Thursday, July 05, 2007


Shopping. That is all I want to do in Saigon. Shop Shop Shop. We got into Saigon and checked into the BEST hotel in Việt Nam. For a 2 star that cost 25 dollars a night, we got a room that looked like a suite. Impeccably clean with lush beds, couches, AC, and a huge tub. We were also across the street from the biggest market in Saigon so I could walk out and start shopping asap.
I found everything I was looking for. My shotglasses, my pajamas, a robe, coffee, a tea set, and chopstick holders were all found so I was very happy. I even got presents!! Mom bought so much crap that we filled all 12 pieces of luggage so I was limited on my things.

We were right next to Phỏ 2000, a phỏ restaurant that Bill Clinton went to when he was visiting Việt Nam. I didn’t think it was as good as alley phỏ but hey, he’s the president. Next to it was Phỏ 24, which is a fancier place to eat but the prices were 10,000 Đông higher. Big deal. So it costs $1.30 for a bowl of Phỏ. The atmosphere was why it was higher but we did like it so we went back twice.

Our last day spent massively shopping and eating as much phỏ as possible. At 3 pm, we headed out to the airport and the whole Châu Sơn priesthood came with us. They all stayed until we were literally on the plane. We’ll definitely make plans to come back much sooner because this trip has been absolutely incredible and could only have been so with their help.

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed the pics!


  1. i ate at pho 2000 b/c of bill clinton!!! and b/c lonely planet recommended it. lol!

    looks like you guys had TONS of fun! awesome pics!

  2. Thank you so much for posting these! My husband is Vietnamese and I have always wanted to take our kids and go with his family to visit there. I am not sure it will ever happen as his mother is getting a bit frail. But it was fun to read about your travels.

    Judy (Lyle's sister)

  3. Judy - Thank you so much for reading and so glad you enjoyed it! It was an AMAZING trip, and I understand your concerns. My father is 75 years old this year, and has not seen VN since 1975. We have never gone back til now, and it was a trip of a lifetime.

    If you have any questions or planning a trip, don't hesitate to ask!

    BTW, I've seen your blog from Lyle's page, and your kids are absolutely adorable and stunning. What a beautiful family ^_^


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