was almost as awkward.
We went for drinks at this local beer brewery.
There was a total downpour happening in the midst of this.
We went for pizza here.
The next day we did a motorbike tour that was a ton of fun.
We toured on bikes through this crazy city with local students guiding us around.
|memorial to honor Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc,|
who burned himself to death in 1963 at the adjacent intersection
They zigged and zagged through the traffic to each destination.
|Notre Dame Cathedral in the city center|
|notice the total pro on the left|
I was holding on for dear life on the right.
|One of our early stops in the day was to a local market.|
|We were offered some desserts, which I politely refused...|
milky, yogurty type products that are not cold or refrigerated? ugh.
|you can however buy your fish alive|
super weird...and kind of gross!
|to go drinks from a road side kiosk|
I managed to hold on with only one hand for a few minutes.
|local temple that we visited|
|we loved our xo tour!|
Wrapping up our short stay in Ho Chi Minh City, we were off to a few days of beach time!