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.
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..
Above: Backpacker Central – De Tham Street
Tiny alleys packed with mini hotels..
Eats? One of my favorite things to do in Vietnam..We can’t get enough of Pho..
The usual tourist circuit..Hehe we decided to do what the usual tourists do..
Reunification Palace. This place obviously didn’t interest me much. This is the only photo I took of the place.
War Remnants Museum.
Lovely Notre Dame Cathedral
Below: A really old and ornate Chinese Temple
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.
i love this ATM booths :))
And oh, we also visited a lacquerwood factory..
Applying layers of paint/lacquer or whatever that is. I guess I wasn’t paying attention and busy snapping away.
Egg Shell Art
Below: Finished Products Gallery. One can buy from here. A bit pricier than those in markets but the quality is much much better.
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…