In our second day in Vietnam, we wanted to visit as many places of interest in ho chi Minh city as we can, however we didn’t want to take taxis, motorcycles or even bicycles!!
We turned our GPS on and just ran with it, and well ……. it couldn’t have turned out any better. 🙂
1) War remnant museum
We set our GPS at the hotel to find the museum!!
In any/all guides to HCMC, you’ll surely find a tip telling you to visit this museum, so is it really worth all the hype? …… HECK YES!!
The museum is consisted of 3 floors, with a big space in front of it, where there is many tanks, planes and boats from the war time.
The cost to enter the museum is 15000 dong which is really cheap and totally worth it.
In the first floor, you’ll find a lot of posters, newspapers and historic pictures, they are really interesting to see and will give you a cool perspective about the war time.
In the second floor, there are nearly all the fire arms used in the war along with their bullets and rounds.
In the third floor, there are a huge number of pictures and posters commemorating the great suffering that was endured by the great Vietnamese people until they prevailed and became a United Vietnam.
To be honest, you’ll feel quite upset from the very graphic pictures, but your respect for the Vietnamese people is gonna increase greatly.
(Caption: “long live the heroic people of Vietnam” a picture taken in Cairo, Egypt in solidarity with the Vietnamese people in the war time.)
2) Just …… keep …… walking!!
After a good tour of the museum, we set our GPS to the next destination “jade emperor pagoda” -Btw pagoda= temple!!-
We started walking and on our way we came across lots of really interesting places AND people xD
A) Reunification palace: this magnificent palace was on our way, there is a lot of history surrounding this palace and it still looks brand new!!
B) Really cool officers: now I’m not really sure if those officers are police or military, but I’m damn sure they are really friendly xD
C) coconut guy: who was cool enough to let us take a picture with his stick xD
We also bought some really delicious coconuts from him for 30000 dong each, which is a bit expensive I know but oh well … they were refreshing!!
D) The notre dam cathedral: this place looked really great and the statue in front of it was breath taking
E) The post office: this place is such an amazing establishment with a retro front and an interesting inside.
F) we were kinda hungry by then, so we headed to a nearby mall, went up to the food court, and discovered “Lotteria“, the Vietnamese McDonald’s which had a really nice and cheap lunch meal for 39000 dong, and ice cream for 3000 dong only xD
G) after eating, we continued walking till we came across few places that sells Vietnamese coffee, and since Vietnamese coffee is like really famous, we decided to try some, the coffee costed 19000 dong AND most coffee shops give you free green tea which is refillable, so that was pretty awesome.
So we basically saw/did all this on our way from the museum to the pagoda, see? That’s why walking around is THE BEST!!
Check pt2 for the rest of our day xD
Basel … OUT
(All pictures are captured with Samsung Galaxy Note I & Note II phone cameras)