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Vietmam Venture Day 3

HCMC - 41 Bui Vien Guest House

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In the morning, I went to breakfast, asked for a second night only to learn they were fully booked and I would transfer me to a “sister” hotel. Well, the very efficient receptionist, Kitty, booked my train for Danang, helped me contact Saigon Unseen and was beyond helpful, so I trusted her to take me to the next hotel.
41 Bui Vien Guest House is a much smaller and quite modest hotel. Older and devoid of any sophistication, however the room is clean, the bed a bit firm but has AC and there is a computer I think I’ll be using quite exclusively in a little sitting area they have where there are free bananas and complimentary tea for guests.41_Bui_Vie..use__4_.jpg41_Bui_Vie..use__5_.jpg41_Bui_Vie..use__3_.jpg41_Bui_Vie..use__2_.jpg41_Bui_Vien_Rules__1_.jpg
Again, Toilet paper in a capsule, bare-bones shower but with strong water pressure and as hot as you want it.
Rule #5 is a hoot! But good reassuring that they care about keeping it decent. Who knows what the foreigners have been trying to pull.
41 Bui Vien has grown on me even before spending a night and it will be clear why as I continue to write.

Posted by Chapincita 08:09 Archived in Vietnam

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Can't wait to read more about why this little hotel has grown on you! By the way, what's with the "toilet paper in a capsule" thing? I'm having a hard time picturin that!

by Carla

As you can see, I was mystified by the concept. But once you take your first shower you understand. See, they only give you the space you absolutely need. Here is where cultural differences come in to play. In the US, our toilet is far removed from the shower which is sometimes even in a separate enclosure and at the very least, separated by a plastic barrier to contain the water. In Japan, the toilet and shower are in separate rooms, In Vietnam it is all clustered together in a very compact space but when I was in there I realized it is really all the space one needs. So if your toilet paper is in your shower...you put it in a plastic capsule to keep it dry. Works quite well :)

by Chapincita

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