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)”

Cycling, Day Nine

Ceramic Market by simmogem, on Flickr
Ceramic Market by simmogem, on Flickr

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.

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Cycling, Day four

Tam Coc first cave by simmogem, on Flickr
Tam Coc first cave by simmogem, on Flickr

Today was thankfully a bit more relaxing, starting with a one and a half hour boat ride through Tam Coc, sometimes called inland Halon Bay.  The river system snakes between, and under, limestone mountains, and our trip took us through three low lying caves. Our guides where a husband and wife team who row tourists along the river five days a week.

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