Of all the major cities in the world, few have gone through as much change in the past 150 or so years as Ho Chi Minh City. No better example of this change can be found than Reunification Palace.
Whilst I found Hanoi welcoming and honest, but a bit rough around the edges, Ho Chi Minh city (or Saigon still to many locals) is like that good looking friend who shows off a bit and your not quite sure if you can believe everything they say.
Cooking class recipe:
Ingredients – 1 Vietnamese sous chef, 2 novice cooks, 1 five star kitchen, shrimp, pork, spring onions, carrot, mushrooms, beef, noodles, pancake batter, rice paper.
After the cycling trip we thought we deserved a few nights of relaxation so we’ve flown a few hours south to the beach side city of Nha Trang.
They might have neck beards and wear skinny jeans but Gemma and I are quite partial to the coffe made by the hipsters at Swallow Coffee Traders in Rockdale. It’s been more than 3 weeks since our last visit.
In Hanoi rests the body of Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh in a large mausoleum in the centre of Ba Dinh Square.Uncle Ho, as he is affectionally regarded by supporters, led the revolution against the colonial french and governed the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) from 1945 to 1969. Continue reading “Ho Chi Minh (the man, not the city)”
There has to be a summary post so here goes: Continue reading “The cycling wrapup post”
Our last day of cycling is upon us and we are heading back into Hanoi. One thing we have not explained is that each of the viliages we visit specialises in some sort of farming or production. For example the villiage we stayed at on our first night specialised in weaving, others in rice wine, corn, sugar cane, etc.
After our tough climb before lunch we spent the afternoon relaxing at the resort. The Cat Ba resort has two pools and a beach front, perfect for lazing around after a morning of cycling. It reminded us a bit of Fiji, reading books and looking out at the bay.