11.03.2012 - 13.03.2012
We arrived in Saigon from Nha Trang by train. In typical Nick and Sarah style the only seats we could get were comfy beds for the daytime journey!
We stayed in District One, the main touristy, central area and which reminded us instantly of Bangkok (in a good way!). The streets were hustling with people selling all kinds of books and souvenirs! We enjoyed beer at one of the many streetside bars that are literally plastic seats on the edge of the road with beer stored in huge ice-boxes!
As a history graduate and a bit of a geek I was very keen to check out the War Remnants Museum, which provided a very interesting, if a little biased, account of the atrocities committed by the US forces during the war in Vietnam. It's incredible to think that most of the people in Vietnam today, people we saw on the streets everyday, were probably directly affected in someway by the war.
Our visit to Saigon/HCMC was fleeting, as Vietnam is such a huge country and we needed to press on, but it was fun and very thought provoking!
Moving on to Can Tho and a very confusing departure from Saigon....