Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vietnam thoughts

I’ve been in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in Vietnam for the past few days – Saigon as was – so here are a few thoughts:

  • People are very friendly – and it doesn’t appear to be put on
  • They love mopeds – a lot
  • They have no obvious indigenous culture

I know the last point is a bit controversial, but seriously, on a tour of the city, the points of interest included:

  • Communist party office block, turned museum
  • European Catholic cathedral
  • French Post Office
  • Chinese pagoda
  • Nothing Vietnamese.

Doesn’t stop it being a nice place, however, and the people really are friendly. Only thing to know beforehand is how to cross the road, which does seem to be a genuinely Vietnamese experience. The key is to ignore the traffic, and whatever you do, don’t stop. Just walk slowly through the traffic, and it will all just run around you, like water. It’s a rather bizarre experience.

Streets of Saigon - mopeds

Streets of Saigon - Communist Party banners

Saigon City Palace

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