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Ho Chi Minh City

An April 2004 trip to Ho Chi Minh City by parkerc

MC 184 Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam More Photos
Quote: We visited Ho Chi Minh as part of out 'round-the-world trip. We entered Vietnam from Cambodia and travelled overland up to Hanoi.

MC 184

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Hotel

MC 184 Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Hotel MC 184 is one of three hotels owned by Madame Cu. All three hotels (Hotel 64 and Hotel 127 being the other two) operate by the same philosophy, with a similar pricing structure, but are scattered around the Pham Ngu Lao area (the backpackers' hangout for Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). We actually went to Hotel 64 for a room, as it was closer to where we were dropped off by the bus from the Cambodian border. We were immediately welcomed by the staff and offered free lemon juice and bananas, even though we hadn’t agreed to stay or even asked if they had any rooms. Hotel 64 was, however, full, but they said that MC 184 had some rooms, so they got us a taxi and paid for our ride. In MC ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

MC 184
184 Cong Quynah Street Dist 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(84) 8836-1679

Good Morning Vietnam

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Restaurant

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The restaurant is in the heart of the backpacker district, on the same road as Kim’s Café and Sinh Café. Surprisingly, given its name, this is part of a chain of Italian restaurants, with the other Good Morning Vietnams being around the east coast of Vietnam. I was expecting either a Western-style diner or somewhere that served the breakfast to beat all breakfasts, but alas, no. That’s not to say that this isn’t a good Italian, because it is, but the name just doesn’t fit in any way, shape, or form. The variety of dishes on offer is excellent, with most varieties of pasta on the menu together with pizzas, lasagne, and even gnocchi. There’s a wealth of vegetarian options, and the sea...Read More

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Good Morning Vietnam
197 De Tham Street District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(08) 8371894

Reunification Palace

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Attraction

Reunification Palace Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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The reunification palace was first called the Norodom Palace and was built for the French Governor General in 1868. When the French departed and the South Vietnamese government took power, the palace was renamed the independence palace and became home to Ngo Dinh Diem, the president. In 1962, after a bombing raid by Diem’s own air force in a failed assassination attempt, the palace had to be rebuilt. The new building has a fantastic late '60s feel to the architecture and an early '70s feel to the décor. The palace has pretty much been left as it stood on the famous day when the first Communist tanks arrived in Saigon on the morning of 30 April 1975 and crashed through the gates of the Indepen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Reunification Palace
106 Duong Nguyen Du, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

War Remnants Museum

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Attraction

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This was previously known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes but had a name change so as not to agitate American tourists. This is the most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh City, and for good reason. There are several American helicopters, armaments, and vehicles in the courtyard, and the museum is divided into several different sections. Upon entry, you can pick up a useful little map of the museum, letting you know what is in each area. You are supposed to visit the sections in number order and there are set routes throughout each section, although these can be confusing at times. The need to view the museum in the correct order will vary, depending on your background knowledge ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

War Remnants Museum
28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(08) 829 5587