02.01.2014 - 14.01.2014 63 °F
"Chàu" is pronounced just like "ciào", again, a measure of the influence the French had on the Vietnamese. "Sìn" sounds like "seen". Vualet! You speak Vietnamese!
There was no way possible for me to be here and not learn some Vietnamese along the way. Apparently you can say "Sìn chào" any time of day and it would be an appropriate greeting for the Vietnamese. I've got this one down, but there are a few other sayings i'm failing at miserably. I'm over the embarrasment of getting it wrong, as no matter where you are people always appreciate giving the language your best effort. Hence, "cô lên," or KEEP TRYING!
So i'm just starting to get ised to the VND, the Vietnamese Dong. It's the currency they use here in Vietnam. After doing a little research it's become clear the the dollar carries a lot of weight here, as in it will hold it's value a lot longer than the Dong. When I cashed in a crispy $100 bill and the hotel manger at the Golden Legend Hotel gave me 2,100,000 dong in return she said, "You Millionaire!". Woo hoo! If I did the math right she didn't even charge me a fee to exchange. If so, it was way less than %1.
Let me tell you friends, if you work at it you can really strech money here too. With the exception of the 70 min $7 foot massage ( which had a happy hour discount of %20 off if you go between 10am and 1:00pm), the $0.25 bus ticket and items at the super market you really can negociate just about anything.
Be well everyone!
Photos coming soon...