Sunday, July 3, 2016

Days 1 + 2 + 3 #TheAsianAdventure

We left Surrey shortly after 10 am (thanks mom, for the ride to the airport...) on Tuesday May 31, arriving at our hotel in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, just before midnight on June 1.

These are my thoughts regarding long flights:

  • Do what Sue suggests; if you're on Air Canada, choose Premium Economy. The seats recline. (Further than they do in Economy.) You are given a travel packet that includes socks, a blanket, eye mask, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other necessities that I can't remember right now. PLUS you can choose your meal OFF A MENU of tasty options. We both chose the beef dinner and it was better than any beef meal I've made myself; Which I admit, isn't hard to do. But it was such an added bonus:

  • Even though you get on the plane at 1:30 and watch a movie to pass the time, then are fed an amazing meal right after that, do what Sue suggests (and what everyone does); pretend it's nighttime and go to sleep. So we took our sleeping pills just as the lights were dimmed and the blinds closed and fell asleep. There may have been snacks, (well, according to the menu there was...) but I don't remember them. I just remember waking up and it was morning in Korea. 
  • We had a 5 hour layover so we had a meal. Of Pho. (Pronounced Phuuuuuhhhh in a lazy way; like you lost interest halfway through saying it.) We walked around and looked at shops then settled in at our gate til it was time to leave. 

  • We arrived in Ho Chi Minh at midnight in that time zone, which was really 10am in Vancouver. (But when in Rome... ) This; our room. Notice the glass bathroom walls so that the other person in the room can watch you do your business like it's the evening's entertainment. 

We went straight to bed after determining that there WAS in fact, a roller blind that we could pull down. For privacy.
Then, we slept. Because, travel fatigue. Plus it was night time. And we had sleeping pills. (Which apparently are addictive, according to my wise travel mate. So once we got used to the 13 hour time difference, we cut em in half, or went without. Because, addiction sucks. Avoid it if you can.)

When we got up in the morning, around 8 am, right in time for the most amazing complimentary breakfast buffet:

The breakfast buffets are incredible at The Liberty Central. I won't go on and on about the food, but if you're ever in Vietnam, be sure to stay in this chain. I can't stress that enough... seriously great free breakfasts.

My fav spot in the buffet tho, was the juice bar. Six fresh squeezed options every morning. I loved the Watermelon-Mango-Guava-Pineapple mix.

And then?

We went outside.

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