Monday, August 16, 2010

Vietnam June 2010 - Cruising Down The River, on a....

After all the day's interesting activities had ended, we finally arrived at our 4 star Hotel situated in the heart of the city. This is the tourist belt something akin to S'pore's Orchard Road. Opposite our Kimdo Royal City Hotel are top 5 star hotels. Rooms here are on the higher side compared to those further away from this location.
We checked into our rooms and found them spacious and cosy. Most important to me was that the TV can receive the Opening Game of the World Cup to be played that night and televised "live" around the world.
I had checked and was told that we can receive the telecast from our room itself.

Our Dinner was at the SAIGON Cruise Restaurant. It's actually a restaurant on a cruise ship...2 huge decks that can cater to a large number.
We were led to the open Upper deck where we sat alongside a long table.
The dinner was a "sit down and we serve you " type.
Food was good but the waiters were struggling somewhat as the crowd was large.

Just before we boarded the Cruise ship restaurant.

Cruising down Mekong river....with ones you love,..waiting for the moon.,

The ole' accordion playing ( here it was a duet of 2 gifted musicians )..a sentimental song,
cruising down the Mekong, on a night in lovely June.
[ A snapshot with a lady officer of the Ship]
The 2 musicians entertained everyone on board with some superb pieces
which went down very well with the appreciative diners. The ship had actually sailed
away from the harbour while we dined. It was timed to return to the pontoon after dinner
and the performance was over.
After dinner, the night was free. Some of our group went to a specially arranged
Ka-Ra-O-Ke somewhere in town.
Some went night shopping around our hotel area.
It was pretty safe to walk around on your own.
As for me, I settled down to catch the opening World Cup action from South Africa.
The commentary was all in local Vietnamese... but it did not matter to me.
Football and sports in particular are universal.

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