Thursday, April 15, 2010

I've never been to Ho Chi Minh City but Ralph said it is a great place to visit! However, he also has mixed feelings about his experience in this city.

He once left his briefcase containing his laptop in the back seat of a cab when he first arrived in Ho Chi Minh City in the middle of the night, several years ago. It was late and he was tired, so when the cab pulled up to the hotel, he paid in cash and didn't wait for a receipt. By the time he realized what had happened, the cab and his laptop were long gone. Smiley Apparently, the cab was privately owned so he had no way to track it since he didn't know the cab number.

In horror, he was hoping for a good. Unfortunately, miracles didn't happen. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the bad travel experience has ruined his business trip. But, it was also his mistake for not to ignore the guy who was trying to get him an illegal cab outside of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport! Smiley

I know arriving at airports is somewhat tiring after going through the hassle of endless tight securities and waiting for your baggage. The last thing you would want to worry about is how you would have to get to your next destination and how much it would costs you if you take those fancy airport cabs. Therefore, always book your hotel and airport transfer in advance, even if only for one night. They will make sure that your transfer is done smoothly and without hassle. Smiley

Pre-booking your airport cab has got even more advantages as your transfer has already been paid for, so there is no need to worry about what is on the meter. What's more, you will not waste your time waiting in long queues for a cab in the always busy International airports!

So, have you ever left something behind in a cab? Was it ever recovered? Smiley


LadyJava said... @ 15/4/10 8:46 AM

:* :* :*

LadyJava said... @ 15/4/10 8:48 AM

I was in Vietnam in 1999 and it was an ok experience only.. I didnt really like it. but it was a company trip so we had fun .. :).. i went to chu chi tunnel.. now that was scary and I shot a AK47..hehe

LadyJava said... @ 15/4/10 8:49 AM

Sorry to hear about Ralph experience.. if me for sure i cry.. hehe

LadyJava said... @ 15/4/10 8:50 AM

Nope.. have never left anything in a cab.. though my stewardess cousin had.. she forgot her luggage...!!

Monica said... @ 15/4/10 8:51 AM

morning LJ! FC! :* :* :*

Bill said... @ 15/4/10 8:51 AM

hi Monica :). Yeah i have left my cellphone in a cab before and never got it back >:o >:o

Monica said... @ 15/4/10 8:54 AM

oh yeah I remember u told me before abt yr company trip and u shot a AK47! 8-) 8-) hmm why didn't really like it?

Monica said... @ 15/4/10 8:56 AM

He was so pissed off! :( yeah if me I'll cry, cry, cry :'( :'(

Monica said... @ 15/4/10 8:59 AM

yr cousin is an air stewardess eh 8-) 8-) oh no so what happened to her luggage... *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Monica said... @ 15/4/10 9:04 AM

hey Bill! :) there's a very good possibility that whoever got into the cab right after u found yr cellphone and took it >:o >:o

Bluedreamer said... @ 15/4/10 9:14 AM

yikes! too late LOL

Bluedreamer said... @ 15/4/10 9:16 AM

oh so sorry to here on what was happened to him....

Bluedreamer said... @ 15/4/10 9:17 AM

i once left my cellphone and my wallet in a taxi .... yike,,, that is probably the worst experience i ever had..

Bluedreamer said... @ 15/4/10 9:17 AM

have a great day mon happy blogging

Mariuca said... @ 15/4/10 9:21 AM

:-$ :-$ :-$ :-$

Mariuca said... @ 15/4/10 9:25 AM

Morning Monica, yay for PB! :-D :-D

Mariuca said... @ 15/4/10 9:26 AM

B left his phone in a cab too.. baru je sampai then left the phone, aiyo.... sometimes u just can't remember everything esp when just arrived in a new country/city...>:o >:o >:o

Ane said... @ 15/4/10 9:53 AM

I always check the cab before I close the door after I get out.. :) So far I haven't lost anything on a cab and I hope I don't lose any soon.. :-P

Ane said... @ 15/4/10 9:55 AM

OMG Mon, I am so tired of waiting in line for a cab! that is all we do here in Manila and it takes us like 45 minutes to get a ride home! >:o I miss Baguio and our Avanza cause I never need to ride public transportation! :-P but I guess it's a small price to pay for having fun.. :-D

Ane said... @ 15/4/10 9:56 AM

Anyway Mon, visiting you from Manila.. WooHoo! :)

zul said... @ 15/4/10 10:11 AM

that is why, when travelling it is better to have a friend at that particular country..

xin said... @ 15/4/10 11:36 AM

oh no! losing stuff in a cab is so unfortunate :(

Bill said... @ 15/4/10 12:02 PM

Yeah that is what i was thinking also Monica :)

Haaziq Zahar said... @ 15/4/10 12:29 PM

8-) 8-) 8-)

Haaziq Zahar said... @ 15/4/10 12:30 PM

My brother left his PSP inside the train in Melbourne too! Thank God I haven't experience anything like this before :)

elai said... @ 15/4/10 3:44 PM

:* :* :* :* :*

elai said... @ 15/4/10 3:44 PM

:'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

elai said... @ 15/4/10 3:44 PM

poor ralph! at least he's safe ;) ;) ;) ;)

elai said... @ 15/4/10 3:45 PM

right? no need to worry as the laptop could be replaced. :-D :-D :-D :-D

elai said... @ 15/4/10 3:46 PM

he has a new one now?

tekkaus said... @ 15/4/10 7:23 PM

The best thing is integrate GPS into your laptop so it can be traced. :D

Gus said... @ 15/4/10 8:21 PM

gosh, that's like losing your life!

must remember every belonging in a place where we don't belong.

But sometimes we're just tired and there goes everything.

Mariuca said... @ 15/4/10 10:00 PM

:-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ inserting email..

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:01 AM

haha Bluedreamer! :-D

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:01 AM

:'( :'( :'(

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:02 AM

I can imagine that.. >:o >:o

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:02 AM

enjoy yr weekend Bluedreamer! ;)

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:04 AM

Mariuca! :-$ :-$ :-$

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:05 AM

Morning Mariuca, yay for PB indeed! :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:06 AM

yeah I rem B left his phone in a cab in cannes >:o >:o

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:06 AM

inserting email??

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:31 AM

oh that's great Ane! 8-)

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:36 AM

what? 45 minutes! =-O =-O wow its hard to get a cab in Manila huh :-E :-E hmm yr family don't own a car Ane?

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:37 AM

thanks for visiting me from Manila Ane! :* :* :*

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:41 AM

oh I wish I had friends in every country :-D

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:42 AM

Xin! :* :* :* yeah tell me abt it :(

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:42 AM

8-) 8-) 8-) Haaziq!

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:44 AM

yr brother must be very upset :(

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:44 AM

:* :* :* Elai!

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:44 AM

why :'( :'( :'( Elai?

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:45 AM

yup at least he's safe! O:-) O:-)

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:47 AM

but all the documents could NOT be replaced :-E :-E

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:48 AM

yes he bought a new one after dat :-$ :-$ :-$

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:48 AM

wah so canggih ah :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 17/4/10 7:53 AM

it was also his mistake, Gus.. using an illegal cab is potentially dangerous and shouldn't be trusted O:-)

Cashmere said... @ 17/4/10 9:27 AM

Hey! Coincidentally, I'm like heading there next week!
Poor him.. He must be totally s Iad losing it. I will definitely cry if I were to lose mine. Heart pain!
So anyway, since I've never been there and he has, care to share some tips or recommendations or warnings whatsoever? ;P I sure hope my maiden trip there goes well.. I'm a bit skeptical about the place actually..

Rizal said... @ 18/4/10 12:39 PM

Never been to Ho Chi Minh. It looks beautiful from the picture. I was in Vientienne, Laos and finally got ourselves ( with three others) a boat (renting from nearby river people). It was fun cruising on the Mekong River (err like 20minutes).

Sort of "pakcik, kamu sewa bot pak cik boleh bawak kami jalan ke sungai tak?" cruiser. Own the sampan ?? =-O =-O =-O =-O scary..

Rizal said... @ 18/4/10 12:42 PM

Yes Mon, arriving at an airport of a new country is somwwhat tiring, especially if you dont book your connection to your hotel.

Once i lost my passport at LA, and that was a URRGHHHHHh experience. Ended up sleeping with my hands and legs over my begs at the airport. Tracing back my passport on that big airport was exhausting. hahaha

Rizal said... @ 18/4/10 12:43 PM

I love trying new food too in new countries. hehehe

Monica said... @ 20/4/10 9:47 AM

are u going there for vacation or biz trip Cashmere? coz he was there for a biz trip! :) according to him, u can go shopping at Ben Thanh market..everything is there and be prepared to bargain yet again.. 8-) 8-)

oh the traffic is really bad in HCMC...there are zillions of motorbikes on the, watch out!

Monica said... @ 20/4/10 10:00 AM

wow Rizal! I wanna go cruising on the Mekong River 8-) 8-)
hahhah why la scary? everything oso must try mah! :-D :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 20/4/10 10:03 AM

on my! yr URRGHHHHHh experience was really URRGHHHHHh Rizal!! =-O =-O poor thing! so did u manage to get back yr passport?? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

anyway, thanks for sharing yr URRGHHHHHh experience :-P

Monica said... @ 20/4/10 10:04 AM

same here! MUST try new food in new countries! takkan eat sambal belacan again right? :-D :-D

LadyJava said... @ 20/4/10 8:40 PM

The place was dirty Mon.. I see pple peeing on the roadside everywhere. Plus like you say.. there were so many motorbike.. each time I cross the road.. I had to scream and hold on my colleagues hand.. lol..

ayie said... @ 23/4/10 3:44 AM

oh no...too bad what a hassle indeed

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