My first full day in Vietnam was filled with real life frogger, intoxicating and repulsive smells, feeling like a lost child, failed attempts at napping and an impromptu motorbike tour. When the sun set, my fun continued as I met up with an old friend from Korea who's now teaching in Saigon. We grabbed dinner and a few drinks before meeting up with his friends for a birthday celebration. We shared old memories of Korea (coincidentally half his friends used to live in our town in Gumi) and a few drinks before I decided to call it a night, catching up on my overdue sleep. I was up early the next morning and set my sights on the War Remnant Museum, one of the only tourist attractions in HCMC that I had any interest in.
I was warned that I'd either love it or hate it. For some Vietnam is a food and adventure paradise while others just can't seem to find their grove. With a turbulent history and remains of division between north and south, it's an interesting place to say the least.