Ho Chi Minh City Journals

Saigon: Relishing the Present, Reminiscing the Past

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A December 2003 trip to Ho Chi Minh City by MythMin

The Tunnels of Cu Chi Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam More Photos
Quote: Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is located in southern Vietnam by the Saigon River. It is Vietnam's largest city, and is bursting with history and culture. This journal is about the places I visited during my trip to South Vietnam, and my experiences in this post-war country.

Saigon: Relishing the Present, Reminiscing the Past

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Ho Chi Minh City Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Vietnam is slowly developing, despite the war that had retarded the country for so many years. I simply loved walking about Ho Chi Minh City at night. The city looks mesmerizing during this time, with blinding lights all over the city and shops open until the late of the night. There are many tourists and locals seen mingling and walking around the city, and the number of motorbikes seen on the road is actually rather terrifying! From my trip to Ho Chi Minh City, I believe that the one thing that has touched me most is to witness the determination and graciousness of the Vietnamese. After going through the terrifying war, they can still find light at the end of the dreary tunnel a...Read More

The Tunnels of Cu Chi

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Attraction | "The Cu Chi Tunnels"

The Tunnels of Cu Chi Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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The Cu Chi district is located 65km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The historic site of the Cu Chi Tunnels is located here. Upon arriving, a short introduction is given at the tunnel tourist centre, introducing visitors to the tunnel system, and there is a short movie clip of the Vietnam War and the significance of the tunnels during the war. Well, basically, the Cu Chi Tunnels were used by the Vietcong to attack the American troops. The tunnels are well hidden in the forest, but there are safe pathways for the tourists. All around the forests, small holes in the ground that could only fit one person were dug. These holes were used by the Vietcong to hide from enemies during the ti...Read More

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The Tunnels of Cu Chi
Củ Chi District
Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon

War Remnants Museum

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Attraction | "The War Remnants Museum"

War Remnants Museum Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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"On March 8, 1965, for the first time, a unit of US troops landed on Da Nang." This is what was written on the front cover of the brochure that I received when I arrived at the War Remnants Museum, the most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Just above this statement is a picture of the troops marching into Vietnam waving the American flag, and the whole picture brochure does suggest what the Vietnamese are trying to indicate in the most subtle manner. The War Remnants Museum was previously known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, but changed its name to steer clear of controversy and to avoid offending certain tourists. The museum is transparent in all aspects of t...Read More

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

The Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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If you want to experience typical French classical architecture without actually going to France, drop by the Le Duan Boulevard, where the Ho Chi Minh City Notre Dame Cathedral stands. This magnificent twin-towered, neo-Romanesque structure was built by the French during their colonial occupation in Saigon in the late 19th century. It is an exact duplicate of the Notre Dame Cathedral found in Paris, France, though a much smaller version. The Notre Dame Cathedral was built with the original in mind, and attractive red bricks, as well as the original stained-glass windows, were brought all the way from France to Vietnam. Nevertheless, you will notice that there are no more stained-g...Read More

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The Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office
Dong Khoi, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Beach Town of Vung Tau

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Vung Tau Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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The district of Vung Tau is approximately 120k and a 2-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. It is popular beach town for visitors who want a nice getaway from the traffic of the city. It was dark when my family and I arrived in Vung Tau, and we checked into our hotel for the night, The Beautiful Hotel (My Le Hotel). The beach town is not very lively during the night, perhaps except for the few bars along the street that were open for business. It is a peaceful and quiet town, especially during the night, and a stroll across the street was rather refreshing, with the sound of the waves audible from a distance. Early in the morning, we visited Jesus Hill, wh...Read More