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May 22, 2008

HCMC (Saigon) City Tour

Ho Chi Minh City / Vietnam

Can you spot three dogs here? Hope they are not for the dining table…

The traffic condition in Ho Chih Min is an eye opener for tourists; motorists come from all directions!

We made our own city tour around Ho Chi Minh City. This is the Central Post Office, which is just opposite Notre Dame Cathedral.

Right in the centre is the portrait of Ho Chi Minh, one of the most influential people in the 20th century as named by Time Magazine. He established the communist-governed Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeated the French Union. Then he led the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War until his death. Six years later, the North Vietnamese won and Vietnamese unification followed. The formal capital of Saigon was then renamed as Ho Chi Minh City in his honour.

The Notre Dame Cathedral was established by the French colonists and has hundred over years of history.

The Reunification Palace, formerly known as Independence Palace, is a historic landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. It was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during Vietnam War and the site of the official handover of power during the fall of Saigon in 1975.

The people like to sit along the roadside eating, drinking and chit-chatting with friends. Is this a French influence as there are also many sidewalk cafes in France? (HCMC was once under French rule.) The tables and chairs are usually small and low.

A mobile street hawker on the move, selling pastries.

People in HCMC rely a lot on motorbikes, just like there are alot of cyclists in China. The air is really polluted (you can see most motorists wear a face mask) and noise pollution is not any better with so much honkings on the road.

This is a high-end boutique bearing a designer’s label. The setting of the boutique is really nice but they stopped me from taking photos. However, it was too late, I had already snapped some! XP

Vietnamese straw hats are sold as tourist souvenirs.

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7 Comments Leave your comment

  • Josh said on February 7, 2009 10:37 pm

    After seeing the photos, I just realized that I am missing a friend who is from Ho Chi Min. She mentioned a lot about Vietnam which is her motherland and I believe the everything was in deed true.

  • eunice said on February 13, 2009 11:27 am

    @Josh: I see, it’s actually quite cheap to travel around HCMC, though I don’t think I will go there again.

  • Jk said on January 3, 2012 11:54 am

    Hi, I’ll be going Ho Chi Minh around march. Because i heard from my supervisor that the clothes there are cheap, he also told me that those clothes are also found in Singapore like bugis street, far east plaza. So i was wondering are those clothes there fashionable as in suitable for youngster? around age 19 to 20. Sorry because i wasnt able to find any clothes picture from HCMC.

    Hope to get your reply ASAP thanks in advance!! (:

  • eunice said on January 3, 2012 12:23 pm

    @JK: I went there 3 yrs ago but didn’t get any clothes that I like. But it depends on individual. U hv to bargain. Look around first.

  • Samir said on February 11, 2012 10:36 am

    What an amazing presentation of a traffic concept, and we think our commute is stressful. I’m impressed, but your still photos also does it justice.

  • isaac said on March 26, 2012 12:35 pm

    i have been to Vietnam with my family but they use U.S dollar to buy things in some places they really like U.S dollar

  • isaac said on March 26, 2012 12:35 pm

    i have relatives there

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