Ho Chi Minh

Day 178- Floating Market and Water Puppet Show

This morning we got up early to see the Floating Market! It is only open from 4AM-9AM because the Floating Market is where all of the wholesale transactions occur before everyone goes to the market to sell there. They need to do it in the morning so that the goods they sell at the regular market are fresh! 

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All of the boats had tall sticks with a piece of what they are selling so that other boats can find them! There were also many flowers being sold for the New Year! 

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Afterward, we went over to the regular market! It’s crazy that we’ve seen so many different outdoor markets across the world and they all seem to be so different! 

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From the market, we headed back to Ho Chi Minh! Thankfully there wasn’t much traffic going this way so we were able to make good time! 

About halfway back, we stopped at a tourist rest stop for lunch! It was located in such a pretty area with little ponds and flowers!  

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When we got back to the city, we stopped at the hotel to settle in and then we walked around the area around our hotel for a little bit. 

Then our driver picked us up and took us to the Water Puppet Show! It was a representation of the traditional puppet shows they would perform in the rice paddy’s almost a thousand years ago! The show was really cool and fun! It was narrated in Vietnamese, but we could still get the jist of the stories!

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After our show, we drove right the a boat on the river for our dinner cruise! We had a lovely meal, saw some traditional dancing and music, and then walked outside to see beautiful views of the city skyline! 

After our show, we drove right the a boat on the river for our dinner cruise! We had a lovely meal, saw some traditional dancing and music, and then walked outside to see beautiful views of the city skyline! 

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Today was a great end to our Vietnamese tour! Tomorrow, we are off to Hong Kong! 

Day 176- Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City

Today after hotel breakfast, we met our guide, Ms.Hong, and drove 2 hours to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The 200km of underground tunnels were built by the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War (the American War, as it is known there). 

These tiny tunnels allowed them to appear and disappear almost instantly without the Americans’ knowledge. We were blown away at how clever they were at building and disguising these underground pathways. We also couldn’t believe their abilities to stay in them for long periods of time. 

Throughout the area, there were different demonstrations! This photo is a man showing how the variety of traps worked that were made by the Vietnamese guerillas. They were horrific! 

Throughout the area, there were different demonstrations! This photo is a man showing how the variety of traps worked that were made by the Vietnamese guerillas. They were horrific! 

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This woman is making rice paper which was really cool! It looked so easy! 

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We actually went into one of the tunnels! It was only 20 meters, but I did not like how little and dark it was in there!  

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After our tour, we had some tapioca and tea! 

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Then, we got back in the car and drove back to Ho Chi Minh. There, we had some lunch at a tourist restaurant! 

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Next, we went over to the War Remnants Museum. It was incredibly powerful to read about a topic that we both learned about in school from the perspective of the Vietnamese. To see the impact the war had on them and its lasting effects. 

Next, we went over to the War Remnants Museum. It was incredibly powerful to read about a topic that we both learned about in school from the perspective of the Vietnamese. To see the impact the war had on them and its lasting effects. 

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When we finished at the museum, we got back in the car and drove to the Independence Palace! We just stopped outside of it and took some photos while Hong told us a little bit about the history! 

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From the palace, we walked through a park that was all decorated for the New Year! 

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Past the park, we saw a church that was built during the French occupation, along with the post office!

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The post office is now just a place for tourists where you can buy souvenirs and enjoy the architecture! 

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We continued to walk around a little bit and see the Opera House and other cool buildings! 

Later on, our guide and driver took us back to our hotel for dinner and the night in!