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Đa Kao

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  • Day43

    Kriegsmuseum und Mondfest

    Yesterday in Vietnam

    Morgens zum Kriegsmuseum gegangen und gute 2 H dort verbracht. Es ist ein sehr emotionales und brutales Museum. In größtenteils Bildergalerien wird von der Grausamkeit des Vietnamkriegeserzählt. Ich musste tatsächlich mehrmals mit den Tränen kämpfen, sehr bewegend. Umso beeindruckender was für ein Weltoffenes lebensfreudiges Volk die Vietnamesen sind.
    Danach habe ich mir noch den Wiedervereinigungspalast angeschaut.
    Zuröck im Hostel hab ich erstmal ein bisschen im Zimmer gesessen um das gesehene zu verarbeiten.

    Da heute Mondfest ist ging es danach zur Lanternstreet, so voll laut und bunt!! Habe Mädels aus meinem Hostel mitgenommen , die fanden das aber alles nicht so cool wie ich und sind schnell wiedergegangen. Ich bin noch weiter durch die Straßen geschlängelt um das Treiben dieses Festivals zu genießen.
    Zurück im Hostel gings wieder auf den Pubcrawl, diesmal gediegener, dafür länger und entspannter.
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  • Day44

    Chu Chi Tunnel

    4 minutes ago in Vietnam

    Heute eine Tour zu den Kriegstunneln gemacht. In 80cm hoch und 60cm breiten haben die Viet Kong sich in Südvietnam versteckt und gekämpft. Es wurden Guerrilla Taktiken erklärt, Fallen gezeigt und man konnte in einem extra Vergrößerten Abschnitt durch den Tunnel krabbeln. Alle 20m ein Ausgang...den ersten hab ich dann auch direkt genommen, zu eng. Trotzdem ein super informativer spaßiger Ausflug.
    Ausserdem konnte man für 4 Euro pro Kugel mit Ak-47 und Rambo Gewehr rumballern. Hab ich nciht gemacht , man musste mindestens 10 Kugeln kaufen. Naja.

    Abends zum Aussichtsturm und Brauerei Bar.
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  • Day38

    Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

    July 21 in Vietnam

    After our arrival in Saigon we needed to get clearance from the immigration which was surprisingly easy, it just took a bit of time. On exiting the airport we were once again surprised by the organisation to get to the city. We checked in to our hostel and headed out directly again to grab some food. But as it was already after 11 there weren't too many choices left. We just went for a portion of Vietnamese spring rolls and beef noodles before going to bed in our super clean hostel.
    The next day we started early with an exploration tour into the city. First we went to the War Remnants Museum which offers exhibitions on the Vietnam War (obviously here named "American War"). Two floors are solely reserved for the war crimes committed by the US by distributing immense amounts of bombs and chemicals all over Vietnam. Other spots we visited included the Independence Palace (with the famous tank that ended the war), Opera House and Notre Dame Cathedral. Foodwise we tried the famous noodle soup Pho and some street food baguettes. In the evening we took a stroll along the riverfront and visited the Bitxeco Towers.
    For the next day we wanted to join a tour to the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels that were used during the war to hide from the US troops. They also served as living quarters, storage and shooting bunkers. Overall they stretched over three floors and a total of more than 130km. There are two areas accessible to the public, one is more for the tourists and were build just for the entertainment... As we didn't get a spot on the tour we did it by ourselves using public transportation. This also allowed us to go to Ben Duoc, the original and less touristy spot. Crawling through the tiny tunnels was very challenging. The tunnel systems led almost all the way to some US bases. This showed us pretty well how the Vietnamese were able to withstand for almost 10 years the US efforts to 'free' the country...

    From Saigon we took the night bus to Da lat.
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  • Day34

    Day 34 - Noir

    March 13, 2017 in Vietnam

    By (un) popular demand it's Matt back as guest editor today. After some relaxing days where we hadn't done a great deal I get to write about what's been a really interesting day.

    Firstly we went on a free walking tour. We've done a lot of these in various countries where there's no set fee but you pay what you think it's worth. This was slightly different in that it is actually free as your guide is a local student who's studying tourism and they use the tour as a way of improving their English. Our guide was Huey (not sure of the spelling) and we paid him anyway. His English was really good and he took us around some local landmarks such as the Opera House (French built and an impressive building) and the Post Office building (French again and looks like a train station). He then takes you to either the Reunification Palace or the War Remnants Museum. We went for the former as we wanted to go to the war museum later (see below). The Palace was pretty good but full of communist propaganda and digs at the south and Americans.

    It was interesting taking to Huey about communism. Vietnam is one of only five communism countries left (try and think of the others comrades, answers at the end) and he was openly not a fan. He said most of the south don't like it whereas the north still worship old Uncle Ho. He said support for it amongst the young in particular is low and he hoped it would change to a democracy in the not too distant future. He also talked about their closer ties with Japan who are helping fund the Metro that's being built which is a move away from the usual Chinese investment (clue for the one of the answers here).

    After the tour ended we were so hot so took refuge again in the nearest air conned cafe. HCMC is slowly melting us, 34 degrees again today. Appreciate that the locals are much more accustomed to the heat than us but we saw a bloke today wearing a wooly hat in the middle of the day. We then had some street food at Ben Thanh street food market, it's street food but a bit sanitised (think food court at a shopping centre) but was still nice.

    This afternoon was spent at the war museum. Quite harrowing and some really horrific images. It's done with a major slant towards the north Vietnamese and the Viet Cong as you'd expect but still highlighted the horrors of war and was quite hard viewing at times. Particularly the bits about Agent Orange (where the Americans dropped chemicals to damage the jungle the Vietnamese were using as cover and which went on to cause horrific birth defects for generations afterwards) and the confirmed atrocities committed by US soldiers against civilians. Despite it being tough to see glad we went, it really wasn't that long ago and shows what the people here have had to deal with.

    So on to the evening and Helen played a blinder (terrible pun intended) as she'd discovered HCCM has one of the dine in the dark restaurants, it's called Noir and owned by a Dutch bloke. There's a few of these popped up in London but for anyone not familiar with them you dine in the dark funnily enough. All the waiters are blind or sight impaired and you literally can't see anything while you eat (the chefs can see however which is one of the FAQ's for confused visitors). Someone had also asked what the dress code was.

    It's a set menu with your only choice being east or west inspired. We chose east and after an introductory cocktail you play a game blindfolded where you have to put different shaped blocks in the correct places to get used to doing stuff in the dark. After that you're introduced to your waiter (ours was Tum) who takes you in convoy to your table with your hand on the shoulder of the person in front. It is literally pitch black to the point where you can't see your hand in front of your face.

    Once seated the food arrives. We got four starters, three mains and three desserts. It was all delicious and it was fun trying to avoid spilling food everywhere and also guess what you're eating. After you've finished you go back in to the light and an explanation of each dish. We were very mixed at guessing. Helen correctly picked out the tuna dish which is often misidentified apparently but I thought one was pork crackling or something similar but it was actually a veggie rice cake.

    It was a bit pricey by Vietnam standards (around £75 total including drinks) but much cheaper than the ones back home and definitely money well spent. It was a really good experience and a right laugh. As well as employing lots of visually impaired people many of the other staff were deaf and/or mute. We were speaking to the manager afterwards and he said how difficult it is for people with a sight or hearing issue just to get around in Vietnam.

    After dinner we went over to a roof top bar at a hotel right in the middle of the backpackers area in district 1 before we called it a night.

    Only a day and a bit left in Vietnam. It's been fun and a lot of contrasts. Hanoi and HCMC are interesting but a bit crazy in a Bangkok kind of way. Hoi An was such a cool place and Nha Trang was great for a relax on the beach. Glad we've been to them all but the quieter places like Chang Mai, Luang Prabang and Hoi An are still my favourites of the trip so far. We fly to Cambodia tomorrow, new country for both of us and looking forward to it. We're now five weeks in with six to go, it's weird, feels like it's flying by in some ways but thinking back to Hong Kong it seems ages ago.

    The Cheltenham festival starts today (Tuesday) which means Helen will definitely be back on the blog as I'm hoping to cash in some of my cooking class credits to try and watch the races on my phone which will start at 8.30pm here.

    So the answers are:

    Vietnam
    China
    North Korea
    Laos
    Cuba

    The power of five thousand suns and a free statue of Uncle Ho if you got all five. Down you Imperialist pig if you only got one!
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  • Day5

    Notré Dame in Asia

    January 17, 2017 in Vietnam

    Woke up without an alarm, what a luxury, then we realized our flight is at 12.30 and not 7pm - oops- we are becoming very laid back travelers. We quickly did the maths and figured we can still fit in a run to the Notre Dame that we haven't seen yet. A real city adventure on the way there between dodging bikes and badminton we make it to the beautiful church. Did the usual rituals and then spotted a Coffee Bean across the road so we got a western fix with GOOD coffee and breakfast.

    {Issy}
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  • Day34

    Day 33 - Sweatsville

    March 13, 2017 in Vietnam

    After a few hours sleep we braved Ho Chi Minh city proper. It's back to being very, very hot. Hello Sweatsville. (It ended up being a double shower day). We walked out to the Emerald Pagoda. It was one of the more active, less touristy places of worship we've been to which made it more interesting. There was more burning of cardboard goods and two ponds, one with cat fish and one with turtles. Both had random bread rolls and chips thrown in which neither animal was going for. Poor things.

    The roads are even busier here however there are a lot more crossing points and more people (not all) respect the green man so getting round is a bit easier. We went for lunch at a random Vietnamese cafe where it turns out the male restroom is also the female restroom and where they wash the glasses. If you walked into the loo in the UK and they were doing that you'd phone the council but here it's all nice and normal. After lunch we went to the Vietnamese history museum telling the story of Vietnam from the prehistoric era to the start of the 20th century. I'm a little sceptical that the piles of rocks could indeed be classified with certainty as tools but apparently you could clearly see the advancing technology. There was a lot of pottery and statues but the best part was reconstructions of different battles that looked like they'd been made by a school class for a history project. Lots of faux blood and spears through little plasticine models. Also on display was an actual mummified body of a woman then found a few years ago - nice.

    We dragged ourselves back to the air con hotel. According to the (I'm sure reliable) Apple Health app since we started our trip in February we've walked over 300km! I should be skinny as a rake by now but I think we're cancelling it out with all the iced chocolate drinks and fruit smoothies. We were going to attempt the cinema but I'm pretty confident we both would have fallen asleep so we went for dinner instead at a place round the corner. The waitress was hilariously sullen and had to explain to me how to eat my food (more leaf wrapping) which clearly brought her no joy whatsoever. Others learnings were that an iced yoghurt is not frozen yoghurt as you might guess but a glass of yoghurt with ice in. Go figure.
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  • Day3

    Having switched my tourguide for today - I again took a nice ride on a bike . With locals the traffic jam is pure fun - will provide some video on my other blog later.

    Breakfast done - interesting food- now at my guides university doing more sightseeing and city tour.

  • Day2

    Ho Chi Minh city walk

    August 8, 2017 in Vietnam

    From our Hostel we started to Ben Tanh Market. The Market is colourful and you can get nearly everything. Starting with T-Shirts ending with living water snakes. Compared to other asian countries I found it refreshing that a friendly smile and a no was accepted. In other countries people keep trying to sell you something which is annoying. Be aware that there is nearly no circulation inside. So the heat stays in the hall.

    Afterwards we went on to Notre Dame. Unfortunately Notre Dame was closed due to renovation. Nevertheless it is worth a visit.

    Directly opposite to Notre Dame you find the old postal office. The Office is still productive an the Architecture is great. It is nice to watch the people coming and going and you will find a mixture of locals and tourists.

    After Notre Dame we made a stop in the Restaurant Au Parc - highly recommended and went on to the War Museum. In the beginning it says that you should have a good stomach. An indeed the history is made up quite well and many of the pictures will make you feel bad and feel sorry for what mankind is able to do.

    After a sleeping break - jet lack is saying hello - we had a short walk to the river, watched a ceremony at the city hall and finished the great time with a beer on The View Rooftop Bar which is another recommendation!
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  • Day7

    Ill and rest days

    March 22 in Vietnam

    We slept in a bit longer than normal as I was feeling very ill. I was beginning to get the flu, my body agonised when I moved it and my throat was completely swollen so we had a very slow morning and went for brunch to the small stall downstairs. The food was so yummy but unfortunately I wasn't able to enjoy it so much and had to head back to bed. To be honest I just led in bed all day as I just couldn't move. It was a shame but hey these things happen! While I was resting Will went out for a wander and read his book.

    I was soo glad to be in a homestay as when we went down for dinner my homestay mum truly looked after me giving me lots of yummy dinner and home remedies and teas.

    The next day I was feeling a bit better so after breakfast we wandered to the river and walked along until we got to the botanical garden and zoo. It was very very cheap to get in and part of me wished they had charged more. I suppose it would be OK if you had little kids... and in need of something to do in a city but honestly the zoo was quite sad. The animals had little to no room to roam around. The birds had more room than than the tigers! The botanical garden was a very very tiny part of the site, but ah well it was something to do in our last day IN HCMC. We then headed to the famous chocolatier, Marou, that supposedly do an incredible hot chocolate. Having tested I'd say the chocolate is very good, but the hot chocolate was neither hot nor thick enough for my liking. We ended the day with our usual yummy dinner with the family.
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  • Day61

    Ho Chi Minh City

    September 3 in Vietnam

    Ho Chi Minh City, eerder bekend als Saigon en daarvoor als Prey Nokor, is met dertien miljoen de grootste stad in Vietnam. Hoe lekker positief ik altijd kan zijn, in heel Vietnam is deze stad veruit de smerigste. Overal waar je kijkt op straat ligt troep, afval of zie je dikke, grote, vieze, ratten lopen. “Pearl of the Far East” wordt deze stad ook wel eens genoemd. Juist.

    Een vieze stad moet de pret niet bederven! Samen met vrienden uit de mooiste lichtstad van Nederland, laten we ons rondleiden door de stad en bezoeken we onder andere het War Remnants Museum. W O W! Dit museum is zonder meer een van de meest indrukwekkende en doordringende museum dat ik ooit bezocht heb. De afbeeldingen, de bijbehorende verhalen over de Vietnamoorlog en de rol van de Amerikanen komen kei hard binnen. Ik werd er eventje stil van.

    Om onze gedachten weer terug te krijgen naar vakantie-modus, maken we een bezoekje aan de beroemde Ben Thanh Market om ubber cheape souvenirs te bietsen. Daarna genieten we met behulp van een hapje en drankje van een live bandje op de Ben Thanh Street Food Market!
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Đa Kao, Da Kao

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