The Story of “Vietnam day 2 evening”
Assalamualaikum all. Enjoyed the first 2 part? here is the account of the rest of second day in Ho Chi Minh City.
After a very Malaysian lunch at the cafe behind the mosque (nasi putih, lauk kari kambing, ayam goreng, sayur kacang panjang, ubi kentang, ca phe sua da – kopi susu) we went back to our hotel to send all the things we bought earlier. We go out again and head straight to Reunification palace. Please Google or search in Wikipedia about these things to get a better idea on vietnam.
Vietnam war, Reunification Palace, Agent orange, Viet Cong, Ho Chi Minh, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, French Colonization.
Our first stop…Reunification Palace. It’s so big..and full of local and international tourist.
Dining hall for dignitaries.
I framed this picture nicely and ask fahmi to shoot it. Perfect!
This is the room where the president receives his guest.
On the rooftop.
Going underground we see all the war preparation rooms such as this radio room.
After that we walk around the area enjoying the nice garden with tall trees like this:
Street food vendors consists mostly of springroll, subway like sandwich and fresh fruits. Vietnamese love fruits!
Another landmark. Notre Dame Basilica. Build by the French…its a popular tourist spot.
Just nearby the Basilica is the famous Post Office. Its still in operation. But the number of tourist outnumber the people doing business at the post office.
Superman could change here 🙂
I just love the interior. Its so classic
Portraits and statue of Ho Chi Minh is everywhere. Google to read about the legend.
Rickshaw are aplenty too. But we were warned not to use their service because lotsa tourist have been scammed before.
The motorbikes here range from the new ones right to really old one like this. Its basically a skeleton bike! Parking for motorbikes are everywhere and nobody locks their bike and helmet like in Malaysia. Its very safe for bikers here in term of bike security.
If it 3 lane per way, at any traffic light the 2 right lanes will be dominated by motorbikes. Cars, lorry, van etc will be on the left.
Family of 3 or 4 and even not wearing helmet is a common sight here. Is it not compulsary? hmmm
We decided to try VN halal restaurant (near Ben Thanh market) for dinner. It serves malay and vietnamese dish same like halal @ Saigon. The price is slightly cheaper and the taste is definitely delicious. The only thing is the service. It took a long time for the drink and dishes to arrive.
Yesterday we tried fresh springroll. Today is time for fried springroll.
Pho Bo is the one dish you should try . Its a national dish consisting of thin rice noodle (like koay teow only thinner), beef broth (like mee sup utara), slices of beef and beansprout. Delish!
Bought something to remind me of my trip.
More trinkets for you to choose.
At night (around 7+pm) everyday, Ben Thanh night market would be a nice place to shop. Look around for best buy as some unscrupulous dealers may try to swindle you.
Thats all for my second day account. Wait for day 3 tomorrow!