Wednesday 9 October 2013
Alas we have to say goodbye to Mia Resort today with a flight to HCMC. After breakfast,(please Mia do something about your bread!), a dip in our pool and packing we check out and wait for the transfer to the airport. It is a slow trip to the airport … not because of the traffic (there is none) but because our lovely driver does the whole trip in 3rd gear. All goes as planned and after a 50 minute flight with Vietnam Airlines we are on the ground again grabbing our suitcase.
The taxi ride to Rex Hotel is pure symmetry. The taxi driver effortfully glides us in and out of spaces between the other vehicles that defeats physics. With absolute efficiency and no aggression he delivers us safe and sound for less than A$5. We stayed at the Rex Hotel at the start of our trip and are returning here for our last night in Vietnam. Apparently I am now a preferred Rex guest and we are upgraded to the Governor Suite, room 363. Its just the style that we would love to become accustomed to! The bathroom is bigger than our last hotel room in Singapore.
Next is a bit of therapeutic shopping. H has spotted some really well made crocodile skin belts in a shop just around the corner from the Rex. One for Howie and one for Gene! That done we head off for a wander, a snack and a few beers before dinner.
The hotel has a roof top garden bar that we check out for a couple of cocktails (Siagon Smile for me) and beers (Saigon beer for H). It is well worth the time even if you don’t stay at the Rex Hotel. It has great views of the newest and brightest buildings in HCMC and overlooks one of the busiest roundabouts. The four drinks cost as much as our snack, beers and dinner put together.
During our wanderings earlier we spotted a noodle bar with a chef preparing fresh noodles by hand in the window. We return to the restaurant around 8.30. We are the only customers, I figure they must get busier later because I count about 11 staff standing around. The freshly made noodles are fabulous especially the mushroom noodles. A few more drinks and we navigate back through the traffic to enjoy the luxury of our suite.