Saigon

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Flag of Vietnam  ,
Sunday, October 11, 2009

Map of Saigon

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After a short flight from Dalat to Ho Chi Min City, we checked into our hotel that is located not far from city center.   Our Tour Director provided a walking tour to introduce this area of the city to us, and ended up at a market with hundreds of stalls selling everything from t-shirts other clothing, souvenirs, and food.  What was disconcerting was that the women manning the stalls would grab you to try to sell something.   I couldn't leave that place fast enough!  Also, our Tour Director warned us about pickpockets and thieves who are professionals; they can take your wallet without you knowing.  When warned, I always put my wallet in my front pocket, and keep my hand on it most of the time. 

As with any big city around the world where unemployment is high, it's a good idea to leave valuables in the hotel safe.  Otherwise, all the other places we visited in Vietnam were safe, and the people friendly. 

HO CHI MIN (Saigon)

Our hotel, hearsts, my sushi lunch

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Quang with wife and 2 daughters, fort cannons, Mandarine restaurant (one of my favorite in Saigon), Q- a small group of us had drinks here one evening

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Street scene, restaurant, Wayne from Dallas owns two restaurants (serves angus beef)

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set 1: Sculpture, Notre Dame Cathedral, bride, sculpture 


set 2: Central Post Office

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Shops and market


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Sculpture, Opera House, City Hall (French colonial), bazaar entrance

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War Remnants Museum (once known as US War Crimes Museum)




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Arts and crafts factory

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Farewell dinner

Some after thoughts:
We were rewarded with seeing most of the important sites in Vietnam from Hanoi in the north down to Halong Bay in the south.  It's true that most of the places we visited were east coast cities made "famous" during the Vietnam war, but that's also where a good portion of their population resides, and their history and major sites are located.   We rode on bike rickshas, we spent the night on a Chines junk, visited some interesting museums, art and craft factories, farms, open markets, bazaars, forts, citadel, churches and temples, the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Min's mausoleum grounds and home, saw old buildings and ruins, met some school children and orphans, and ate some great Vietnamese food - unlike what we find in the states.   Real Vietnamese food is a combination of French, Chinese, and Vietnamese food - all at very reasonable cost - and all very delicious.   This was my second visit to Vietnam, and I now feel I've seen most of what Vietnam has to offer.   It was educational as well as fun.   The Vietnamese are friendly towards Americans - especially to tourists.   I hope you enjoyed this blog. 




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