After an unexpected extra 5 hours at Bangkok Airport I made it to Saigon.
On that note – the trains only start at 6am, no matter what any guidebook says! And Air Asia is very efficient.
My homestay hostess picked me up at the airport and we went back to her house, not far away. She took me out for dinner at a local restaurant (the term is a bit different in South East Asia – almost everyone eats out for every meal, so the eating places are mostly very cheap). There are so many scooters here that every place has a valet to park them. In Vietnam you get a large moist towelette in lieu of a napkin. I had some pho bo (beef and noodles) and some kind of fungus soup, which apparently has a lot of protein. From there we went on to the Country Houses cafe – a huge open space divided in to smaller areas. The drinks list was 80% non-alcoholic, including 20 different chocolate drinks. I had a milk chocolate, which turned out to be chocolate syrup on ice. They also serve hot condensed milk here. My homestay mother convinced me to have some icecream.