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Stop 16 - Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho


View Overland adventures - UK to Ho Chi Minh City and back without getting on a plane! on Chloemillen92's travel map.

Next stop, after another night train (getting really good at them now), was Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon as it's otherwise known. The city is much larger than Hanoi and has many more skyscrapers and scooters!

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The Independence Palace in the city centre is an incredibly well preserved piece of 1960s architecture and interior design - the rooftop meditation space was quickly converted to a "party room" by the South Vietnamese President soon after its construction... The palace is famous for the images of a tank breaking down the perimeter fence in 1975, during the liberation of Saigon by Communist forces.

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We spent a few days checking out the sights, mainly getting around by air con taxis cause it was pretty warm. Here is the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral.

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And the extremely grand post office.

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We got caught in a huge downpour whilst exploring the Chinese temples of the Cholon area.

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Here, we said goodbye to most of our friends who had been in Vietnam for the past couple of weeks and then took a bus further south to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta, with Emon and Becky. After arriving during the biggest storm I think I've ever seen, we woke up early the next morning for a tour with Linh, the young Vietnamese woman running our guesthouse. We headed out to a small village and onto the river to take a look at a small floating market. It was a wholesale type affair, so we were just watching the various boats bumping into each other, selling huge bags of fruits and vegetables and one floating cafe making Vietnamese coffee.

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After the market, we headed down into the small canals - they were incredibly beautiful and peaceful. It was a really rural area and we jumped on and off the boat a few times to explore the countryside.

Heading back to dry land we stopped for a noodle soup breakfast and had a look around the non-floating market, complete with frogs, mice and snakes.... which we obviously had to hold. Saying goodbye to Becky and Emon, we had another very chilled day in Can Tho wandering around temples and getting massages, before getting back on the bus to HCMC for one more night.

Back in HCMC, we tried to satisfy Chlo's cheese and wine cravings; success on the wine, "cashew nut cheese" less so...

Posted by Chloemillen92 07:08 Archived in Vietnam Tagged vietnam saigon floating_market hcmc ho_chi_minh_city mekong_delta can_tho

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