Ho Chi Minh: Part 3

28 April 2014

Lunch at Viet Village

- Menu -

Deep Fried Prawn Cake

Fried Fish with Sweet & Sour Sauce

Roasted Chicken with Five Flavors

Sautéed Vegetables with Garlic

Fried Rice with Seafood

Flan Caramel

Our day tour was inclusive of lunch and the food was more than enough for two people. Overall, it wasn't bad, but the flan was drenched in strong coffee syrup so I gave my share to Abigail who enjoyed eating it.

We noticed that there was a constant stream of tourists with their guides coming in for lunch. It looked like the restaurant has been contracted by various tour operators as the designated food stop.

Reunification Palace

For what felt like an hour, our tour guide sat us down at the front of this building and gave us the history of Vietnam. Abigail appreciated it, but I just wanted the gist as I thought it was taking way too long. Of all the sites we visited though, I enjoyed this the most as the place looked like it got stuck in a time warp.

The South Vietnamese President's old desk and his rooftop helipad (which I like to think of as the getaway vehicle).

One of the war rooms in the underground bunker.

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Many sites online have advised that if you only have time to visit one temple in Ho Chi Minh, then this is it. Though technically a Taoist temple, there are sections that are devoted to Buddhist and Confucian practices.

Fine Arts Museum

This was our last stop of the day, and I must say a rather nice way to end it. The place is packed with local art and not surprisingly, the recurring theme is about the war. I would suggest to visit this museum either early in the morning or late in the afternoon as there is no air conditioning in the building, just electric fans.

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