Well my visit to Ho Chi Minh City did not go as planned. I had my three day trip and it was every bit as good as I’d hoped. I got a thorough introduction to Ho Chi Minh City. I especially loved the Saigon cooking class and the water puppet show. I also enjoyed the boat trip & meal on the last day. At the cooking class I had a bit of fun and shared one of my favourite recipes, Crispy Vietnamese Beef as learnt from the Hairy Bikers. What I did not expect was to follow in Simons footsteps, or as near as damn it. Simon King (one of the Hairy Bikers) broke his ankle while filming.
Me, I broke my wrist while falling, sober, off the motorcycle I had hired for the rest of my stay. So I had the rather unpleasant and painful experience of a broken bone, trying to negotiate a taxi to the nearest hospital and arranging care of my scooter until I could come and collect it. Fortunately an English speaking Vietnamese helped me out, as my limited knowledge of the language disappeared with the rising pain. He organized for the motorcycle firm to collect the bike and sent me in a taxi to collect my passport and insurance details. So glad he did that, although at the time I thought he was being over fussy. When I got to the hospital I found without my documents I would not have been treated. I am so glad I was sensible about taking out health insurance, Vietnam does not have the best reputation for health care and no health insurance scheme. There are public hospitals but private ones tend to have better facilities and staff, along with foreign language speakers. So I am now in plaster and a bit uncomfortable in this humid heat but I am planning on staying here a little longer and the bloke who helped me out is a city engineer and has offered me a room at his home until I leave. Actually quite excited at this development, to actually stay with a Vietnamese family will be great. For their hospitality I have agreed to spend 2 hours a day coaching his two children with their English. Let you know how it goes next time.