Wandering the streets of Saigon

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Xin chào!

We met up with Derick and David and the fun has begun. Not that we weren’t already having a good time, but David and Derick are on a temporary vacation. We are packing a tour of the entire country in just two weeks! You should be seeing more posts now, while we travel to different destinations more frequently.

On their first day, we explored some tourist attractions for the first time since Christina and I have been in Vietnam. We visited the Notre-Dame of Saigon and the Saigon Central Post Office, both of which are from French colonists. Afterward, we got some refreshing Vietnamese iced coffee to give us a boost for more walking. From there, we took a stroll through a market in the city center where you could buy anything from bubble tea to shorts, with many of the vendors trying to get you to look at their merchandise. Later for dinner we ventured out of our Airbnb for some delicious street food, literally on the edge of the road with motorbikes zooming by.

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Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, or Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, with the Saigon Central Post Office to the right
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Eating cơm tấm on tiny plastic stools next to a busy street

The next day we visited the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum. Though the museum is difficult to get through and you may be holding back tears as you look at horrifying images, I highly recommend any adult to see it. It frames the Vietnam War, or the American War, from the Vietnamese perspective. Politically, the war was embarrassing for the United States and for that reason it goes largely undiscussed to the point where the average American knows little other than it was bad. The War Remnants museum shows an accurate depiction of the war that was full of war crimes and atrocities and one that still has an effect on the country in the way of active land mines and disabilities caused by Agent Orange. This museum had a sobering effect on me, but I’m glad I learned about the war from the perspective of the Vietnamese. It gives me even more respect for the people in this country.

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Jade Emperor Pagoda
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War Remnants Museum

We have left Ho Chi Minh City and now we are in Dalat you should hear about that in our next post. Thanks for following us through Vietnam!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Melissa says:

    Very cool! Yeah I remember you guys mentioning the museum, glad you got to see it in person (and made it through).
    Looks like the weather is cooperating as well for sight seeing (despite the freaky storm)
    Thanks for the updates, stay safe, and have fun! 🙂
    Melissa

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    1. sherlocktech says:

      The museum is definitely a must see if you are in Ho Chi Minh City.

      Weather has been alright, a little rainy at times. What is this storm you speak of? Are talking about the typhoon that hit earlier this month? That sounded bad, but luckily for us it landed before we were here.

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      1. Melissa says:

        I was just remembering that video of the storm rolling in that Christina posted on Instagram a few days ago. Haha Glad to hear you’ve been missing out on the typhoons so far as well though!

        Melissa

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  2. Rebecca Banner says:

    Looking like soo much fun!

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    1. sherlocktech says:

      It has been very fun indeed! Stay tuned for updates about Dalat.

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  3. Cynthia Ann Stephens says:

    Enjoyed the humility of this post and your respect for what Vietnam has been through at the hands of Americans.

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    1. sherlocktech says:

      The museum was very well done. It wasn’t only about how the war effected Vietnam, but how it effect all who were involved. One of my favorite sections was about the photographers who lost their lives covering the war.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your story and pictures. I had the chance to visit Vietnam over Thanksgiving and took an epic ride on the backseat of a motorbike through the streets of Saigon. I included a link to the video as I suspect you’ll recognize a few of places. Cheers!

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    1. Sean says:

      Thanks for sharing your video. Riding a motorbike was something we missed out on, unfortunately. Glad we get to ride vicariously through your video!

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