Early in the morning we took another AirAsia flight, now to Ho Chi Minh, with a transit in … Kuala Lumpur. Third time in Malaysia! Visa and passport control was smooth and quickly (we used "visa upon arrival" with a LOI arranged in advance). Welcome to Vietnam!
I was not particularly enthusiastic about going to Vietnam, and I never thought that Vietnam would become a country I will miss, and where I want to come back to. Now that the trip is over and we have 9 countries behind us, Vietnam is my No.1 in the wishlist of future travels in that part of the world.
The most amazing thing about Vietnam for me is its people. Vietnamese start their day with sunrise (where else you can find a travel agency open at 7 a.m?) and work till late, and even though they work so hard, I can’t remember an instance of seeing someone grumpy or impolite. Vietnamese are strong in spirit. We saw many people physically handicapped: they were selling cards, books, but none of them was begging for alms. I do hope that economy in Vietnam will grow, and so will the standards of living. Vietnamese deserve it.
We arrived in the evening, and I could not help taking a picture of evening Ho Chi Minh:
Traffic in Ho Chi Minh is .... crazy! During the rush hours the main roads are like rivers of bikes, cyclos, scooters, cars, buses. You need to have the courage to cross the street. I wonder, how many unskilled tourists have been injured? Have a look at this video.
War Remnants Museum. It is very sad, but definitely worth visiting. The exhibits bring back the horror of the war, and Agent Orange section is the most disturbing.
Thien Hau Pagoda, Chinese style temple
Reunification Palace, formerly South Vietnam's presidential palace, the warended on April 30, 1975 when a tank crashed through the gate. A replica of that tank is now parked on the lawn outside. The basement is full of old phones, radio equipment and retro cars.
Ben Thanh Market, a huge market place in the downtown of the city
Our next stop was at 27-7 handcraft factory for handicapped people. They make fantastic things! I could not leave without buying anything, so now I have a lovely jewellery box, black with a dragonfly on top.
For more information, please visit this website: www.27-7.com.vn/handicraft/index.html
Central Post office:
Notre Dame Cathedral:
And now some random shots:
Do you remember the view? I love these caramel colours of the city in the morning. Good morning, Vietnam.