3 days in Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City – 2013; Day 1 – in the city

We arrived in Saigon around 5:30 AM, and caught a taxi from the station to the hotel we’d booked – which took only about 10 minutes. And, the taxi driver didn’t try to cheat us, so this was a good start.

Our hotel - we arrived before 6AM

Our hotel – we arrived before 6AM

The Tan Hai Long Hotel is located on the edge of the upmarket centre of town, about 10 minutes walk to the centre.  In the centre the restaurants are quite expensive, but near our hotel there are plenty of cheap alternative. It’s about 15 minutes further walk from the centre to the backpacker area. The room charge per night including tax etc. and breakfast was VND1,491,000.

lobby

lobby

bedroom

bedroom

looking out the window to a rooftop opposite

looking out the window to a rooftop opposite

chickens

chickens

he noticed me looking and held up a rooster

he noticed me looking and held up a rooster

menu

menu

breakfast buffet - you can, of course, order eggs, omelettes etc.

breakfast buffet – you can, of course, order eggs, omelettes etc.

breakfast buffet

breakfast buffet

breakfast buffet

breakfast buffet

breakfast buffet

breakfast buffet

yum

yum

breakfast buffet

breakfast buffet

breakfast buffet

breakfast buffet

these were yummy

these were yummy

park across the road

park across the road

After some coffee and Internet browsing we went to the market – which was across the road.

the men in green uniforms are to be found at major intersections to help tourists safely cross the road

the men in green uniforms are to be found at major intersections to help tourists safely cross the road

in the markets

in the markets

in the markets

in the markets

in the markets

in the markets

Then a stroll up the main road to a pattisserie.

cake and coffee

cake and coffee

Time to look around a little…

so many bikes

so many bikes

the Rex Hotel

the Rex Hotel

the Opera House

the Opera House

and then had to have French for lunch

La Cuisine, 48 Le Thanh Ton

La Cuisine, 48 Le Thanh Ton

blackboard menu

blackboard menu

main of the 3 course menu

main of the 3 course menu

dessert

dessert

Well, we’d better do some sight seeing.

the Post Office

the Post Office

inside the post office

inside the post office

…and across the road…

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

…then a few minutes stroll through…

this park

this park

..to..

War Remnants Museum

the War Remnants Museum

This museum, on the American War (AKA the Vietnam War), is excellent, if depressing at times.  This was the highlight of my stay in Saigon, actually, as I had been alive during this war.

outside the museum

outside the museum

outside the museum

outside the museum

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The Americans killed two million civilians, according to another exhibit.

outside the museum

outside the museum

We returned to the hotel for a rest, and later ventured out into the night.

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

the river

the river

night scenes in Saigon, on the river

night scenes in Saigon, on the river

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

night scenes in Saigon

the Rex Hotel

the Rex Hotel

the Rex Hotel

the Rex Hotel

the rooftop bar, at the Rex Hotel

the rooftop bar, at the Rex Hotel

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