Embrace the welcome cooling sensation of a motorbike ride from the wide downtown boulevards by the Saigon River through the slow motorised stampede of Vietnamese traffic.
If there is a traffic jam – and there will be – and you try to stay in your lane the locals will shout at you. Lesson: Go with the flow.
Sample the overwhelming selection of noodle soup joints and kerbside restaurants. Let your nostrils tingle with pungent fruit markets, thick sweet coffee and the perfumes of the rapidly expanding middle class. Then spend the surplus in your pocket by venturing into Vietnam’s best nightlife scene, which ranges from cheap beer stations to nightclubs packed with the young and beautiful. Tomorrow, a day trip to the beach in Vung Tau will cure – or worsen – your hangover.