SaiGoN I | 发现越南之胡志明市 Discovering Saigon, Vietnam



Ho Ho Ho, 终于来到了 胡志明市 Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) 或人人更熟悉的 西贡Saigon。我对越南这个国家充满了期待及神秘感,小时常常听到Miss Saigon,是否意味着 Saigon 的小姐特别美呢?

Ho Ho Ho, I came to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) or well known by majority as Saigon. Vietnam is a country full mystery. I always heard of Miss Saigon during my childhood, meaning Saigon ladies are pretty?




马航好难吃的法兰西烤面包

Awful French Toast by MAS



越南,于人一种欲拒还迎的感觉。当飞机越过上空,看见的是与曼谷类似的建筑及河流,却看不见它的繁华。走出机场时,有点被炸到。等候厅竟然是机场入境厅的门外,而且人山人海,那时我比较慢走出,所以走过人群时,只有我一人,搞到大家的眼睛很自然的就看向我这儿,突然觉得自己好像某某巨星那样,哈哈!

Vietnam, I perceived that they are rejecting you yet attracting you. From the panoramic view right from the sky, I found some similarities of rivers and structures between Bangkok and Saigon. But Saigon, more neglected. Walking out from the custom clearance, the waiting hall is exactly at the entrance of arriving hall, crowds were waiting for particular ones, while I'm passing them alone, I can see there are thousands people eyed on me, makes me feel like I'm a Superstar.




踏入这城市,看见的是成千上万的摩托骑士,没规划的交通系统,你想怎么走就怎么走,我行我素。而当地的摩托骑士索性当起摩托的士,有合法亦有霸王的,大家都是载客找生计。在这儿过马路得看左才看右,而且还必须非常小心,因为摩托骑士只会避开你,不会让你。太多的摩托骑士也造成空气污染,不难发现当地的骑士都是以自制口罩或手巾蒙面当口罩。鸣笛声则有如交响乐般,每一分、每一秒,大家都在这城市里起舞。

It's not hard for you to see motorists once you are in the city. The discipline and control of traffic is totally a mess, everyone on the street seems like a king, whenever, wherever you go, it's totally “my way”. Numerous motorists becoming taxi rider, they are licensed but mostly are not, giving anyone who need a lift and at the same time, earning extra income. Crossing the roads here is rather difficult, totally upside down from Malaysia and need to be extra careful as the motorists here would not give way to you, they will only avoiding you. Weather over here obviously has seriously been polluted due to the tones of motorists and vehicles. Majority of riders here would have mask themselves with towels or handmade mask. Noise pollution is everywhere. Honk has become a culture here, whenever you go, wherever you are, even when you are on bed, the honk is still goes around, never sleep.




最奇怪的就是这儿的建筑工程,不到夜晚九时都不动工,每天晚上都吵死人,有够讨厌!当我深入了解后才发现,当地政府为了保护当地人民安全着想,才实施白天不准重型货车在城市里穿梭,只有到夜晚九时后,他们才可自由出入。我想这可能就是越南的文化。

I feel weird when I realised that the workers of construction site only started working after 9pm, you hardly can calm your mind or get a good night sleep. However, this is one of the restrictions from government. The local authority has issued a curfew that heavy trucks are only allowed to be in town after 9pm, this is to protect the safety of the citizen as majority of citizen are cycling or riding.




这儿温度适中,只有二十八九度,再猛的阳光,我也感觉不到太阳的那股热情。入夜后,只有二十四五度。一整天待在家,根本无须风扇或冷气。友人告知只是这几个月的空气有点反常,之前则热得很。

Temperature and weather here is comfortable, majority is only 28 or 29 degrees Celsius, hardly you can feel the passionate heat of the sun. During night time, the temperature decreased to 24 or 25 degrees Celsius. It's not a problem if you would like to stay at home for the whole day, you do not need fan nor air-conditioner. But according to my buddy, the cold weather was a sudden change, previously the weather was very hot.




越南的货币是越南盾,美元亦普遍,但在越南使用美元等同被“砍菜头”。到越南前,记得将马币转换为美元,然后才在越南换越南盾。越南盾在大马不是主要货币,同样的在越南,马币亦不算主要货币,所以并不值得在哪更换。

Offical currency of Vietnam is Vietnam Dong (VND), US Dollar (USD) is quite common here, but it's not worth to use it as the charges would be higher. Before departing to Vietnam, make sure you have bought USD with your Ringgit Malaysia (MYR), then sell USD in Vietnam to get VND. VND in Malaysia is not one of the main currencies, so do Ringgit Malaysia, hence, both are not valuable to each others.


真市值 MYR1 = VND4780
Actual Worldwide Rate, MYR1 = VND4,780

更换率 MYR1 = VND4000(大马) VND4128(越南)
Exchange Rate, MYR1 = VND4,000 (Malaysia) VND4,218 (Vietnam)

所以我用了MYR1092换了USD300, USD1 = MYR3.64
I have utilised MYR1092 to get USD300, USD1=MYR3.64

再用USD290换了VND5,070,000, USD1 = VND17482
Then sell USD290 to get VND5.07 million, USD1=VND17,428

如果根据真市值以VND5,070,000换回马币,那就是MYR1060
If we are to follow actual worldwide rate, VND5.07million = MYR1060




在越南使用美元是一件很笨的行为,因为我就是那傻瓜!机场旅游的士算我USD8,相等于VND139,856,啊~~~好贵啊!!!还好那的士司机走错路,连自己也去到“荷兰”,还撞了不少东西,可笑!这儿的的士大多都是丰田Toyota Vios或Innova,一上车就是 VND12,000,一跳就是 VND2,000,和大马价格的不分上下。

Using USD in Vietnam is considered as retarded, and I am that idiot! The Airport Tourist Taxi has charged me USD8 for a short route, which equals to VND139,856, it is damn expensive! But lucky to say that the driver has lost and went to dead end, even banged on something, muahahahaha! Majority of taxis here are using Toyota Vios and Innova, initial on board charges starting from VND12,000, next charge would be flopping at VND2,000 per click, about the same as Malaysia.


朋友则提醒我三样必须注意的事项。
My friends has warned me on 3 issues that need to be taken care of:-

1.别带着手提电脑到处走。如真的要带就坐的士。
Do not bring laptop hanging around. If there is a need, cab would be the best choice.

2.别带那么多现金到处走。有必要时才换越南盾。
Do not hanging around with much cash on hand. Only exchange it whenever you need VND.

3.看到有外来客到家中做客,如果不是很熟悉,就要看好有价值的钱包及手机。
Do keep your valuable goods such as wallet and handphone whenever there is not so close or unknown guests are paying a visit.




到达的第一天,我并没有出街,反而留在家休息,因为坐飞机真的很累!再加上去机场前,我依然忙着收拾衣物,根本没睡到。一直到夜晚,才和数位友人到餐馆吃晚餐。晚餐后则到有如Starbucks Coffee的Highlands Coffee。大马人爱喝Limau Ais,越南人呢?Lime Soda Water!就是将Lime Juice倒入Soda Water,无糖,所以完全不用kurang manis咯!试试看吧!

I did not go out on the first day, rather resting at home after a long hours flight. Furthermore, I was awake to pack my luggage before departure. Only at night, my friend brought me to have dinner in a western foods restaurant with couple friend. After dinner, they brought me to a cafe named Highlands Coffee, the concept is about the same as Starbucks Coffee. In Malaysia, most people like Limau Ais, but in Vietnam, they like mixing Lime Juice with Soda Water, it's sugarless, totally no need “kurang manis”. You should give it a try too.


很多人说越南美女多,星探都会在此找模特儿。老实说,美女我看到的并不多,帅哥反而多得很!男的娶越南婆,女的大可考虑“娶”越南公哦!

I heard a lot telling me that Vietnam is full of beauty, agent would be around to seek for model. Frankly, I did not see much pretty girls, but handsome boys are more. If guys could marry Vietnamese girls, I believe girls could marry Vietnamese guys too!




距离越南不远处,我发现了一座美丽的岛屿。她的外形是不是很像我国雪邦第一方程式的赛车场呢?有人抄袭?

Not far away from Vietnam, I found an amazing island. But don't you think it is shaped like Sepang F1 Circuit? Any copycat?

2 Responses
  1. Feeling Says:

    呵呵!应该拍些越南公来和我们分享大饱眼福嘛!!真不够朋友啦你!!:p


  2. Vin vin Says:

    你也太厉害了吧!
    还翻译去英文!
    我没有去过越南!
    好像很不错似的~


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