A Visit to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

This is a photo heavy post 🙂

Hmm, I’m just too lazy to spread this over several posts.

A week ago, we had long holiday because the Khmers were celebrating Pchum Ben. With a few days on our hands we decided to visit Ho Chi Minh City again. Last time we went there we didn’t do much sightseeing, we were just there to eat and shop. We picked the place since its near, just a few hours bus ride. For the PP-HCM leg of our trip we took Mekong Express. Left 8:30 am and before 1:30 pm we were already getting our passports stamped at the Vietnam border. You know you’re in Vietnam when you see this..Heh.

I pre-booked our hotel, picked out Hong Thien Loc Hotel for its proximity to buses going to Phnom Penh and also its right along Pham Ngu Lao street. Very central. The hotel was nice enough, nothing stellar but good enough and I got a really good deal online compared to if we just walked in.

And here’s pic spam of our three day trip.

Ho Chi Minh Street Scenes

I actually feel right at home in Ho Chi Minh city. I feel like I’m just in a bigger version of Phnom Penh. What with millions of motorbikes making the city roads their race track? Well for some, the streaming hordes of motorbikes is a novelty and often scary but I must have gotten immune to it while living in Phnom Penh. I think its pretty ordinary hahaha. And I just found out I’m pretty good at crossing the road and deftly avoiding being side swept by those flying motos..

Ho Chi Minh Street Scenes - De Tham Street

Above: Backpacker Central – De Tham Street

Ho Chi Minh City Street Scenes

Tiny alleys packed with mini hotels..

Eats? One of my favorite things to do in Vietnam..We can’t get enough of Pho..

Ho Chi Minh Pho24

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup - Pho Bo

The usual tourist circuit..Hehe we decided to do what the usual tourists do..

Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace. This place obviously didn’t interest me much. This is the only photo I took of the place.

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum.

Notre Dame Cathedral Ho Chi Minh City

Lovely Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral Ho Chi MInh

Below: A really old and ornate Chinese Temple

Old Chinese Temple Ho Chi Minh City

Old Chinese Temple Ho Chi Minh City

Old Chinese Temple Ho Chi Minh City

Old Chinese Temple Ho Chi Minh City

And my favorite place in all of Ho Chi Minh City. The General Post Office. I dunno but this is just gorgeous for me. I feel like I’m on time travel and I could hang out in this place for hours.

Ho Chi MInh General Post Office

Ho Chi Minh City General Post Office

Ho Chi Minh City General Post Office

Ho Chi Minh City General Post Office

i love this ATM booths :))

Ho Chi Minh General Post Office

And oh, we also visited a lacquerwood factory..

Ho Chi Minh City Lacquerwood Export Factory

Applying layers of paint/lacquer or whatever that is. I guess I wasn’t paying attention and busy snapping away.

Ho Chi Minh City Lacquerwood Factory
Egg Shell Art

Ho Chi Minh City Lacquerwood Factory

Below: Finished Products Gallery. One can buy from here. A bit pricier than those in markets but the quality is much much better.

Ho Chi Minh City Lacquerwood Factory

Ho Chi Minh City Lacquerwood Factory

When we came back we booked Kumho Samco bus, you know we want to try out all buses plying the PP-route, just so we know which one is really the better service. Hmmm, OW was $10, the seats were good. I reckon they are better than Sapaco Tourist. At least they don’t cram the bus with ‘goods’ the way Sapaco does. Service-wise I would still prefer Mekong Express.

That’s it folks! I do have a lot of things to say about this short trip but this post is too long already. Haha.. All in all, this was a really lazy, relaxing vacation. I hope we could do this often. Hahaha. Yeah, I’m already checking out the calendar for the next PP long holiday and where we’ll be going…

1 Comment

  1. kimberly Alice

    October 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Sis, ganda naman ng mga picture na pinost moh.. their are old but if anyone could see this they remember something in their pass years.

Leave a Reply

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This