Day 4 – Ho Chi Min to Singapore
The day for our flight back to Singapore for our very short trip had arrived. We had a very good night sleep on our very comfy bed and woke up refreshed. We bought some pastries during our shopping the previous day so we need not head to the restaurant for breakfast. We already had had buffet breakfasts in Mui Ne the previous two days, so we had something light this time. Coffee we made on our own was good too.
After our light breakfast, we approached concierge to request for information on shopping near Novotel Saigon Hotel as we didn’t wish to go too far because we had to check out and head to the airport later. We were given some recommendations on three fashion shops nearby. As it was still early and those shops were not opened yet, we decided to explore the Tan Dinh Market nearby.
We turned left and walked on crossing some traffic junctions. It was before 9 am and it was rush hour in the morning. Traffic on the roads was heavy and some motorbikes even rode up the pavements where we walked so it was quite chaotic, not to mention very noisy.
Eventually, we reached Tan Dinh Market. Due to the heavy traffic, we took quite a while before we managed to get across the road to the market. One reason we wished to visit Tan Dinh Market was to compare this market with Ben Thanh Market that we visited previously. Another reason was my wife was helping our girls to look for stuffs they might need.
The market was busy so early in the morning. The lanes were very narrow and hard to navigate. After spending some time exploring Tan Dinh Market and having bought some stuffs for our girls, we left the market.
We walked back towards Novotel Saigon Hotel. The traffic was still heavy, chaotic and noisy. The famous Pink Cathedral along the way was interesting. After taking a few pictures, we moved on.
We walked past Le Van Tam Park in the busy part of this district so at least there was some greenery other than the chaotic concrete buildings with unsightly electric cables hanging overhead this part of town. This park seemed to be quiet during this time. It might be busier earlier in the morning or later in the evening.
Near to Novotel Saigon Hotel, we located the three fashion shops so we spent quite some time there shopping for clothes. Having made our purchases, we continued our way to return to the hotel.
We went into our favourite bakery, the Tous Ies Jours. We liked the bread and pastries here. So we bought a box of bread to bring home and then returned to Novotel Saigon Hotel just around the corner.
We returned to our room, repacked with our shopping done this morning and then showered to get ready for lunch. We went back to the Square Restaurant for lunch. Since we liked the local dishes here, we had local food for lunch. The food was again very tasty and good.
After lunch, we went back to our room, brushed up and packed our bags and then went to the lobby to check out. Having paid our bills, we went to concierge to request for a Mai Linh taxi to the airport. Within minutes, a taxi pulled up and we boarded and were on our way to the airport.
In about 30 minutes, we arrived at the airport. We approached Jetstar counter to process check in and collect our boarding passes. After that we cleared immigration and entered the secured area of the departure hall. As we were still early, we did some window shopping in the airport until it was time for us to board our flight to Singapore.
Eventually, the plane from Singapore arrived. Having cleared the plane for boarding, we were invited to board our flight home. There wasn’t any delay and we had a smooth and safe flight back to Changi Airport. We had a quick dinner after clearing immigration before heading home. After getting a cab, we were homeward bound.
This short trip was satisfying. We were happy to have a chance to visit Mui Ne, and we especially enjoyed the great time we had on the red sand dune. Ho Chi Min City was just a stopover where it was a place for some shopping. Although Mui Ne is only about five hours bus journey away, we probably will not return any time soon.
There are many other places to explore in Vietnam. We had been to Nha Trang, Dalat and the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Min City. Perhaps it is time we return to Ho Chi Min City in the near future to head out to other nearby destinations. Making our way to Phnom Penh from Ho Chi Min City might be a good idea. Until Jetstar launches another too good to miss airfare promotion, we will await another adventure to other destination via Ho Chi Min City.