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.
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.
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!