Saigon

Trip Start Mar 09, 2008
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Trip End Dec 10, 2008


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Thursday, April 17, 2008

April 18 2008 (and the peanut gallery..as usual!)

Saigon was our last stop in Vietnam and we were only going to use it as a stop over before going to Cambodia so we didn't have to much in mind for our stay here. (I really hadn't done much homework on Saigon at all) I wanted to go to the war museum, and we got a lot of pictures, which is primarily the reason Saigon has its own entry in the blog. (By this point we were sick of Vietnam, tired of packing up our stuff every morning, and really craving Thai food again!)
There was a severe thunder storm the day we arrived and lasted for 3-4 hours in the middle of the day, there was a cyclone in the north China Sea, and this was a related storm. Oh and if anyone doesn't know what a cyclone is, we call them Hurricaines !! (We went to Pho 99 for lunch to get out of the downpour, it was really good!! We haven't had the greatest luck with the most notable food of Vietnam. But this Pho was top notch! Yum! The picture was taken a little late in the eating progress...but I look pretty satisfied, and tired after eating that honking bowl of steaming Pho!)

(Once again traffic was insane! You pretty much have to step off the curb, and continue at that pace until you get to the otherside. The motorbikes will usually go around you but jeez...it's a little nerve racking! The good thing about Saigon was there wasn't as much honking as in Hanoi. A little more peace in a hectic situation.) We decided that we were done travelling and went out to the airport to buy for cheap tickets back to Thailand instead of going to Cambodia, we hadn't heard very many good stories about the Killing Fields (now owned by a Japanese company) or Ankor Wat, which we were going to stay a week, but were told that 1 day is almost too much. We will go back one day, there are direct flights and it is easy to get to.

( on the way back from the airport, we stopped at the War Museum. Wow! Harsh! I know war is horrible to all people involved but what a reality check! There were photos there that are still burned in my mind. They had a special section that was commemerating all of the international journalists who were there to follow the war, and keep everyone informed. They had a series of photos.. a trench, soldiers running, a few dead Vietnamese people, a hill...and then a little write up saying that this reporter stepped on a landmine at the top of the hill, right after taking the picture of it. His last photo was a picture of where he was about to die in a few seconds. Wow! That hit me pretty hard. And that was nothing in comparison to the next few areas. We saw jars of fetus' that were results of Agent Orange Poisoning, and all the stories of little children watching their grandparents, parents, and siblings all get massacared in front of them. Sorry...maybe I shouldn't give all the details. I left that place with a heavy heart, that's for sure!)

(One thing that keeps coming up in my mind, is in one of the photos, it shows the planes that dumped the chemicals all over and written on the plane was "purple people eater" now I remember a song that was the purple people eater..."One eyed one horned flying purple people eater...all look good to me" I can't really remember it but is there a connection there?? I realize that kids songs usually come from somewhere but that's sick! Ring around the rosey is a good example.)

(Okay that was a bit heavy...hmmmm...what else about Saigon...we had a REAL hamburger there! Yes we did! Mine had...are you ready...AVOCADO on it!!! Whoa!!! And Keir's had one with SOUR CREAM on it...Let's just say we both demolished them quick and effortlessly, and with that went to the airport to go island hopping!!! YES!!!)
 
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