Vietnam Diaries: The heat is on in Saigon

I’m in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. I arrived yesterday, 35 minutes after midnight, and I’m leaving the city tomorrow afternoon.

It’s my first time in Vietnam and so far, I’m loving it. I’m loving the food an awful lot, though I seem to be the only one not enamored with the ban mi (baguette sandwich).

Nazuna at the Notre Dame
Nazuna and the Notre Dame

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Bungy Jumping at the Macau Tower

I was all set to take it easy in Macau, when a reminder from 43 things came into my inbox. The reminded was for a SkyJump, but I ended up doing a bungy jump instead (something I never though I’d ever do). Upon reading the reminder, I quickly Googled for the Macau Tower bungy and found the necessary information. I was so gung ho, I was literally jumping in my seat as I read through the requirements.

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AJ Hackett Bungy at the Macau Tower

The jump was always in my mind in the days before and during the trip. When we arrived in Macau, I found myself looking at the tower in amazement — though most of the time I refrain from looking at it, as if to deny its existence. It felt so real when we were actually in Macau, and up until the last moment (well, until I got my ticket which says “no refund”), I asked myself if I really wanted to do it.
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Air Asia Free Seats to Bangkok

We all know the riots in Bangkok. A lot of us who had plans to visit the Thai capital have either canceled their trip, or are still praying that things turn for the better soon. Things seem to be going back to normal in BKK, and to help boost Thailand’s tourism, which was hit hard by the riots, Air Asia is giving out 10,000 free seats to Bangkok from ASEAN countries and China.

Air Asia Bangkok Zero Fare

The sale started at midnight, and unlike other Air Asia sales wherein the site is painfully slow the first few hours of the sale, the servers earlier were surprisingly fast. Seems like people are still hesitant to go to Bangkok.

Wei and I were talking about the sale, and he told me about this awesome site that lets you easily find the lowest fare available on The tool is very easy to use too — just select your origin and destination from the drop down box, and select whether it’s for a round trip or one-way flight. The site will go through all of Air Asia’s available flights for those destinations. Pretty nifty eh? No need to go through each date to find a zero fare! Now I wonder, do they also get bogged down when Air Asia has their massive sale?

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Day 4: Delving into Macau’s heritage and jumping off the Macau Tower

Our last day in Macau was relaxed compared to the past two days. We even started later than the usual: 9:45am. Our first destination was Mandarin House, a restored traditional Chinese-style compound. Tucked in an unassuming street surrounded by Western-style buildings, it’s a gem. Built around 1881, this former residence of Zheng Guanying has been restored to its former glory. It was only open to the public this year, so the Mandarin House is pretty bare. Still, it’s an interesting stop and a great addition to Macau’s heritage sites.

Mandarin House
At the Mandarin House

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Day 3: Lots of walking and lots of food in Macau

Too exhausted to write a complete recap of today’s activity, so I’m just going to list down the places we went to, with some notes.

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Dancing at the Camoes Garden

Camoes Garden
Lovely place on a hill where the people of the neighborhood go for their exercises and tai chi. The highlight was this foot massage by pebbles where we had to walk sans shoes through a pebbled path. Rather painful and quite an ordeal, but once we put on our shoes and walked on the paved path, it felt oh so good.
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