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First Vietnam Trip ~ Day 4/5 : Part 2/2

Posted May 27 2013 2:54am

We dozed off during the ride from Pongour Waterfall to our Lunch venue. Not sure if we missed much along the journey though, but was pleased when we reached our next rest stop, Muong Xanh Restaurant, Madagui, a place where we are thinking of exploring more.

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This place offers alot of different activities :~

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Not only did the 2 big banners attracted us, even the CUTE/NAUGHTY toilet sign caught our attention too. *laugh*

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So far, the food we had tasted in Vietnam were 90% to our liking, but I have mixed review for this restaurant though.

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All tasted good except for the pork, a little too tough to bite and chew into it and the fish was a little scale-ly.

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My boys enjoyed the lunch more than we did because their favourite soup was on the table. *giggle*

Too much, too full! With a filled-up tummy we left for the information counter to find out more about the cost of staying in the resort and the price of different activities available there.

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So who knows, this might just be our next destination for travel. *wink*

There were no more stops after this as we head back to Silverland Hotel once again for check-in. It was another few hours of drive for Mr. Ting. *Kudos* While he had to stay awake to make sure that we are back safely, all of us took a really LOOOOONG NAP!

Allan and I woke before the kids and we found ourselves stuck in the peak-hour traffic jam. By the time we are out of the jam, it was pretty late already.

We checked-into Silverland Hotel once again and no one is happier than my two boys, I think. ‘Cos they could play their internet game again at the lobby while we were doing all the paperwork at the front desk.

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We rested for a while and met up with Lan again for dinner.

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Dinner at An La Ghien “Banh Xeo”
A dimly lit restaurant with very unique tables.
The tables had “mini-towns” in them, protected by a glass top. (see pictures in slideshow below)
So we could admire the artwork while we wait for our food to come.
Of ‘cos, when all the food have arrived on our table, we could see nothing except our food. *laugh*
We had:-

  • Coconut shrimp salad
  • Snails stuffed steamed lemongrass
  • Fried chicken wing with sauce
  • Mushroom “Banh Xeo” needle shrimp


1568rich's An La Ghien album on Photobucket

The video below shows how Vietnamese would eat Banh Xeo.

But for us….we just EAT! *laugh*


The food here tasted ok, but not something that would make us want to come back again though. What made Kitkit happy was to be able to read the menu. Yes!!! This restaurant’s menu has English words on it.

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He always likes to order his own food and he finally gets the chance! Not the food though, but his and his brother’s drink, as food had already been planned for by my friend, who made this trip possible.

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Lan had always been our guardian angel throughout this trip. She is always careful and make sure that we come to no potential risk or harm, especially our mobile phones and bag. She often remind me NOT to flash my mobile phone when I am on the open street, especially at night, thus I did not take a picture of the restaurant from the outside.

Not only am I an obedient ‘child‘ when she is with me, I remain obedient when she is not in sight too. It was too early for us to go to bed, thus we wanted to roam around Ho Chi Minh city after dinner. This was NOT in our itinerary, but a last minute decision. Therefore we think that it would be unfair for Lan to come along. So I did not take any pictures of what we saw during our night shopping.

She, like a mother, repeatedly told us which taxis (company) to take and which NOT to take. Among the list of ‘can take‘, we could only remembered one, which was Vinasun. I think need to upgrade the RAM in our memory.

Mr. Ting drove us to the NIGHT MARKET near Ben Thanh Market and we were all alone now, roaming the streets of Ho Chi Minh city.

Allan bought a belt and I bought a straw bag.
We could not help but feel that this place reminded us of our frequent night shopping in Bangkok years back. So we adopted the same shopping style, that is to slash prices by half.
Yeah! It worked over here too!
*clap clap clap*

We walked down the road a little more to look at the other shops, but nothing caught our eyes. After an hour here, kids started to get really bored, so we started spotting Vinasun, flagged it down and went back to the hotel.

Our last night in Vietnam was as wonderful as before in Silverland Hotel.

I know these updates of my 5 days 4 nights trip to Vietnam, from 18th March – 22nd March 2013, had taken longer than they should. But I promise that the last post WILL be out by this week, because once the June school holidays start, I am going to be out of my house and away from my PC more often than not already…..




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