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Best CM Hotel

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Paid for by liquor sales in Boston, Best CM Hotel owes its foundation to a VietKyu (refugee returnee) who invests one year working at his store in the old bean town, and the other checking in Australians, Americans and otherwise at his nine story marble and concrete wonder.

Although I landed in former Saigon, the family packed into two buses (one a 14 seater Mercedes Benz, the other a 30 plus seater just shy of a real coach bus) and made our way south to CaMau (our grandmothers home city). Even though it’s just about 125 miles south of Ho Chi Minh city, the drive took over 8 hours in contorted positions listening to pigeon Vietnamese-English, full on full blown Vietnamese, and Andrew singing Hannah Montana.

Here at the Hotel though, we spent a day of rest while my Grandmother’s direct family coordinated efforts for today’s funeral/memorial service. From the little we know, we need a lot of bug spray, there will be mud, it might rain, and there is a canoe ride to get to her temple. What follows is a 3-4 hour service, some touring, and the hour bus ride back to this hotel.

More about the hotel later.

In 17 minutes we get back on to those two buses. But with less luggage, and a few hours of sleep behind us, it should be more comfortable.

Keep checking Picasa for pictures.


Written by Daniel

October 30, 2008 at 12:44 am

Posted in vietnam

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    October 30, 2008 at 9:13 am

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