Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace by simmogem, on Flickr
Reunification Palace by simmogem, on Flickr

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.

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Ho Chi Minh (the city, not the man)

HCMC from Saigon Skydeck by simmogem, on Flickr
HCMC from Saigon Skydeck by simmogem, on Flickr

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.

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Ho Chi Minh (the man, not the city)

Ho Chi Minh mausoleum by simmogem, on Flickr
Ho Chi Minh mausoleum by simmogem, on Flickr

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)”