Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Aug. 21-25, 2007)

September 1, 2007

Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon is not a very flashy city. As busy as it is, it retains a laid back, almost rural atmosphere. There are not very many tourist spots. As luck would have it, a lot of them are just walking distance from my hotel (Bong Sen 1), including the Ben Thanh Market. The plaza with the Notre Dame and Post Office, as well as the City Hall, reflects Vietnam's 100 year French legacy.

Inside Saigon National Museum

The Central Post Office
Curiously looking like a train station in its exterior. Located beside Notre Dame Church.

Notre Dame of Saigon

Notre Dame of Saigon
Drama provided by overcast skies and late afternoon sun.

Ho Chi Minh at Dusk
Extra drama was afforded this silhouette shot by the unfurled Vietnam flag in the background.

The Opera House

Plaza Fronting City Hall

City Hall
That's the Ho Chi Minh statue dwarfed there in the foreground.

Ho Chi Minh in daylight
This is the same statue shot in full daylight.

Ho Chi Minh close up

Plaza fronting Market

Close up of that Memorial

Famous Ben Thanh Market

There are 4.5 million motorbikes in Saigon alone!

New International Airport

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