First night in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Half of our group arrived yesterday from points near and far. One from Lebanon and one from KSA via a stop in Paris first, myself from Jeddah, KSA and two from Riyadh, via Dubai, and our fearless leader, Mike from Singapore.

After a 2.5 hour visa process (this was after already acquiring the preliminary e-visa docs online) we freshened up and headed out on the town.

Our hotel is a gorgeous new boutique hotel called The Myst. It’s near the busy and popular Dong Khoi street and is beautifully decorated and loaded with fresh flowers.

We had a welcome drink on the lanai and then headed out to a nightclub called Apocalypse Now. Everything is cheap as chips and the city is clean and friendly. Hundreds of scooters, they seem to be the main form of transportation.

Had my morning coffee on the rooftop by the pool and headed out today to see the war memorial and eat too much! Bánh mi (the Vietnamese baguette) for breakfast and Pho for lunch are on the agenda.