Saigon.  Saigon sans children.  Sigh.

Tim and I departed for our couple’s weekend away on New Years Day.  We’ve been good about sneaking away each year without the kids, so 2015 got taken care of quick!  Grandma Linda settled in for a lot of grandkid time.  They had a fabulous weekend, and we did too.  Tim and I had each been to Saigon before, 13 and 15 years previous, and loved it.  We were worried some of the magic would have worn away, but found it to be just as charming and wonderful as we we remembered, with a bit less of the backpacker feel.

Saigon is a quick 4 hour journey from Penang, and even with a noon departure, it wasn’t even dark by the time we arrived, got our visas and checked into our hotel.  We headed out for drinks and food, two things which dominated our 3 days in Vietnam.  The food was magnificent.  Each meal.  Spring rolls, noodles, pho, ban mi, salads, seafood, greens and herbs and freshness.  Even the hotel breakfast was delicious.  Coming from an Asian food paradise, this is saying something.  The coffee too, locally grown, was rich and delicious.

So we spent the first day eating, drinking coffee, then eating more than we could have imagined when we went to a cooking class and learned to prepare these amazing foods.  Luckily there was walking to be done as well, and we traipsed all over the city, visiting the War Remnants Museum and learning as much about the US in the 1970s as Vietnam.  We walked, Tim stopping to take photos all the way.  Here’s these guys proving printed news is not dead:

Just the two of us, of course we had to have time time on bikes.


No, no. Not that kind.  Bicycles.

We arranged to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, taking a boat up the Saigon River, then pedaling through cool rubber plantations and on dirt paths for 30km before arriving at the tunnels.  That night, we attended the AO Show, one of the best live performances we have seen!  A final morning in Saigon, we hired a Cyclo driver to borrow his ride (then hired another cyclo to drive him around behind us).  Tim loved the looks we got cyclo-ing around.

It was time to head home.  We were refreshed, and loved every minute of our holiday.  We even made it home early.