Thursday, April 28, 2011
Ho's city of Saigon
HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City) - it's hard not to call it Saigon, and most of the folk who live there do call it by its old name. There are so many interesting buildings with great historic dna that it's difficult to keep up with what's open to the public and what's not. I've included here a couple of images of Saigon's Post Office. The beautiful, maintained building has a portrait of Uncle Ho beaming down and the cavernous space is normally packed with visitors - some there for the touristic element, the others to actually do post office business!
The other image is a group of children outside one of the museums vying for 'air' space near an air conditioner. They were almost being blown away - but it was a hot day and you do what you have to do to keep cool.
When visiting HCMC:
Visit the Reunification Palace - remember that classic end-of-the-war black and white photograph of the tank crashing through the gates here?
Try all the food. Vietnamese food is fresh, crisp and fragrant. From spicy noodles to delicious spring rolls, and for Sweet treats there are pastries to leave home for.