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HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

May 25, 2015 by David Herd

Leaving HCMC

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat VietnamHCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam by mini bus with a one night stopover in Dalat. We travelled through some very interesting countryside stopping often for food and drinks.

Riding to school

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam Young girl wearing the traditional ao dai. The name “ao dai” was originally applied to the outfit worn at the court of the Nguyễn Lords at Huế in the 18th century.

A tip for the boys

HCMC I gave these boys a tip which made them very happy indeed.

Another happy face in Vietnam.

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

So many happy faces in Vietnam.

Beautiful country heading north

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

Rice terraces from the highway.

Village on the river

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

A whole town sits on the water.

What more could you want?

HCMC Nha Trang

Vietnam’s version of waterfront homes.

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

  HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam Compare the above and below photo and see if you can spot the difference.  

Looks the same doesn’t it?

  HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam Of course you picked it, the mother is rocking the baby. 🙂 🙂 🙂  

Paddling by foot

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

That’s a new technique.

Dalat market


Night market in Dalat.

Fresh fish at Dalat

  HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam   Đà Lạt, the capital of Lâm Đồng Province in southern Vietnam’s Central Highlands, is centred around a lake and golf course, and surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls. Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its distinctive temperate climate, Đà Lạt was developed as a resort by the French in the early 1900s, and many reminders of its colonial heritage remain.

Off to training

  HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam  The kids are looking good in their karate outfits.

Lovely smile in Dalat

  HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam  So many smiling faces in this great country.

HCMC Nha Trang

David Herd Thailand Thanks for visiting my HCMC Nha Trang post, this is really a worthwhile adventure if you want to see life in the countryside, this was 2003, check out some more recent Vietnam posts below.

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Ho Chi Minh City Saigon?

September 19, 2013 by David Herd

  Ho Chi Minh City is Honda heaven.

Ho Chi Minh motorbikes

Ho Chi Minh City Saigon is Honda heaven, it is quite a shock when you see the number of motorbikes on the streets, crossing the road seems like a game of Russian roulette. 😆

Ho Chi Minh City Saigon

ho chi minh city Saigon

As we all know Asia is the place to buy all sorts of copy & fake items, from watches to levis etc. Did you realise however in Vietnam quite a % of the Honda motorbikes are also copies of the real thing? They cost about 50% of the retail price and look identical, although the locals can tell the difference at a glance.  😆

Cyclo driver

ho chi minh city Saigon

A word of warning, these Cyclo drivers know every trick in the book when it comes to relieving you of your hard earned cash. Always establish the price & terms before you hire them. Even when you do there will usually be an argument at the end of the ride anyhow.  👿

 HCMC is fascinating.

Vietnam hcmc baguettes

Street vendors find a place to sit on the road.

Narrow buildings in HCMC.

ho chi minh city Saigon

Many of the buildings here are tall and narrow, I believe it is because they are taxed on the width of the property. It can be a little confusing wondering whether to refer to the city as Ho Chi Minh City Saigon, most Americans, French & Australians have the name Saigon burned into their brains.

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War Remnants Museum

ho chi minh city Saigon

Once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum is consistently the most popular museum in HCMC with Western tourists. Many of the atrocities documented here were well publicized in the West, but rarely do Westerners have the opportunity to hear the victims of US military action tell their own stories. Watching the films and studying the photos had a profound effect on me, I believed then & I still believe today the Vietnam war was one of the darkest periods of Australia & America’s history. The pain & suffering we inflicted on these wonderful people should never be forgotten. Strangely enough all the people I met seemed to hold no grudge against us, they refer to it not as the Vietnam war but the American war. I remember it as a shocking blight on our history, and I applaud this small country for being able to withstand the might of the most powerful military machine in the world and come out victors.

Mekong river tour

ho chi minh city Saigon

A half day trip that is really worth taking.

Beautiful face in Vietnam

ho chi minh city Saigon

This beautiful little girl sang a song for us on our Mekong Delta tour.

One of the many tours you can take from HCMC is the Mekong River tour which is well worth the time. However my favorite tour was to the Cu Chi tunnels where you can actually crawl through the narrow underground tunnels and experience the terror of being trapped in a small dark place. I like many people suffer from Claustrophobia however I forced myself to face my demons and entered the dreaded tunnels. I crawled about 25 meters then made my escape at the first available exit, with a huge sigh of relief and a feeling of achievement.

The saddest face in Saigon.

Saigon This poor little girl was begging for money with her mother watching from 5 meters away, instead of cash we gave her food, I’ll never forget this beautiful sad face.

Another beautiful face in HCMC.

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A beautiful face in ho chi minh city Saigon.

AK 47 at Cu Chi

AK 47 Cu Chi Tunnels

As they said in the movie Jackie Brown, AK-47, The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherxxxxx in the room, accept no substitutes.

M16 at the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Cu Chi tunnels ak47

There is a range at the Cu Chi tunnels where you can fire all the lethal weapons used in the Vietnam war, quite an incredible experience.

So it really doesn’t matter whether you call the city Ho Chi Minh City Saigon or not, either way it is a fascination place.

Here is a link for some very interesting things and photos of Vietnam.

Here is a short video of me firing an M60, my crazy friend with the camera got such a fright with the noise and the shells ejecting he lost control of the camera. Is it any wonder his nickname is Pothole?  😆

Needless to say I thought the Vietnam war was a terrible shocking mistake.

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