From the title, you can tell that we are definitely going back to Vietnam again! *laugh*
When? Probably next March school holidays.
We love to travel during the March School Holidays when the price is not at its peak, unlike June and December school holidays. As for September holiday? Nah, too many school work, as teachers try to catch up on unfinished syllabus.
So, for us, March school holidays will be the only time we will go traveling. *smile*
I do not believe in traveling by plane to a foreign country when my children are not capable of sitting still for long.
I do not see how I could enjoy my overseas trip when I have so much to worry and my child could only use his cries and screams to communicate with me.
Now that Kitkit is 9 and Binbin is 7, whereby they are independent enough to bring themselves home from school ; YES, its time for an overseas trip by plane.
I was pleasantly surprised when Allan told me that his secondary school friend owns a traveling agency in Vietnam. To me, it was perfect timing when he came back to Singapore earlier this year and we get to meet up.
He showed us so many photos of different places in Vietnam that looked so fun! We wanted to go to EVERY destination that he presented when he was at our new house. But Alas! We only have 5 days. Too many places, too little time.
It was so difficult to narrow down and a little hair pulling experience for me at first, as I do not know which to forgo. *sigh*
We do NOT like to go with tour groups, so this Vietnam trip is a customised trip just for my family. Private tour guide, personal drivers, tailored-made vacation. Totally awesome!
Waking the boys up at 4am+, when the sky is still glittering with stars, was no tug-of-war when they know they are going to have their VERY FIRST plane ride in less than 3 hours.
Luckily, Allan took a couple of photos in the airport.
Alright, this is supposed to be a happy post, quit sulking! *slap in the face*
Kitkit’s first time going through the electronic gantry was chaotic. In fact, more or less like with any other ‘NEW‘ things that we experience together as a family. He will have issues which none of us have.
Allan went through the thumb print scan without a problem.
He scanned his passport.
He pressed his right thumb down on the scanning screen.
Then the screen rejected him and asked him to come back to my side and try all over again.
He tried again.
He did EVERYTHING RIGHT!
He retried so many times!
I held my firstborn’s sweaty palms (it must have been nerve racking for him) and walked over.
The officer did the clearance for both Kitkit and I.
Kitkit’s nerves were quickly calmed after 2 pieces of toasts, when we had our breakfast near the waiting area.
I took a number of shots as we approached the boarding gate, but as you know, they were gone with my ‘dead‘ memory card. Even the shot on Kitkit sipping his FIRST BEVERAGE on his FIRST PLANE RIDE was gone too.
Its a photo to be treasured!
He sat with me, while Binbin sat with Allan.
Allan wanted the kids to have a souvenir to bring home from their first experience of cruising in the sky and he bought the Jetstar keychain for them. It makes sound and lights up too. One each.
The ride was smooth and the kids were at their best behaviour. Kitkit chatted with me throughout the entire journey, while the other two, who were siting behind us, snored away.
Did they enjoy their first flight?
Allan’s friend could not be with us because he had some personal matters to attend to, but he had arranged an awesome tour guide for us. I can say so now because I have come back from the 5 days 4 nights trip already. In my future posts, I will share a little of what she did for my boys and us, as a family. Very moved by her many gestures of love.
After we collected our luggage from the belt and walked out of the glass doors of Tan Son Nhat Airport, we were warmly greeted by a petite lady who has a very charming smile. The type of smile whereby you just cannot help but smile back.
She was afraid that we might be hungry from the 1.45hours of flight, so she brought us to savour the BEST (according to her) Vietnam Beef Noodles in Ho Chi Minh city.
Took a ride in the 7-seater car.
They will honk every other minute or as and when they are getting close to another vehicle nearby.
Will the traffic in Singapore be like this in 2030?
Watching and being amazed at how a family of four, two adults and two kids, could ride on a small motorbike on the busy road; OR how big equipments like washing machines are transported using motorcycles helped us to pass time quickly.
It was not long before we realised that we were infront of the Beef Noodles restaurant. It looked very much like the coffeeshop here, the difference is its 2-storey, non-air-conditioned on the first and air-conditioned on second level.
We followed the tour guide and went up to the second level, as the ground level was very packed with people.
The kids had no mood to eat anything at all. So we only ordered two bowls of Beef Noodles Soup.
In the end, after the tasting was over, they loved it. So much so that we had to scoop some of everything from our bowls of Beef Noodles Soup onto 2 empty bowls for them.
I love the diet of Vietnamese. There is always a basket or plate full of vegetables for the patrons to add into whatever that they have ordered. Its Free Flow! It does not only happen in this restaurant. But its a very common sight in many eateries in Vietnam.
The four of us loved it so much, we told the tour guide to try to slot in a time for us to come back here again before we fly back on Friday, 22nd March 2013.
After a full tummy, it was still too early to check-in to our hotel in Saigon. So our smiley driver, Mr W., drove about 1 hour+ to bring us to Mekong River for our very first adventure in Vietnam!
Next post….Mekong Delta (Mekong River)…an adventure which made the kids go “Ooohhhh”, “Ahhhhh”, “Wahhhh” and “HUH?!!!”
First Vietnam Trip ~ Day 1/5 : Part 1/3