Day 4 – We started our day waking up the same time as the previous 2 days even though we’re not going on any day trips today. But rather becos today was our last day in HCMC and we wanted to do all the remaining things on our checklist before catching the flight at 5pm back to Singapore.
Breakfast was the usual egg, bread, coffee, juice and banana but it still tasted delicious even after eating the same thing for 3 days straight. We settled our bills with the hotel early without checking out so that we know exactly how many VND we have remaining to spend at the market place. Chanh also included the taxi fare from the hotel to the airport as part of the bill as he will ready a taxi for us when we check out. Really good service.
We set off to the Post Office and took lots of pictures on this bright sunny morning. We then visited the interior of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Next, we went over to the Post Office and mailed a postcard back to our Singapore address. Gee… After a quick stroll around these 2 places of interest, we realized we were running short of time and decided to head directly to Ben Thanh market for a last minute shopping spree.
We arrived and Ben Thanh market in good time with about 2 hours to spare before checking out. We visited the shops that we had purchased items from on Day 1 to save time. We bought 2 big ticket items there, a winter jacket for our upcoming Japan trip and a pair of outdoor Nike shoes also for our Japan trip. Both are genuine goods and at an unbeatable price. :D
We then spend our last few dollars (luckily we had some left) on lunch, again at Pho 2000. For our last taste of Vietnamese food before we board our planes, we ordered a bowl of pho and a bowl of curry with rice and bread. Needless to say, it was greatly satisfying. Yum yum.
Upon arriving back at our hotel, we packed out luggages and checked out of the hotel room so that Chanh can ready it for his next guest. He was so nice to us throughout our stay and we did not want to hold up his business. Our 1 luggage and 2 backpacks when we arrived at HCMC become 2 luggage and 3 backpacks. Any experienced traveler will know that returning luggage is always larger than arriving luggage becos of all the wonderful shopping to be done during the trip. Lol. The taxi was waiting for us, Chanh helped with the luggage, and off we go to the airport.
As we catch the last glimpse of the now natural looking Vietnam traffic, we realized how much we have learnt from their culture over the past 4 days, and how much we had enjoyed their hospitality. Everyone we met in Vietnam was very warm towards us and that made our trip all the more memorable and fulfilling. We were sad to have to leave so soon. There are so much more we have yet to experience. As we bid farewell to this charming country of Vietnam, we began looking ahead for our next visit to Vietnam. Ha Tien, Vung Tau, Phan Thiet, Nha Trang, Dalat, Buon Ma Thuot, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Sapa…