Don’t Miss Saigon


Thankfully, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) was a lot less hectic than Hanoi and lot more organised. It even had a supermarket where you can buy items for the price that is written on them rather than having to haggle for every product as we had done until now.

We didn’t stay too long in the city but we enjoyed it nonetheless. Whilst there we visited the War Remnants Museum, a haunting reminder of the atrocities committed by the Americans on the Vietnamese people. It is an exhibition that every person in the US should see but probably won’t. The museum also offered a stunning picture gallery from photographers who died during the war and who took an array of brutal yet beautiful images of battle in the countryside.

The US military vehicles outside the War Remnants Museum offer an ominous introduction to the exhibition

We also spent a lot of time walking around the city. We walked through one park where young men would play a form of hacky-sack but using a large shuttlecock instead of a ball. Watching them back-heel volley the shuttlecock over their heads repeatedly to one another was an impressive feat that I bet most professional footballers would struggle to copy.

Back-heel volley champions

We walked through another park with the strange sight of old women engaged in exercise regimes in front of hedges sculpted in the shape of wild animals.

Hedge tiger!

We walked through the central post office with its French Gothic architectural style (as designed by Gustave Eiffel himself) and its homage to the great Ho Chi Minh.

Eiffel's office

We walked along the banks of the Mekong where ships would constantly ferry in building materials to carry on the construction of this ever-expanding city.

Port Saigon

And, of course, we ate a lot, including the best Pho soup we had in Vietnam and our last chance to try Chѐ, our favourite dessert drink. There are many types of Chѐ, including drinks containing lotus seeds, mung beans or even black-eyed peas. But our preferred choice involved a combination of water-chestnut tapioca pearls, jelly and coconut milk. This delicious drink/dessert helped provide sweet memories of Saigon as we continued our journey south through the Mekong Delta towards the paradise island of Phu Quoc.




One Response to “Don’t Miss Saigon”

  1. cynthia cutler Says:

    Nearly home. Ive visited hoi chi Minh City. Been to the beatiful post office and the war museum. Everything you are doing is fantastic.
    Cant wait to see you both. love mum xxx

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