As mentioned earlier in my short post, I will start posting my travel photos from this year or even year before that.
So here are some photos and a brief explanation of places I visited in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The trip to HCMC was very short only 3 days 2 nights, so we were just cruising in the centre of the city, relaxing and visited some famous sightseeing.
The War Remnant Museum
This must be one of the most popular attraction in the city. As soon as you enter the area of the museum you can see right away military equipments, weaponry and aircraft on display including fighter planes, helicopters and tanks.The building itself has 8 themed rooms showing different aspects of anything related to the war; weapons, guns, missile, war photos etc. Some of the showcase were very gruesome, explaining in details how people were tortured/killed during the war including photos and other documentation. Not really my favorite place 😦
The Independence Palace/ The Reunification Palace
Walking distance from The War Museum was The Reunification Place. It was the home and workplace of the President during the Vietnam War and also the the symbolic site of the triumphant liberation of Saigon. As Vietnam was reunified in there, it then also well know as the Reunification Palace.
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica/ Notre Dame Church
The famous church, which was built during 1877 and 1833 by the French, serves as the nation’s Catholic center. The history of the church says that the materials used in its construction were imported from France- Notre Dame with Virgin Maria. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet).
Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office is a post office in the downtown Ho Chi Minh City, near Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the city’s main church. The building was built when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. It has a neoclassical architectural style. It was designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in harmony with the surrounding area. Today, the building is a tourist attraction.
Ben Thanh Market
The most central of all the markets. It’s a large marketplace in central Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam in District 1. Ben Thanh and its surrounding streets comprise one of the city’s liveliest areas. Everything that’s commonly eaten, worn or used by the Saigonese is available here: vegetables, meats, spices, sweets, tobacco, clothing, hardware and so forth. There’s also a healthy selection of souvenir items. However, you will need to bargain efficiently here, as prices are usually higher than elsewhere.
I wish I had more time exploring the city, there are so many places I’d like to visit but time was not on my side. Perhaps in the future I will visit again and complete my bucket list for tours in Vietnam.
See below gallery of photos of the trip. Click of the photos to show slide show.
Info credit: Wikipedia.com and LonelyPlanet.com
- Short Trip in Ho Chi Minh City- Vietnam (inarie.com)
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