Wednesday, April 6, 2011

3D2N Ho Chi Minh City Trip – Day 2

Day 2, breakfast was settled in the hotel. The cafe looks clean and spacious, not sure the reason, but we seems to be the only ones having breakfast.

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Kless’s selection for breakfast.

At least Joey seems to be enjoying..

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Breakfast is over, it’s time for the real stuff!

1st stop: Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica. Established by French colonists, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has 2 bell towers, reaching a height of 58m (190 feet). It’s also a popular place for taking wedding photos.

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Joey poses in front of the bell towers. Those pink shades did come in handy.

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The writings on the wall are so interesting. At least I can understand one of it =)

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Joey still has a lot to learn about prayers. No laughing matters.

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2nd stop: Main Post Office in Ho Chi Minh. Across the cathedral is the famed post office. This is another example of the magnificent French design. It’s massive high ceilings and numerous wickets speaks of another place in time.

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It is exactly such retro things that captivates us in HCMC.

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Time to take a break. Ice cream time!!

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Coffee!! Hallelujah!

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3rd stop: Saigon Opera House. This is a smaller counterpart of the Hanoi Opera House. Again it’s the architect of the French colonists. Too bad we were too early and the opera house is not opened yet.

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4th stop: Saigon River. This river is important to HCMC as it is the main water supply as well as the host of Saigon Port, with a cargo volume of more than 35 million metric tons load/unload. It is here we took the 1hr river cruise. I have to say this is probably the heart of the entire trip.

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This is the lady who is going to bring us around the river. She is so cute, along the way she will try to get us to take certain photos and even offered her help to take a family photo for us. Vietnamese people are generally very peaceable.

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Joey was quite afraid of the boat ride and stuck to our sides initially.

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But soon she is her usual self. Active!

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I really love the colors of the boat, the red and the blue stands out so vividly against the blue sky. I love this group of photos.

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You would think twice if you want to go into the waters. But the kids seems to be having fun. Simple life is bliss.

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Some other interesting things we see along the river. A huge boat entirely made of wood.

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Made shift tent.

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Coffin shop.

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Don’t miss this boat ride if you are in HCMC.

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Lunch was Japanese food. Every country we go to, Jap food is never a miss. Actually the doorman at the hotel we stayed in thought we were Koreans. Maybe it’s because of Joey’s eyes bah..

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Yummy!!

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After lunch, we went back to the hotel for a short nap. With Joey, this is one trip I slept the most.

Wake up, we are going to the night market le! The night market is just the 2 streets besides Ben Thanh Market.

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We realised the locals really like to eat shell seafood.

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Photo only, you will find me dead before I eat that fish.

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How can we not buy a traditional Vietnamese costume for Joey? Isn’t she cute?

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