This year we made a visa run to Saigon, as a Nordic citizen you do not need a visa to Vietnam if you stay 15 days. Just show your return ticket to the passport control and you can stay 15 days.
This is the first time we have made such a short trip, normally we stay 3 month. So how did we spend our days? Coffee, Beers and Crocodiles.
Vietnam have probably among the best coffee in the world, and as usual it is best enjoyed at a small street cafe so that you can enjoy the vibrant life around you. But since we very visiting for so few days, we did not enjoy the street life at all, it was in our ears only a loud annoying traffic noise all the time, combined with high pollution leading to sore throat and red eyes.
Beer – this was much more easier to enjoy. Quite many new and exclusive craft beer pubs has started, we visited only one of them, Pasteur Brewing Company. The beer was good, but expensive, and with the lack of any Vietnamese customers in the pub, this could have been located anywhere in the world. Everything has become more expensive since our last visit (2014) except the microbrew bars. Here the prices was the same as before, but the number of Vietnamese customers had really increased. Our favorite this time was visiting at Bigman Beer during lunch time and observe all the different business lunches. You could see some bring tons of paper and documents to hand over to their business partner, but after the first hand shake the other part will just drink beer and do not look at any of the documents at all. On some other tables you find the small company with the boss celebrating some special occasion with their staff. After a while many around the table are rather drunk and we wonder who will fall asleep first. When leaving, they all go down to the garage and drive out on their motorbike(!)
Some years ago we visited a very strange theme park outside Saigon. Time for a new visit to Suo Tien theme park, including everything from temples, water park, amusement park, zoo, crocodile farm and of course a lot of restaurant and food stall. I wanted to revisit the crocodiles and feed them. Last time we visited we were almost the only one there, this time the park was rather crowded, and the crocodile not very easy to tease with a bit of red meat.
Much more fun was actually the horror house, if you were able to go by yourselves and not have any young Vietnamese in front or back. Why? They go with the torch light on the phone, destroying all the fun. The idea is to get into the dark and be scared. The Harry Potter house was great, with a mix of dolls and humans grabbing you. The Buddist Hell (Unicorn palace) would have been great if the light on all the phones had been banned. You kind of mising the point going into the darkness, bringing light with you.