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  • Writer's pictureCheryl Nelson

Illness Redemption World Trip: Stop #5 - HO CHI MINH CITY (formerly Saigon), VIETNAM

Next we ventured to the largest city in Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Ho Chi Minh City has a beautiful skyline.

Wow, there are a LOT of motor bikes in this city.

We took a tour bus into the center of the city and like Singapore, the city has a lot of greenery. We saw some of the top sites including their Notre Dame Cathedral (it was under construction), the Saigon Central Post Office and The Presidential Palace.

We even witnessed a couple different wedding photoshoots of two brides and grooms!

Finally, we spent some time at the Ben Thanh Market - a shopper's and foodie's paradise! I had a delicious fresh dragon fruit smoothie (I'm intrigued by any pink food). ;)

While shopping, I found a pretty classic Vietnamese dress. I asked the shop owner, "What size would I be in this dress? Small, medium, ...?" She looked at me and said, "For you? Extra large. You're tall." For the record, I don't think anyone has ever called me "tall" in my life. ;) However, it's true: many Vietnamese women are very petite.

While Ho Chi Minh City has some beautiful parts, I was surprised to see how run-down many of the buildings appeared... and the amount of trash on the streets.

However, I am glad that we toured Vietnam because I learned so much about the Vietnamese culture. As a mentioned in my last post, our Vung Tau tour guide Kim told us a lot of information about Vietnamese culture.

We are off to another country... stay tuned to see where we go next!

*** NOTE: You won't see any photos of my family because I am respecting their privacy. ***


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