Ho Chi Minh City Journals

Saigon’s Straw Skyscraper

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A February 2004 trip to Ho Chi Minh City by SeenThat

Cho Ben Chanh Market Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam More Photos
Quote: Despite officially being District #1 of Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon is the most historically significant name; few cities offer a more fascinating past.

A French Defeat Monument: Downtown Saigon

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South Vietnam Government Site Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Overall, Vietnam made an astonishing recovery since the end of the American War (as it is called there). From being an insignificant producer of coffee before the war, it became in year 2000 the biggest producer of Robusta beans; its population more than doubled, pampered children are ubiquitous. The population growth and the economy boom accompanying it forced the reconstruction of the country and few marks are left of the barbarous destruction during the war.That is true with the clear exception of Saigon, which became District #1 of Ho Chi Minh City. It is impossible to visit the city ...Read More

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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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Located seventy kilometres northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in an area called the "Iron Triangle," the Cu Chi Tunnels were more than two-hundred kilometres long. Most of that have been preserved by the Vietnamese government, though very short parts have been expended to "Tourist Size," as local guides like to joke. The tunnels were the base of operations of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Tet Offensive in 1968. For years they were part of communication and supply routes, hiding spots during combat, hospitals, weapon caches, intelligence operation bases and living quarters. The ...Read More

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

Cho Ben Chanh Market Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Very close to downtown Saigon, Cho Ben Chanh Market offers a golden opportunity to take a close look at a South East Asian market. The market is placed within a low, attractive French colonial building featuring a square clock tower. Its interior is visitors’ friendly, with ordered stalls and clean corridors. Beyond the expected gewgaws and knickknacks, the market offers wonderful food stalls offering Vietnamese food. The best bets are coffee, fruits and pho.CoffeeLike ...Read More

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The Mekong Delta

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The Tunnels of Cu Chi Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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The Mekong Delta is one of the most fascinating parts of Vietnam. It imparts an undefined ambience somewhere between a lush jungle and busy paddy fields; old cultures hide there behind bushy orchards and traditional crafts.Reaching the area from nearby Saigon is easy; all tourism agencies offer trips into the area in a variety of deals. Vietnamese police want all foreigners to use official transport – mainly for surveillance reasons as described in my "A Passport Theft Odyssey" article. Howe...Read More

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A Passport Theft Odyssey

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Communist Flag Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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More than any other country in South East Asia, Vietnam keeps security threats for the traveler. Few visitors have neither witnessed violence directly nor know a victim of violence; being aware of the dangers can ensure a pleasant and safe visit.The main, incessant, shock awaiting the traveler in Vietnam are the touts. They are much more violent than elsewhere in the region and they do not give up. Beyond legal commercial activities, many of them cater for ...Read More