Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day 3: Vibrant Ho Chi Minh Part 2 - Striking Balance

Cu chi tunnels gave us a glimpse of Vietnamese ingenuity. They make mean traps. And once the enemies got caught, they will not die instantly, rather they'll experience a slow, brutal excruciating death. I cannot imagine how painful it'll be.

After Cu Chi tunnels, we dropped by the War Remnants Museum, famous for its exhibits relating to American War crimes. You can see here the weapons used by the Americans and their effects; like agent orange and napalm bombs.  Some say that this museum only shows one sided view of the war.

War Remnant Museum

I suggest that when you go to Cu Chi tunnels, you have to visit this museum too, to strike balance.

Our 3rd day in HCMC day is all about history, the early part was spent on learning about the war that happened. The other half was spent on viewing significant HCMC structures.

Reunification Palace - serves as residence of Vietnams' former President

This is place is just near the museum we decided to drop by. Unfortunately, it's past 5pm, the Palace is close.

Reunification Palace

City Hall
Compared to our Manila City Hall, HCMC's City Hall is grander! French influence is very visible on the buildings' facade. Right infront, a statue of Ho Chi Minh can be seen.  And at night, the building is illuminated.
trio siraulo

Uncle Ho and City Hall

Ben Thanh Market
We put our bargaining skills to the test. We bought shirts, bags and souvenir items. You really have to ask for discounts and try your best to haggles. Eventually, they'll give you the price you'll ask for. 

goods for sale

It is our last night in HCMC.  We were so tired but it was worth it! :)

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