Good Morning Vietnam!!!
Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
135Trip End Sep 23, 2011
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Our first stop is to Ho Chi Minh (HCMC or simply Saigon) for two nights. As soon as we stepped foot in Vietnam we were confronted with the loud, overbearing, stiffling chaos with the constant background noise of million motorbikes cranked up to full.....goodbye tuk-tuks!
Our itinerary for Saigon was the Reunification Palace and the Remnants Museum. Our first stop, the Palace, was where the communist tank crashed the gate on 30th April 1975; the day Saigon surrendered. The Palace is where the President lived and has been kept in a time-warp and looks just like it did on that day - completely boring! I was particularly not impressed and thought it was not a trip worthwhile and definitely should not be on the recommended list of things to do in HCMC; especially considering how overpriced it is
Despite the Palace's disappointment, the War Remnants Museum is a must-see for anyone visiting HCMC. Even those who are not remotely interested in the Vietnam War should still find this museum compelling. So for us two, ever increasing history lovers, this museum was right up our street (or nostril as Thomas has just quoted....weirdo). The museum had planes, tanks and every type of machine gun you could imagine. Whereas, I was a little more interested in the survivor stories of the concentration camps. The third floor was where we both stood silently for a long time looking at the images of the after effects of Agent Orange. For those who don't know Agent Orange it was the deadliest toxic herbicide spray (in the world!) that the US Army covered Vietnam with and to this day still causing cancers, deformities, blindness and deadly illnesses. Shocking.
For more information just type Agent Orange into 'Google' or visit the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/227467.stm
Another skill we quickly had to learn was the art of crossing the Vietnam roads
Much Love from Saigon,
Hollie and Thomas x x x x