6D5N Vietnam Day 1 : AirAsia, Boarding Pass, Food Garden LCCT, Nasi Padang, Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh Traffic, Mai Linh, Vinasun, Hotel Bich Duyen, Pham Ngu Lao, Pho Quynh, Sabeco Saigon Export Beer, Crazy Buffalo Saigon, Bia Hoi, Bia Tuoi, Beer 33, Sabeco 333 Export Beer

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08.25 am – Checked in online yesterday and printed out all the boarding pass from PEN-KUL-SGN and from HAN-KUL-PEN. Skip the queue ma. Travel smart ^.^

08.41 am – Red dragon fruits right before the journey, reason? To guarantee that I shit on the first day of arrival at my destination.

Double check everything in the luggage

before zipping it up.

09.28 am – Holiday [email protected]~!!!!!!!!

Driver of the day, thanks for the lift bro.

10.06 am – Had breakfast at McDonald’s.

It’s been some time since I had fillet-o-fish.

Filling up her time reading while waiting.

10.26 am – Gave Vivian her boarding pass and

began the long process towards the boarding gate.

Holiday [email protected]~!!!!!!!!

The information display stating that the plan has arrived and is now boarding.

I was kinda hoping for the sky bridge to be used but then again,

you get to save money so why not skip it?

11.00 am – Our first time enjoying AirAsia’s “Hot Seat”.

Began sifting through AirAsia’s Travel3Sixty for the month of January 2011.

Bye Penang. Holiday [email protected][email protected]!!!!

12.12 pm – Landed at KLIA-LCCT.

Too bad the plane was parked at the furthest gate.

Began the long walk towards the arrival hall.

We had no checked in luggage so

we exited straight into the sidewalks of KLIA-LCCT

towards Food Garden.

The best place to charge your electronics as the air conditioning keeps you comfortable from the heat outside and food to keep your mouth and stomach busy.

The Nasi Padang stall in Food Garden is the busiest.

The reason lies in the abundance of dish choices.

~yum~

11.38 pm – Began the long walk towards the international departure gates to wait for our plane.

AirAsia’s cartoon livery.

03.18 pm – ooOooooh…. the clouds…. the holiday feeling~~! ^.^

03.29 pm – Started watching Tiger WooHoo.

Vivian on the other hand, watched the super duper awesome Prestige directed by the ever talented Christopher Nolan.

We got lost in our movies that we didn’t realize 1.5 hours have passed!

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From here onwards is Vietnam time. -1 hour KL time. Eg: 2pm in KL is 1pm in Vietnam.
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Switched the watch to Vietnam time.

Saw lots of Vietnam Airlines hanging around.

The international terminal of

Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Being lazy.

Saw a HUGE ASS crowd as we exited the arrival gates.

Took a long walk towards

the domestic terminal.

Both Vivian and I had big notes, all in VND 100,000 notes, so we broke the notes by buying a bottle of mineral water.

04.28 pm – Waited for bus no.152 with

Vivian at the

Smoking Area of the domestic terminal.

Not long after, bus no.152 arrived.

The entire bus wasn’t really that packed.

The back was pretty empty.

The trip for a person costs only VND 6,000 which if you took a taxi from the international terminal, it would’ve been VND 300,000!!!!!! That’s 50 times more expensive!!!

04.32 pm – Experienced the craziness of the traffic for the first time.

There were just so damn many motorcycles!

I wonder if they even obey the policeman’s orders.

Structures and

statues scattered all around town.

People in groups by the roadside.

The very short chairs and tables.

Spotted the most recommended taxi group in Vietnam.

Another recommended taxi group in Vietnam. We read that there were lots of taxi scams and to only take Mai Linh or Vinasuns.

05.28 pm – It took us almost half an hour before we found our hotel as the signs were in Vietnamese.

Half an hour later, we arrived at the highly rated Bich Duyen Hotel.

The reception area.

We were relieved to find the drinks as cheap as those found in convenient stores.

We were given the key and

ushered up to our room.

We were so happy that the room was bright, spacious and comfortable.

And the toilets pretty clean.

06.10 pm – All freshened up and ready to rock and roll!

Had Chanh, the manager, point out potential places to eat and drink authentic Vietnamese products.

06.24 pm – After taking some time to digest Chanh’s explanations, we began our night.

06.27 pm – 2 minutes walk and we arrived at Pho Quynh.

The stall where food is prepared.

Fresh leafy vegetables.

Plenty of chilli the ‘kick’ and lime for added flavour.

Bean sprouts.

Pho, pronounced as ‘fur’.

The first ever beer we tasted.

It was so, so, so, so tasty!!!!!!!! I liked the fact that many vegetables were included. Raw and full of nutrition. Healthy.

Vivian doing her job as the backup photog.

A mini basket was found at the bottom of every table.

07.19 pm – After dinner, we took a stroll along the park towards Ben Thanh night market.

Kids rehearsing for the real day.

The first time we crossed mad traffic at the Ben Thanh market junction.

The Ben Thanh night market was okay but we didn’t find anything that interested us.

If you’ve already shopped till your finances have dropped to VND 0, you can always have broiled beef at one of the stalls here.

Motorcycles, motorcycles.

A very commercialized bar called Crazy Buffalo.

08.09 pm – Arrived at the only bar in Bui Vien road

that sells fresh beer aka Bia Hoi / Bia Tuoi.

The brand of our Bia Hoi was 33.

1 liter costs only VND 6,000 or RM 1 or USD 0.30.

I drank from a cup while

she drank from the container.

Made new friends.

They just approached our table and asked if we could share and then we started talking. It was so quick.

09.56 pm – Bought myself a can of 333 beer from the hotel lobby.

Left it in the fridge.

Didn’t touch it until the last day to the airport, just like what happened during Philippines. Next time, beer consumption should happen only during meals and in bars.