Vuon Tao Dan

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  • Day5

    War Museum, Ho Chi Minh

    April 6, 2017 in Vietnam

    After a busy few days I decided today was going to be slower paced. Having a relaxing morning catching up with friends and sorting out my next steps.

    Due to it being sunny outside, I made use of the rooftop garden above my hostel and sat up there reading my book and soaking up some sun. However, the heat began to get too much and I decided I would take myself to the War Museum.

    Having been so interested in the war I thoroughly enjoyed this museum, despite the atrocities of the war. I was speechless at some of the activities that went on and thought to myself how man kind could think it's alright to do such terrible things to another human being. The affects of the agent orange and chemicals used by the Americans on the Vietnamese are still causing defects over 40 years later and its likely these defects will continue to be passed down. After finishing at the museum it's safe to say I felt quite emotional and sad having gained such an insight to what the people of Vietnam went through, especially having done nothing to the Americans.

    I got back to the hostel just in time to watch the sunset on the rooftop garden which was beautiful. Then, just as I was heading out for food I met a Canadian girl called Lauren, she invited me out for a beer so said why not. We ended up meeting others and all went out and had a very fun evening. I even met people who I had been with in Cambodia which was a crazy sight! Having had low expectations for a quiet night it became quite the opposite.
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  • Day14

    Ho Chi Minh Stadt (Saigon)

    October 20 in Vietnam

    Sind gut angekommen, der Flug von Da Nang war nur 30min verspätet und die Taxifahrt ins Hotel hat auch geklappt.
    Das Zimmer hält leider nicht was das Hotel im Eingangsbereich verspricht, wir hatten beim mit 66€/Nacht bisher teuersten Zimmer mit mehr gerechnet.Auch der Blick aus dem Fenster ist nicht so doll, siehe Bild.
    Ein erster Eindruck von Saigon ist wie überall hier vom Motorradverkehr geprägt. Die Stadt ist etwas (etwas!) aufgeräumter in den Bereichen die wir gesehen haben, im Zentrum gibt es Luxusgeschäfte en Masse. Erstaunlicher Kommunismus hier.
    Eine tolle Gelegenheit Saigon von oben zu sehen sind die Bars im obersten Stock der Hotels. Von 16-19 Uhr ist Happy-Hour, da kostet es nur die Hälfte oder man bekommt zwei Getränke für einen Preis. So war das "Caravelle" eine Option.
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  • Day15

    Ein Tag in Saigon

    October 21 in Vietnam

    Das Frühstück war ausserordentlich gut und versöhnt uns etwas mit unserem Schrankbett (Zimmer). Es endete schon um 9:30h und so waren wir schon früh auf dem Weg in die Stadt.
    Erstes Ziel war das Saigon Skydeck, ein toller Rundumblick vom 49.Stock auf die Stadt und Umgebung. Anschliessend sind wir durch die Strassen gestreift, haben (mehr aus Versehen, wir dachten es wäre der Eingang zu einer Pagode) den botanischen Garten und den Zoo besucht. Hier viel auf das die in Europa üblichen Standards bei der Tierhaltung hier noch nicht angekommen sind, einige Gehege sind wirklich schlimm.
    Die Pagode des "Jadekaisers", der die Himmelspforte bewacht, bildete den Abschluss. Es war am Nachmittag unendlich schwül und gewitterig, wir sind dann mit dem Taxi zurück zum Hotel.
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  • Day15

    Essen im Huong Lai

    October 21 in Vietnam

    Das Huong Lai geht auf eine Initiative zugunsten von Jugendlichen mit schlechten Entwicklungschancen zurück. Das Essen ist wirklich toll, die Bedienung ausserordentlich.
    Die Schaufenster hier sind wirklich beeindruckend, ob das viel Anklang findet weiß ich nicht.
    Wir stehen schon wieder vor der Abreise nach Kambodscha, morgen um 12:00h geht der Flieger nach Siem Reap.

  • Day3

    Several stops - tuctuc through traffic was a fun experience. Driver waiting on us finishing our sightseeing. That dude was for sure very seasoned to get us through the traffic ... the smile unbelievable as I tipped his extraordinary and extra miles .

    We did see the church, the postal office, a mall, and now are at the war museum.

  • Day4

    Backstage fusion

    January 16, 2017 in Vietnam

    Happiness is...having a noodle free night. After 4 days of Vietnamese food I was desperate for something a bit familiar. I never appreciated a glass of wine so much. I really craved meat as I have pretty much been on a vegetarian diet the past few days...due to a lack of trust in the local meat concoctions in the countryside.

    Our airbnb host, Chris, manages backstage fusion so we went there as he recommended it. The food was delicious. We ended up having a few drinks with them later the evening which was really fun, they have been in the city for about a month, I think they appreciated the English company just as much as we did.

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  • Day55

    Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)

    June 5 in Vietnam

    Still not quite sure whether it’s called Saigon or Ho Chi Minh but it’s a very bustling city in which I would definitely not want to drive in. We went to the Vietnam War museum which was very harrowing and upsetting. There were even people who had been affected by Agent Orange (the gas used to burn down a quarter of southern Vietnam) which made it all very real. We spent a very stressful couple of hours in the largest market I have ever seen, as the women on the stalls grabbed you for you to buy their products. Lots and lots of yummy local Vietnamese food was consumed and we tried the local beers. We went out on Bui Vien street where there are lots of bars and clubs especially for backpackers.Read more

  • Day12

    War Remnants Museum - HCMC

    July 26, 2017 in Vietnam

    Today we went to the war remnants museum. It has three floors and two outdoor displays. It was incredibly informative and has given me a whole new appreciation for the struggle of the Vietnamese people, but it was also very upsetting. I had heard of agent orange but never truly understand the effect it had on Vietnam until seeing this exhibit. What struck me the most was a little girl born the same year as me who was had life debilitating disabilities that I have never seen the likes of. She was a third generation victim of agent orange. There was also a very physically and mentally disabled boy born in the late 2000s who was a fourth generation victim of agent orange. So far in Vietnam there have been 2000 cases of fourth generation victims with severe disabilities documented. As hard as it was to read their stories I think it is important to know and understand what happened so the same cannot be allowed to happen again .Read more

  • Day116

    Tan Chau

    August 23, 2017 in Vietnam

    Going backwards, sorry but some of the footprints are 'stuck somewhere an I can't retrieve them' (need you Garry). We went on a small boat ride up one of the tributaries of the Mekong, then did a rickshaw ride to a 'silver factory' really interesting to watch how they go about things, so very primitive. Rickshaw ride was hilarious.

  • Day116

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    August 23, 2017 in Vietnam

    Off the boat, onto a bus for a 2hr trip to the centre of Saigon stopping at the Cu Chi Tunnels, some 250km's of tunnels that housed about 16,000 people built by the Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war. Just amazing and hard to imagine what it must have have been like, the tunnels were so small in diameter, made for little people, not westerners like us. Stopped for lunch at a lovely restaurant on a river on the way to the hotel.Read more

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