09.06.2010 32 °C
Arrived in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam after quite long bus journey after which I had a particularly sweaty backside. First impressions not good. The roads are nearly impossible to cross as they're constantly packed and ofter quite wide, there is the usual hassle from touts/moto guys etc and English doesn't seem to be spoken as widely as in the other countries.
Visited the ? palace and then the war remnant museum. It was another sad & sombre experience much like visiting Tuol Sleng and the killing fields in Cambodia. Horrific injuries, deformed children and horrible suffering was everywhere and looking at some of the pictures it was again hard to hold back the tears (although thankfully I managed to do so!) Found a few decent bars to go to at night, too. J notched number 10 for the trip last night, can't blame him, she was lovely!
Got robbed after quite a heavy one when we met a great guy from Indonesia. Was heading home via the 24 hour shop when 2 girls on a moto offered a 'massage'. We politely declined, but upon leaving the shop they had done a full circle around the side alleys and ended up following us down our alley. The girl groping me asking to massage was horrible and looked drugged/drunk even in my inebriated state. Somehow she managed to worm my wallet and phone out of my pocket before jumping back on her accomplices' moto and speeding off. I didn't even notice until we were back in the room. What a prat - I lost a phone (albeit a cheap one) and about 2 million dong.