Numpties and the final post…

So after 2 days of intense shopping, we are now very tired… It was only after we were walking back from today’s spree when we realised we’d been shopping in the wrong place. Ho Chi Minh is famous for the Ben Tanh markets and we thought they were fabulous too, until Olly spotted them on the way back from Saigon Square where we’d been. But, it was still a shoppers paradise and I’ve bought some very cheap, lovely clothes which I definitely didn’t need.

Another picture or the crazy streets…

We then realised we were almost peniless, so went to a bakery for lunch. Ol had a loaf of bread and 2 pot noodles – just a light snack before our journey.


We came back before we got kicked out of the room at midday and had a quick shower. We’re now lounging around waiting for the airport transfer, but we managed to sneak in a quick frozen yoghurt!


Yummy…

It’s been lovely writing the blog and hearing from you all everyday and I’m glad you could share our experiences with us. It seems bittersweet coming home but we’re excited to see everyone, even though I’m tempted to hop on a flight to Australia instead as it is so close (unfortunately Ol is missing his home comforts so he’s not agreeing). We can’t believe we’ve survived 5 weeks half way across the world, we’re so proud of everything we’ve done. We’ve made so many great memories and it’s been a laugh a minute – I’m so glad I have the blog to look back on whenever I need a boost. I’m sure there will be lots more adventures to come in the future as we’re always saying we want to travel more… 

We’re due to land in the UK around 8 a.m. so I’ll make sure everyone knows we’ve arrived safely somehow, or you can call me if you like 🙂 

We love you all lots and lots 

Al and Ol xxxxxxxxxx

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Shopping Spree

This morning, we got up very early to ensure we had enough time for our last buffet breakfast. Thankfully, we even had some time to chill before the bus.

Ol took this picture of the sunrise this morning when he went for a swim.

The bus was late, but we made it! When we stopped for a snack, I managed to walk into a wall and I’ve cut and bruised my leg (whoops) but no permanent damage. Dad, I think I get my clumsiness from you, cheers.

War wounds!

We got to Ho Chi Minh without any sick/frantic bus drivers and went out shopping for the best part of the afternoon. I bought the nicest North Face jacket for university (and possibly for when I get back to Manchester and freeze to death) and we’re going back tomorrow to spend some more.

I had a lovely frozen yoghurt but Ol was saving himself for his tea having had an Oreo milkshake…

Going out for tea now,

Speak tomorrow for my LAST blog (until our next adventure),

Lots of love,

Al and Ol xxxxxx

Last day in Can Tho : UPDATED

There’s not very much to blog for today. As usual, we’ve planned our day around food; we woke up early again for the buffet breakfast and ate until we nearly burst, then let it settle and went to the gym to burn all them calories.

Afterwards, I finished my 11th book and we both sunbathed for the last time…

Not your usual pool views!

We then got a pot noodle for lunch as we’re splashing out for tea (probably a pizza again) then going to the cinema at 6pm.

We’ve booked our bus to Ho Chi Minh for tomorrow ready for our final destination. 

Happy Birthday to G’ma and Grandad – I hope you both got your cards and had an ace day!

I’ll post tomorrow about the film, but let’s hope this bus journey is less horrific.

Lots of love,

Al and Ol xxxxxxxx

P.s. Just to update the post. Ol had pizza for tea (again) and I had some lovely pasta although I don’t think the Vietnamese understand that garlic needs chopping as they gave it to me whole! Suicide Squad was so good, we had an fabulous time for just £2 each. Of course, we each got a large popcorn as our dinner wasn’t enough.

Quick cinema selfie. Speak soon x

Last day in Can Tho

There’s not very much to blog for today. As usual, we’ve planned our day around food; we woke up early again for the buffet breakfast and ate until we nearly burst, then let it settle and went to the gym to burn all them calories.

Afterwards, I finished my 11th book and we both sunbathed for the last time…

Not your usual pool views!

We then got a pot noodle for lunch as we’re splashing out for tea (probably a pizza again) then going to the cinema at 6pm.

We’ve booked our bus to Ho Chi Minh for tomorrow ready for our final destination. 

Happy Birthday to G’ma and Grandad – I hope you both got your cards and had an ace day!

I’ll post tomorrow about the film, but let’s hope this bus journey is less horrific.

Lots of love,

Al and Ol xxxxxxxx

Early mornings are not for us…

It was terrible to wake up at 4.30 this morning knowing that we couldn’t have our buffet breakfast. Instead we were on our small, rickety boat for 5.30 am and making our way to the floating markets. As we were travelling on the river, we didn’t realise it would be choppy, so we got absolutely soaked in disease-ridden water! I was absolutely freezing and wrapped up and all Olly could do was complain; “I can’t believe I’m missing my breakfast for this stupid boat”, “why did we pay to get up so early” etc. etc. It didn’t help when a huge wave came and soaked him to the bone – it took all my willpower not to laugh as I didn’t want to irritate him anymore.

The sunrise was pretty though.

After 40 minutes, we made it. The boat driver didn’t speak a word of English so we got by by saying yes to everything and smiling.

The markets were chaotic, but it was interesting to see the difference in lifestyles as we’ve become so accustomed to supermarkets!

We then sailed to a rice noodle factory and it was very insightful to see how noodles are made out of a milky paste, that’s turned into a pancake and shredded – we were fascinated!


Above are stages 1-4; Oliver was clearly a natural. 

We then went down some lovely canals, although Olly was counting down the minutes until dinner time.

Our driver gestured for us to cross this flimsy bamboo bridge, so we both tried it, Ol a lot more confidently than me who was panicking about health and safety, crocodiles and heights!

 At this point, I was terrified. 
Mr.Fearless showing off!

We then walked for a bit to stretch our legs and returned back to our hotel, desperate for sleep and food.

Again, we went to the same cafe as yesterday and I had another coconut ice cream! Ol actually liked his lunch- spaghetti bolognaise which was a surprise.

I fell asleep for 3 hours after lunch but Ol did some laps of the pool and sunbathed. For tea, we had some more pizzas – and they made it onto Olly’s top 10 pizza list, so they must’ve been good…


 We’ve booked cinema tickets for tomorrow night to see Suicide Squad (in English) for less than £2 each! Of course, we stopped for a frozen yoghurt in the mall as it was on the way. I’m sure we will be up early again tomorrow as we are too excited for breakfast to sleep.


Speak soon,

Al and Ol

P.s. We can’t believe it’s our last day in Can Tho tomorrow!

Worlds worst beach!

This morning it was very sunny so after breakfast, I sunbathed whilst Ol went to the gym. But, the sun didn’t last long and soon the heavens opened so we cycled to a very cute cafe for lunch.

I ordered a noodle soup with coconut ice cream for dessert, but the ice cream came first so I had no choice but to eat it! Ol had a passion fruit juice and beef noodles but he wasn’t too keen. They brought me a glass of water over and I was worried it would upset my stomach so I took a sip and spat it straight out… What I didn’t realise was that it was coconut water and I thought I’d been poisoned at first.


Anyway, after our delicious lunch, we cycled to the beach which looked like it had been abandoned.

A rare picture of Oliver.It was definitely the worlds worst beach.

But, the streets looked pretty. We then went to KFC as Ol was craving popcorn chicken after not eating much lunch!

We cycled back to the hotel and chilled until dinner time, when there was a lovely sunset. We went to the roof to see it (although there was restricted access) and I got wobbly legs because of the height.

We’re getting up at 4.30 tomorrow for a tour of the floating markets, so going to get an early night.

Lots of love,

Al and Ol xxxxxx

A-level Geographers?

This morning, we had a lie-in as it was chucking it down! We filled up on the HUGE buffet and went to the gym. We then swam and chilled on the rooftop pool and the Sun came out for us, eventually…

By this time, we were starving so headed towards Can Tho beach (a sandy section of the Mekong – we only wanted to go to see how bad it would be), but we went completely the wrong way and unfortunately ended up having a KFC for lunch.

We then cycled over a bridge and ended up on a motorway road, so decided to retreat back to the mall after our morning triathlon (run,bike,swim).

I had a baileys frozen yoghurt and Olly had Oreo flavoured. We decided frozen yoghurt is best with fruit, baileys and Oreos are better in ice cream!

After our snack, we went back to the arcade and played basketball again, managing to get 256 baskets in 3 minutes – yay!

When we came back to the room to get ready for dinner, we decided we’ve been totally uncultured so have booked a tour of the floating markets, farms and factories for the day after next (we didn’t want to do tomorrow as it was a 5 am get up!) 

Tonight, we went to a fab restaurant for tea although Olly wasn’t impressed as the beef was too tough and his noodle sauce tasted like fish apparently, but my passion fruit mojito and pork noodle soup was soooo nice!

After dinner, we explored the night markets and it took a lot of willpower to not buy ANYTHING! There were so many clothes, I wanted Ray Bans and dresses and Olly wanted the football shirts and designer caps, but we’ve decided to leave our spending until Ho Chi  Minh! Tomorrow, we are going to exercise in the morning and then find the beach, fingers crossed we can read the map better!

Speak soon,

Al and Ol xxxxxxx

(Semi-professional triathletes)