Bonjour, Ho Chi Minh ✈️🗺👜 (Day #1)

I made a vlog about my trip, but I wanted to make a blog post about it too. 🙂

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My mum and I went on a spontaneous trip to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam in the middle of my academic calendar. Since usually only either one of us is able to go and not together due to financial issues, this was really a treat! We went along with my cousin who was the one planning on where we were heading. So today, I decided to share with you some pictures I’ve taken and my days there. Have a good read!

The first thing I noticed when I got here was the traffic. Boy, I thought KL was bad! It’s so much worse here. The cars were just zigzagging all over the place (as you can see from the picture above); I was feeling a little anxious sitting in our taxi as cars were driving so close to each other. Everyone were using their blinkers and honks so much more than anywhere I’ve been. There were so much more motorbikes than cars, and it was just a huge mess. However, the drivers seemed very patient, our taxi driver never once scowled, neither did anyone actually. I think it’s part of their culture.

I’m splitting the posts into parts because it’s going to be too long if I had them all together! So, look out for the following posts (:

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We went to the most places on day #1 and explore a large area of the city. Firstly, we went to the market to just have a gander around the place. I wanted to buy some souvenirs for my friends, but I wasn’t too sure just yet. So right after, we went to have some Pho. I know a lot of Americans or Caucasian people (I’m generalising) raved so much about Pho, including my boyfriend. Honestly, I’ve never in my life once tried Pho. Below is a picture I took how it looked like, it was also served with fresh basils and lime. I did like the lime after it is mixed with soup. 👍🏼

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It was alright if I’m being honest. It was nothing too special and did not particularly liked in any way. I’ve tasted noodles that tasted much better back home, so it was just an ‘eh’ to me, just my personal preference. After that, we went back to the large market (which name I have forgotten; I’m sorry!), and after rounds and rounds, and bargaining, I’ve decided to buy some pouches for my friends. Then we set off to a few other random shops, more souvenir hunting!

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I took the above picture because all the girls were wearing Vietnamese traditional dresses called Ao Dai while standing around a little grilling vendor store. It looks really local hahaha.

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Soon after we have done walking around a few streets and had enough of shopping, we continued on with sightseeing! Our first stop was Union square (as seen above), it was mostly a big flat area with some plants and a statue of a man. I forgot who he was, I’m sorry again! 😹  We, then, just explored around the area as the architecture there looks more influenced by the French. A lot of the buildings were very beautiful! I’ll show you some pictures below:

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We also passed by the Opera House, the picture below, unfortunately, we did not go in. I don’t think its opened to the public either. But it was very beautiful!

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Then we also went to the Post Office, I was so impressed by the architecture inside! It was so beautiful. The outside has really good architecture too, the details look amazing but I was a little put-off by the building colour. Bright yellow isn’t exactly my favourite colour.

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I also saw the outsides of the Notre Dome Chruch! It’s also called Notre Dome, hahaha. Really beautiful, I was so in love!

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We walked around some more but I’ve only managed to get some videos shots, and completely forgot to take actual pictures! AH! But, if you’re interested, do watch out for my vlog which will be up by this Sunday. 🙂

Have you been to Ho Chi Mihn? Cause this is absolutely my first trip there, and I really enjoyed myself. Tell me if you think the architecture looks good in the comments below! 😀 That’s all for this post for now.

Cheers,
Sylvia

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