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Day..not sure..Ho Chi Minh city

We spent the morning on scooters again seeing the sites of Saigon.  We feel pretty ignorant because we really don't know much about the Vietnam war..but in our defense we weren't born and we don't learn about it in Canadian history.  For those like us, a brief summary is that the war was between northern Vietnam and southern Vietnam.  The US joined the south because the north was communist and they wanted to stop the spread of communism.   The north defeated the south and the US (in the 70's) , ending when they took over Saigon, and changed the name to Ho Chi Minh city.  Vietnam is a communist country but there isn't too much evidence of it on the surface, but its there, for example the government won't allow Facebook.  We saw the various sites and buildings related to the war and other things such as the opera house, a Chinese pagoda and a cathedral.  It is a pretty modern city though, there are high end stores like  Chanel, and Marc Jacobs.  The guides were these young Vietnamese girls wearing traditional dresses (everyone else wears normal clothes, I think it part of their marketing). The girls were funny and tried to teach Tyler Vietnamese phrases like "what the hell", they told me they thought he was handsome.  They have trouble with his name here too.  Yesterday, a guide kept calling him "talent", and talked about how he must be very skilled, we just went with it.  We had pho bo for lunch (beef noodle soup) which is a popular dish.  Suprisigly we spent the rest of the afternoon in clothing markets and actually bought a few things.  They have a lot of knockoff clothes and stuff like that.  You should have seen me bargain, I was on fire..Tyler said I was a bully..I was not.  Again we skipped dinner hoping to get KFC in the airport but we got burned again.  Only smelly food.  We hopped on a plane and arrived in Hoi'an.  It's going to be an early morning, got to get to bed!

Posted by tanyatyler 08:33 Archived in Vietnam

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