I am posting this again. I wrote this in my old blog and since I am moving all my travel stories on this new blog I just created a week ago, I thought of re-posting my Ho Chi Minh City trip with friends last December 2015.
After almost three months of planning a trip with my friends, finally came December before the holiday comes and before we ran out of budget (lol) our Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) trip came at last.
We had a four-day visit to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, a city in Southern Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh is known to be the largest city in Vietnam. The city is undeniably attractive most especially to tourists because of its historical story and tourist spots that marked the battle of the Vietnam War.
On our first day in Ho Chi Minh, we visited the famous Cu Chi Tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort. Pretty much info we had from our tourist guide named Tin.
On our second day, we get to get a short visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and were able to see briefly the Royal Palace.
Our third day in Ho Chi Minh is our city tour. Oh, we visited the Cathedral of Notre Dame, built during the French revolution. I was mesmerized with its architectural features and can’t help but took a couple of photos. Then we went shopping around the city. Truly they got best and cheap buys in there, and for days we got to experience being a millionaire (lol).
Despite the annoying motorcycle mob in the city, it was a great staycation. We were given the opportunity to learn more about Vietnam and its people. Got to embraced their culture and not to mention their great history- I was fascinated by their story.