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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Happy Birthday us

Long Thanh Gallery by simmogem, on Flickr
Long Thanh Gallery by simmogem, on Flickr

With the best part of a day to kill before our flight out of Nha Trang we spent the morning googling for something to do in town and found the gallery of local photographer, Long Thanh.

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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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