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Vietnam October 2010 Trip Highlights
by Lea Xu
Louie and I took a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia during the National holiday last month. This trip just he and I went and accompanied some other three couples from Chicago, Florida and New York. It has been a long time since I traveled without kids, so this trip was relaxing and very much enjoyable with our fine travel companions. I am sharing some brief highlights here of our time.
Our first city in Vietnam was Saigon and it‘s a great place to start. Saigon has very westernized parts of the city and it is more or less like Shanghai for China. One of the first nights there, we went to a local restaurant; it was a lovely little, open-air restaurant which was family run. It is one of those places where you can watch people cook everything. And they served it all, crab, frog legs, you name it --- my favorite was frog legs. It’s all simple, nothing fancy and just very tasty. The atmosphere was friendly and homey. It was raining, we were squeezed under the tent and drink beers. Our guide and the restaurant owner played guitar and sang songs for us – “I love you more than I can say.” It reminded me of many similar outside restaurants in China.
The next evening we went to a local bar (I haven’t been in a bar in years, maybe 20 years or soJ ). Once we walked into the bar, it felt like we had been transported to Shanghai or New York. There were mostly foreigners there and the bar attendants were very tall, beautiful Vietnamese college girls. We were getting lots of attention, so our friend Michael who is an investment banker from NY joked that he knew he could not be in NY, because he could not get bar attendant’s attention there. The first day we stopped in at a little coffee shop and there were full of business people talking. Some were dressed in business suits and working on laptops. Ten years ago, when I first watched the Broadway show Miss Saigon while visiting NY; I always wanted to visit Saigon. I did it today and love the beautiful Miss Saigon in Vietnam and the county.