Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Bien Thienh Social Caring Centre

Orphanage review by Courtney

We have spent the last four days working at the orphanage in a small town just outside of Ho Chi Minh City. The days were very long and hot while we worked on their soccer field and veggie patch. While 10 of us worked outside, 3 of us would work inside with 13 babies - very hard work! We also took breaks to play traditional South African games with many of the children. We have all really enjoyed helping the orphanage in some way and hope they will remember these past few days for a while! We will definitely miss this lovely place and all the smiles and laughter.
Today we make our way back to Ho Chi Minh City, where we will be spending our last night in Vietnam. It will most probably consist of a lot of souvenir shopping for friends and family as well as a traditional Vietnamese meal! Tomorrow we will be at the airport at about 4 in the evening to depart for home at 19:00! We cannot wait to see you all and tell you all of our incredible experiences.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Update from trek in Dalat from Courtney

We are all back in civilization after a very tough four days of hiking. We arrived back in Dalat safe and sound yesterday afternoon, and spent the night at a hotel. It was a spectacular trek and we all had lots of fun and made many memories, although after 3 nights of rain, hard forest floors, the use of wet-wipes to wash, stinky and damp clothes - we all really appreciated our hotel in Dalat last night.
Today we make our way back to Ho Chi Minh City on a 7 hour bus trip, we then catch another bus from there to the village of the project phase. We are very excited for that and feel that we are prepared for any challenge that comes our way now.

We have been trying to upload pictures, however it is very difficult. I will keep updating the blog as often as possible. Hope everyone is well in Africa - see you all in 6 days!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Arrived back in Dalat after our trek along the Lang Biang circuit. The challengers will write up their blog on the bus back to HCMC tomorrow - a 7- hour trip. We then head off to the project.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

News from Dalat - start of trek

Ho Chi Minh City street eats are everywhere. You don’t have to be in Ho Chi Minh City long to realize you aren’t going to starve here as there are food outlets every second step. For a truly unique Vietnamese eating experience however, you need to visit local markets, dive down small alley ways and frequent the many small street stalls. That can be a little scary if you aren’t a seasoned traveler or even if you are. The language barrier can definitely be frustrating. Your options are to choose and point which can result in all kinds of surprises (good and bad!!)

The last few days have been very interesting for all of us. We have attended Water Puppet Shows, the museum, the Cu Chi underground tunnels, incredible craft making, as well as having the famous Starbucks coffee as a treat.

After a 7 hour bus trip today, we are now in Dalat, a much smaller town - very clean and pretty, hidden in between beautiful tropical hills. Tomorrow we make our way to our starting point of trek, we are all very excited and prepared for the challenging four days ahead.
Blogger: Courtney

Thursday, 2 July 2015

District 1 Ho. Chi Minh City

Staying in Cong Quynh Street, District 1 - tried some street food this evening and explored the streets. Going to the market for brunch tomorrow - the challengers thought they would try more street food.

Arrived!

We have arrived in HCMC - very humid. A friendly and busy city - met some other World Challengers when out walking the streets. Busy planning the activities for Friday and the trek on Saturday. All well. Pam

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Build-up day 30 June 2015

Build-up day
Repacking back-packs and team building;checking the documentation and delegating responsibility - some of the tasks we performed today. On Thursday 2 July we say 'Good Morning, Vietnam' - exciting times ahead.