Michael and Pam's Travels

Cruising Vietnam 2010

Having departed Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam is our next port of call. ย Once known as Saigon, it was renamed after the war and subsequent unification. ย We were surprised to find no one had advised the people who lived there, as they all called it Saigon. ย The Diamond Princess docked at the port of Vung Tau early and we booked tickets for the shuttle bus to Saigon, about an hour and 30 minutes away. ย We had originally looked to catch the ferry from Vung Tau to Saigon which is much quicker but apparently very unreliable. ย So we chickened out and got a long dusty bus ride.

Road side stall, Da Nang, Vietnam.  2010

Road side stall, Vung Tau, Vietnam. 2010

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As we approach Saigon the dry dusty villages disappear and the road starts to improve. ย Parks and gardens adjoin the road. ย The traffic rapidly increases and soon we are in the city surrounded by a sea of scooters and taxis. ย We are dropped off and left to our own devices. ย We manage a reasonable coffee at a Starbucks of all places.

The Reunification Palace, Saigon.  2010

The Reunification Palace, Saigon. 2010

We walk passed a cathedral, there are four weddings taking place in the grounds. ย One on each corner. ย During our wanderings we find the Reunification Palace, many statues of Hoe Chi Minh and walk the banks of the Mekong River. ย We lunch in a little Restuarant with free wifi. ย The food is really good and cheap, we clear a few emails as well.

Saigon Streetscape,  Vietnam.  2010

Saigon Streetscape, Vietnam. 2010

After lunch we walk the markets. ย Lots of people, lots of stuff but mostly lots of smells. ย We have purchased a lacquer wall hanging and it’s time to find the bus and get back to the DP for a poolside beer.

Another statue of Father Ho. Saigon, Vietnam.  2010

Another statue of Father Ho. Saigon, Vietnam. 2010

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