After 3 weeks in Cambodia it was time to move on. Next destination – the Philippines. It wasn’t easy to find a cheap direct flight from Cambodia. So I ended up to take the bus from Sihanoukville via Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh. It was a 13 hours trip and we had no problems at all at the border. So far all crossings went pretty well – fingers crossed ? Ho Chi Minh wasn’t more than a sort of layover. I don’t wanted to waste my free visa, so I decided to stay there for 3 nights.
Ho Chi Minh is so far the craziest city I have been to. So many scooter, the traffic there is unbelievable and the food – yummy – the food was so amazing. I found a really good blog and tried typically Vietnamese food as recommended at local places. I literally was the only not Vietnamese person there, but the food was insane. So far I like the food there the most. Once you are in Vietnam you have to try different meals and shakes: Guanabana Shake (Sinh Tô Mãng Câu) and Tāc Smoothie, big rice pancake with pork, shrimp & coconut peaks (Bánh Xèo Tôm Thit Cù Hū Dùa), Pho Bo, Bun Thit Nuong, Grilled quail egg cake, Banh Mi, Bánh Xèo Giá Sông and Cháo Nâm Hài Sàn. I heard that the coffee is supposed to be really good. I didn’t try it so far, but maybe later I will at least one time.
The second day I did all the tourist stuff (Norte Dame Cathedrale & Ben Thanh Market) and checked out a rooftop bar (Ben Thanh Tower). If you would ask me, 2-3 days in Ho Chi Minh are enough for sure. There isn’t much to see or to do at least in Ho Chi Minh City. On my last day I tried to find the best and cheapest flight to Manila and also how to get from there to Dumaguete and from there to Siquijor Island. Besides that, I had to find a good hostel as well. I spent almost 3 hours to figure all these Things out. I guess that’s the priceyou pay if you want to be flexible and spontaneous ?
So thats the plan how to get to Siquijor Island
Flight Manila to Dumaguete at 1:35 am – layover in Manila for 4 hours – flight from Manila to Dumaguete at 9:30am – driving with a scooter to the Port of Dumaguete and take the ferry there to Siquijor Island – once I’m at Siquijor Island I’ll rent a scooter to drive to my hostel. Will see how it goes ?
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To be honest, at my last day I felt like I want to stay here for one more night for whatever reason, but that’s how it is. Move on and fall in love with other places ….