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Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 2 of 2

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Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 2 of 2

I continued to explore the Dinh Thống Nhất (Independence Palace / Reunification Palace), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. (See Dinh Thống Nhất (Independence Palace / Reunification Palace), Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2 for more information and photos.) The Palace certainly has a very luxurious feel to it with each room clearly […]

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Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2

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Independence Palace / Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City – part 1 of 2

Now, I got confused…  Was it Dinh Độc Lập or Dinh Thống Nhất, anyway, I do know it is called Independence Palace or is it Reunification Palace? This was one of these odd places to visit in Vietnam that I felt I recognised from some deep memory. When I was a small boy the Vietnam War was coming to […]

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30-4 Park, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

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30-4 Park, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

30-4 Park was an interesting place. As far as I can tell it is just called 30-4 Park. That just seems to be a really odd name. Does it have some meaning from history that I’m not understanding? 30-4 Park seems to be the place for young people to hang out on a Sunday morning.  The […]

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Bưu Điện Sài Gòn (Saigon Central Post Office), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Bưu Điện Sài Gòn (Saigon Central Post Office), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Just across the road from the Nhà Thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn (Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica) is the Bưu Điện Sài Gòn (Saigon Central Post Office), which is a very impressive -looking building, And reminded me of the Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House), which I visited earlier on my trip. (It’s interesting that in a […]

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Nhà Thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn (Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Nhà Thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn (Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

First day exploring Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. The train journey to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on the Reunification Express, was a great experience. A fantastic way to experience Vietnam. First stop on my walk around Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was the Nhà Thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn (Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica).  Stunning looking building, and […]

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Reunification Express – Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

By on September 11, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Reunification Express – Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

This I was really looking forward to… I love travelling by train, and this was going to be a stunning trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on the Reunification Express. Booking my ticket for the Reunification Express was a breeze thanks to the great advice from The man in seat 61, and the […]

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Next stop – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

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So, after my three-day excursion to Ha Long Bay I returned to Hanoi for one evening before moving on to Ho Chi Minh City. For my trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) I decided to go by train. Specifically, the SE5 which leaves Hanoi at 9 am and arrives in Saigon the next day […]

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, with Glory Cruises – an overview

By on September 10, 2015 in Vietnam with 0 Comments
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, with Glory Cruises – an overview

I spent 3 days and 2 nights in the company of Glory Cruises in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.  So what did we do?  Where did we go? The bay does have some great stats: total area of Ha Long Bay 434 km2 775 islands typical tidal range of 4.4 to 4.6 m depth on average 20 m, […]

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The Surprise Cave, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – part 2 of 2

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The Surprise Cave, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – part 2 of 2

The visit to the Surprise Cave in Ha Long Bay was interesting. We had a good tour guide who delighted in takings around the caves and pointing out the interesting rock structures and patterns. One such structure can be seen in the image below. Our guide seemed to be somewhat reluctant to say a particular word […]

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Surprise Cave, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – part 1 of 2

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Surprise Cave, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam – part 1 of 2

On the last day of my cruise around Ha Long Bay I visited the Surprise Cave. The cave system was discovered by two French women in 1904 and they were so surprised by it that they called it the Surprise Cave. However, I suspect the cave had been long known by the local inhabitants of […]

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