Ho Chi Minh CityNovember 10 in Vietnam
Our first stop in Vietnam before making the motorbike trip up north was Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Our AirBNB was right in the middle of the city so we didn’t have to walk far before finding something to keep us entertained. Also Traffic here is nuts!
HCMC has a lot of wet markets, which you can buy all types of spices, nuts, fresh fish, chicken, red meat and many other items of food. Walking around one of these markets is crazy; you see people on scooters carrying loads that would struggle to fit into the boot of a car, freshly caught fish flapping around in containers, and other food items we’ve never seen before.
You can also visit the Ci Chu tunnels in HCMC. This was part of a massive underground network here used by the Vietcong during the vietnamese war. We crawled through one of the tunnels which had been enlarged since the Vietnam war and we still struggled to fit through this. We done a tour of the tunnels and it has a decent amount of anti-american propaganda to the point where it is quite comical. They show a video of one of the decorated Vietcong soldiers who received the title ‘American killer hero’ for the large number of American’s she killed. However, no doubt atrocities were committed by both sides of the war.
Vietnam is famous for their street food. One thing we really liked here was egg coffee. It tastes like a Cadbury cream egg with a hint of coffee. Milk use to be very scarce in Vietnam so whisked egg yolk was used as a replacement.
HCMC also has a bird cafe in a park which was just around the corner from our Air BNB. It's where alot of locals bring there birds to each morning and let their birds sing to one another so the birds can learn other birds songs. One of the many random things you'll find throughout SEA.
Like most other cities in SEA you don’t have to go far before you can find Chinatown. HCMC’s Chinatown has a street that is lined with pagoda’s. On this street we visited Ba Thien Hau Pagoda. It is a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess. The interior has colourful dioramas decorating the roof which are lined with spiral like incense burners. You can pay a couple of dollars to add one to the roof which apparently takes a few weeks to stop burning. Being the classic white tourists in an Asian Country we bought one to add to the roof. Here’s hoping it provides us with a bit of good luck as we bike up north.Read more