Its been a while and i’m back again to share another photowalks.
Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. And formerly known as Saigon. The city’s name was taken from the North Vietnam’s famous leader Ho Chi Minh. Currency known as Vietnam Dong. Common means of transportation is by Cab or Trishaw . This City has a growing Economy visible through its structures, buildings and commercial establishments surrounding the City. Despite a fast and booming economy, it gives importance to their rich history preserving and keeping the historical structures and places to its best condition. I’m impressed by how they keep their natural surrounding synched to the city’s growth and most especially very much impressed by the nice, cheerful and friendly people.
We stayed at Elegant Saigon Hotel which is very near the city. The above photo is the kind receptionist at our hotel who’s very helpful to show us of how to go around the city. We went to Ben Tahn Market after bringing our bags in our room. Ben Tanh Market is just a walking distance away from our hotel.
Ben Tahn Market view taken from the rotunda Statue of Tran Nguyen Hanh. Inside Ben Tahn Market , lots of things to buy: They sell mostly the traditional Vietnamese clothes, souvenirs and coffee.
Bought some souvenirs inside the market
Seen from afar is the Bitexco Financial Tower which is owned by Bitexco Group, a Vietnamese company.
Vietnam is famous to this kind of hat
We ate at one of the Vietnamese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh, popularly known as “Pho 2000”.
We then saw this photo the former US president Bill Clinton which also paid a visit here.
Rickshaw one of the common transpo in Ho Chi Minh
Handicraft Factory. This is one of the most popular handicraft works in Vietnam. With handicapped or people with disabilities doing most of the handicrafts.
A handicapped man doing this work of art from eggshells
The Finish products
This rectangular cover will flip over only to know that its a dangerous trap! Use by the vietnamese people during the war to trap enemies.
Food during vietnam war: Tapioca roots with brown sugar and peanut with tea made from common leaves found around the area
Empty Bomb Shell
American M41 tank
Cu Chi Tunnel: The entrance to the Cu Chi Tunnel. This tunnel has been used during French Occupation. If you’re brave enough to get in the tunnel, just try it for experience to see and feel on how the old Vietnamese people survived going through this tunnel.
War Remnants Museum: Here you can find the air craft collection and the photos during the Vietnam war
Reunification Palace:The home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Notre Dame Cathedral (the rear view): A cathedral which was established by French colonists, and was constructed between 1863 and 1880.
Front view from afar of the Cathedral……
….and a closer view of the Cathedral
Saigon Central Post Office: Just near the Notre Dame Cathedral which you will not miss out is the Saigon Central Post Office. It is a neoclassical architectural style structure designed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel.
A bride and a groom doing prenup moments in front of Saigon post office
This is what’s inside the Saigon Central post Office
Saigon City Hall – A French colonial style structure
Frontal view of the Saigon City Hall
Thien Hau Temple: A Chinese style temple located in the Street of Nguyen Trai in Ho Chi Minh.
A closer detail of the small statues in Thien Hau Temple
A unique incense sticks in a spiral form hanging from the ceiling of this temple
Vietnamese Rice paper for spring rolls
Vietnamese Spring roll
Ho Chi Minh by night