I am currently in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam writing this with the biggest Pho-induced food coma. Pho is the Vietnamese signature disk, beef broth and rice noodles garnished with fresh herbs. It’s delicious. I am on a quest to find the best Pho in HCMC. I kind of planned this trip last minute and am staying with a old friend from Tokyo who lives here now. This is my second trip here and in the last two years the city has changed tremendously, cleaned up, new construction, etc.
My first few days have been surreal. The smells, the noise, the traffic, just crossing the street involves a great deal of blind faith. The traffic is mostly scooters with a few cabs, bicycles, and cyclos. Waiting for a slight break in traffic and then darting is sure suicide. And, the traffic lights, when they do exist, are even more dangerous as they give you a false sense of security (they are rarely heeded). The trick is to just go walking slowly, deliberately, and at a constant pace; the traffic will swerve to accommodate you.
Next I am off to Laos for a few days.