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Tan Dinh

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  • Day15

    Ho Chi Minh City Tour

    October 18, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    We were taken to see the War Museum, which was mainly about what attrocities the American soldiers committed during the Vietnam War. Very sickening. It poured down rain while we were in the museum but cleared up for the rest of the tour.

    Then we went to view the Notre Dame Cathedral (it was being renovated so there was no entry) and the Post Office building which was built to be a train station but never was. It was close to the building in the famous picture of a helicopter landing on the top to rescue American staff in Saigon after the US withdrew.

    Then it was on to the indoor central market for 1 hour of shopping. The traders were very persistent in wantng sales - grabbing your arm, following you, pleading with you!
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  • Day6

    Saigon Serenade

    December 29, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Started the day with a strong black coffee at Trung Nguyen Legend ' energy coffee' that claims - probably among many - to be the best coffee in the city. This is a great coffee city and it's usually served in a single cup slow drip with a cup full of ice or some hot water if you prefer. Amazing stuff!

    Photos can't really capture the bustling sights and sounds of the city but hopefully I captured some of the iconic images of Ho Chi Minh City.

    I spent the morning taking in the city slowly via cycle rickshaw, the best way to travel if you really want to soak up the city vibes... and fumes from the traffic :-)

    Lots of wide tree lined streets here that expose the cities French influence. Stopped at the War Remnants Museum first and looked aghast at what the USA, Australia and NZ did here during the Vietnam War. But all seems forgiven as you often see Viet and US flags flying side by side here. The US embassy however looks more like a fortress with high spiked walls, bollards and guard houses. The irony of the red hammer and sickle flag flying outside was not lost on me. After all the Viet Cong did win the war(s) despite all the atrocities visited on this country, first by the French, then the Japanese and finally by the USA and her allies.

    Then it was on to a large Pagoda to soak up the more peaceful vibes of the Chinese style Buddhism practiced here. Both the Pagoda and a Temple I visited were packed with praying people and the tourists seemed a little out of place, although ever present. Unlike Temples in Japan they are not really havens of peace in the city, they are actually quite noisy bustling places full of life.

    Catholics make up about 20% of the population thanks to the efforts of French missionaries so there are Chuches and a Cathedral also. Notre Dame Cathedral is more complete than it's namesake these days but also under reconstruction.

    Then it was a classic Banh Mi roll for lunch and back to the hotel to freshen up and escape from the heat of the midday sun.

    Visited the Independence Palace in the afternoon and the park lands around it. Learning lots about Vietnamese history on this trip. Much more complex than I had thought previously, despite growing up during the Vietnam War Era. Also reading a great historically accurate novel by Anthony Grey called Saigon.

    The serenade of the title, if you had not guessed, is the almost musical sound of the traffic, scooters, street vendors and beeps, honks and shouts of the crazy traffic as everyone somehow avoids colliding.
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  • Day4

    2. Tag in Ho Chi Minh - Vormittag

    December 22, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Nach einem guten, jedoch in jedem Fall eher für kleine Menschen portionierte Frühstück, ging es heute Morgen für uns 3 um 9:00 Uhr zu Fuß in Richtung Bitexco Tower. Dort trafen wir uns erneut mit Marcel & Freundin und hatten einen tollen Blick auf die Stadt. Mit Thuong hatten wir jemand Ortskundigen auf dem Skydeck. Toller Überblick mit heute sehr guter Sicht. Nur wenig Smog störte den Blick über Stadt und den angrenzenden Fluss. Es wird tüchtig gebaut überall, der Aufschwung im Land war alleine schon dadurch sehr gut sichtbar. Nach einem Abschiedsgetränk ging es für uns zurück zum Hotel. Unser Guide und Fahrer holten uns für die gebuchte Tunnelanlagen Tour in Cu Chi ab.Read more

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