Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vietnam Trip - Ho Chi Minh

My first backpack started in Vietnam last 26th of September and I admit, it wasn't perfect. I woke up so early to prepare and waited for my dear friend Ann to pick me up in my block. She was so late that we missed our flight. I was quite mad but eventually, we booked a ticket for the same day but on a later time and she paid it all so I was a bit relieved that time. So we were in Lion Air at around 11 in the morning and arrived in Ho Chi Minh City after 2 hours of flight. We were about to wait for her older sister's arrival but even her sister missed her flight in Tiger Airways. So we took a taxi going to the hotel and surprisingly, it was quite nice for a very cheap price! It was called Hoang Phong Hotel.

Since we were running out of time, we immediately went out of the hotel to check the city. Our first stop was in War Remnants Museum and it primarily contains exhibits relating to American phase of Vietnam war. It was so depressing looking on those pictures, mostly were the victims of war and how they were treated like an animal. I felt a sad atmosphere during that time and most of the tourists were showing the same expression. The museum also shows some equipments used on the Vietnam war. We next visited the Reunification Palace, it was the site of the official handover of power during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. It was then known as Independence Palace but unfortunately, it was closed that time that we just took the picture from the outside. Afterwards, we walked to the Notre Dame Basilica which has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters. It was a French architecture and all the original building materials were imported from France. Nearby, we found the Saigon Central Post Office where we bought some postcards and sent them to our family in Manila. The building was
constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century and has a Gothic architectural style. It was designed and constructed by the same archict of the famous Eiffel tower.

Ann and I felt a need for some food so we decided to have our dinner in Ben Thanh market but on our way to this place, we saw the famous Ho Chi Minh City Hall. It was built in 1902-1908 in a French colonial style but it is not open to the public and tourists. It is now formally branded as People's Committee Hall, the statue of Uncle Ho in the front is a very popular place for photos. Afterwards, we went to this certain restaurant near the market and we had our dinner. We both had noodle and eventually satisfied with what we ate. So the shopping began in Ben Thanh Market where we bought some shirts, a cap, souvenir, ref magnet, keychains and other stuffs. We were busy shopping but the rain fell and we decided to go back to hotel to rest as it was a bit late and we still have an early flight the next day to Hanoi.


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