Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Charming Ho Chi Minh

Yes, I am down to my final post on Vietnam. I figured I'd better stop before I get a good trashing from people who's so sick of reading about Vietnam....After filling you with so many posts on Vietnamese cuisine, guess I'll need to complete the loop by writing on places of interest in HCM :)

The Reunification Palace in HCM City is usually a compulsory stop for tourists...It's the former presidential palace in south Vitenam..Just a stroll away is the War Museum, which I didnt take any picture of..

The Notre Dame Cathedral, a famous historical place in HCM City..
Located just next to it..The Central Post Office. Managed to buy some really cute stamps for my dad..
There's also the People's Committee building nearby..And if you are hungry, you may want to hop on the dinner cruise on Saigon river..
Else, there's always wonderful live band and sipping drinks al fresco at one of the hotels..Enjoying the night scenery..

One must not miss the famous Cu Chi Tunnels..But if you are claustrophobic, you'd better no try going into the tunnel...

We managed to witness the daily mass by Caodaism followers, which was pretty interesting. The Cao Dai temple is located approximately 100 km from HCM..
Whats so special? This is a religion that combines Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Catholic..Talk about muhibbah eh? Oh, and the temple's real colourful too..
We went to nearby lacquer factory to see the production of lacquer ware..
Mekong Delta was interesting..
Visiting sleepy My Tho town before taking a row boat ride in the tight canal snaking one of the nearby islands..
Storm was brewing when we were leaving Mekong delta..Though I must say that I do like this shot..
And so ends my trip in Ho Chi Minh....And also my posts on Vietnam..
Hope you find it useful, maybe for your future trip to Vietnam? I was there for 9 days, and I must say that it's not sufficient..we didnt even get to visit Central Vietnam.. *sniffs*
Last but not least, a BIG thank you to Jeffrey for being such a gracious host! We will never forget your hospitality :)
And to Dragongirl, thanks for being such a fantastic back packing kaki, I've enjoyed the years of travelling with you :). Though one is almost deaf and the other; with the softest voice ever; we still make good travelling mates.hehe. Here's to many more trips to come!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love backpacking! Used to do plenty of it in Europe. Now next time you go a-back-packing, call me lah... For once, I know I can count on someone else to record the adventures, hehe. :P

02 January, 2008  
Blogger Big Boys Oven said...

walio what a good adventure in Vietnam...... I also want to follow if you are inviting kenny! lol!

03 January, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

keeny: you sure you want to follow me for back packing ke? nanti gf jealous, i'm dead! :p

bigboysoven: quite fun i must say..some good, some bad..sure u wanna join me? haha

03 January, 2008  
Blogger TuT said...

hey, that's my watch!

well, i will be waiting for your return in the next 24 months! this time, we complete the balance 35% of the cuisine, yeah :P

03 January, 2008  
Blogger MeiyeN said...

my bestie just came back from vietnam and she told me that except for da very polluted air, everything is fantastic! happy new year to you and your loved ones! may 2008 brings lotsa happiness, fortune, more trips and good health to you! =)

04 January, 2008  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

omg..9 days but i seem to b reading about vietnam for months kekeke..

looks like i will know where to go if i book my ticket to vietnam..better still, know your friend!

04 January, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

tut: yes, i would have preferred to show your face actually..haha..wah, 24 months is a long long time..but i wanna have the mud skippers next time we are there!

meiyen: glad she had a good time too! happy new year to you too meiyen!

joe: aduh adik joe, i dont have the luxury to post everyday it took so long.. can send emails to tut for advise too..

04 January, 2008  
Blogger LianneK said...

Hi SC, Vietnam looks really good after following your series of adventure. Out of curiosity, what is inside Chu Chi Tunnel?

06 January, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

imbi&itchy: cu chi tunnel was used during vietnam war..the vietnamese lived in there during the war..different levels serves different purposes..first level are traps for enemies..etc. we were only allowed to try the 'fake' tunnel which was rather scary actually..

06 January, 2008  
Blogger TuT said...

sure, 35% and we do repeats again on what you like :)

07 January, 2008  
Blogger Last-of-the-Dragon said...

that person will always reply "nevermind" to your "huh?" kekekee.......

it was great fun and looking fwrd to our next trip

11 January, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

tut: haha..i like nearly everything then? :p

last-of-the-dragon: hahaha..sweet.. yes, to more trips and more fun!

12 January, 2008  
Blogger TuT said...

err ... then, you have to double your days here :)

15 January, 2008  
Blogger TuT said...

24 months have passed! In fact, almost 34 months ... so, planning for any "Good morning Vietnam" trip?

05 September, 2010  
Blogger sc said...

woah,J! been almost 3 years already!! ML and I just spoke of you a few weeks back..hehe..about your wedding and how time flies :p. and yes, we did speak of vietnam :). so, it's good time for revisit? hehe

06 September, 2010  
Blogger TuT said...

There shouldn't be any major changes since the last time you came ... maybe more urbanization (high rises) and more local eateries (nice, no?). Well, anytime is not a bad time ... but if you do plan to come with ML, i suggest year-end because the weather is cooler :)

07 September, 2010  
Blogger sc said...

tut:ooo, more eateries sounds divine! :p yeah, year end sounds like a better alternative to me too..what about you? when are you bringing back your wifey for a visit?

12 September, 2010  
Blogger TuT said...

it's always good time to travel during year end ... i can't confirm my schedule right now, but i should have some time by then. not sure when i am going back ... let's see, i will let you know :)

14 September, 2010  

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