After Phenom Phen, we took a bus to Saigon for just $10USD. Fortunately, we arrived early in the afternoon and easily found a guesthouse. Some little old lady found us at the bus stop and she took us down some labyrinth like streets to a place where rooms were $8USD a night. She and about a million other ladies told me NOT to carry a purse there. Indeed I had heard the worst about purse snatching in Vietnam, but I was still a little surprised that so many people said it to me. Yet I have pretty much nada in my purse these days anyhow. Seriously, half the time it is just a very small amount of cash and toilet paper since you never know what you will get in public bathrooms in these places! Still, I took their advice and hardly used my purse because I learned my lesson in Chiang Mai! My old friend Adam from Michigan who I used to hang out with when I was in high school lives in Ho Chi Min City. So he and his girlfriend Tony came to meet us for lunch the next day. Since I had not seen him since the late nineties, it was pretty cool to catch up with him. Interestingly, both he and his girlfriend are teaching here and they both seem to really like it. So it was fabulous to hear about how they ended up here and what it is like to live here in Vietnam. Then after lunch, we took a walk so they could show us around a bit and then they took us to a market. Many of the sights in Saigon are similar to what I have seen in other places, such as the fact that there are all of these ladies in their pajamas at all hours of the day and night in public places. However, it is definitely different than the other large cities I have seen in Southeast Asia. There are all of these tall, narrow buildings and things are more colorful than other places. Plus, the food is delicious and there are many choices, which is fabulous after some of the bland meals I ate in Cambodia!