Saturday, August 6, 2011

Classic Ho Chi Minh

Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City is known for its large population and even larger population of motos. After experiencing Hanoi, I think Saigon is much less overwhelming because the streets are larger and quieter.
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We set out to explore the night market one evening. The sky was illuminated with lightning due to an electric storm.
From K - Saigon

From K - Saigon


Balloon vendors are really popular in SE Asia...
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At the night market, we saw lots of women selling different flavors/colors of sticky rice. They also have condensed milk and other sweet toppings.
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Although Saigon might be a little easier to navigate than Hanoi, there are still plenty of motorbikes.
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We walked through some sculpture gardens around noon when we were waiting for the Reunification Palace to reopen at 1pm.
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French architecture is a common sight in Saigon, as are fresh baguettes.
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We visited the Reunification Palace, which was taken over on April 30, 1975, by the North Vietnamese army.
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The Palace has been kept exactly how it was in 1975.
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Greetings, Uncle Ho.
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From K - Saigon

In the basement we saw strategic military maps and vintage radio equipment.
The basement had a very Soviet/communist aesthetic.
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From K - Saigon

From K - Saigon

Before leaving, we walked through a few more rooms, including the kitchen.

I noticed the all-important ice cream maker. Gotta make sure Uncle Ho gets his ice cream fix!
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On an unrelated note, we had an interesting surprise when a bat flew out of our air conditioner in the hotel room:
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From K - Saigon


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