I Miss SAIGON- Day 1Sunday, July 15, 2012
Free airfare, anyone? Why not?!
My parents and I applied for a Cebu Pacific Citibank Credit Card last year and along with the card we were given free one-way ticket to any destination via Cebu Pacific. We decided to go to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam since we all haven't been there.
|inside the Reunification Palace|
We arrived in HCM city midnight of May 31- Reserved a superior room at Beautiful Saigon Hotel which is at the backpackers area of the city.
|Beautiful Saigon Hotel- Superior Room $50 per night|
Address: 62 Bui Vien St., Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Telephone: (84.8) 38 364 852 – 38 379 415
Fax: (84.8) 38 368 538
Day 1 was spent mostly by walking around the sunny city.
1. Saigon Notre Dame Basilica
The cathedral was established by french colonists and was constructed between 1863 and 1880.
|Saigon Notre Dame Basilica|
|Saigon Notre Dame Basilica's door|
2. Saigon Post Office
It is just across the basilica, notable because it was designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel (of the Eiffel Tower)
|Saigon Post Office|
3. Reunification Palace or Independence Palace
|Reunification Palace- 30.000 Dong for the entrance fee + english speaking guide.|
|Upper left- conference hall. Upper right- banquet hall|
Lower left- dining area. Lower right- map area
|Upper left- president's office. Upper right- president's office|
Lower left- carpet since 1975. Lower right- gifts & collections of the president
|Upper left- movie viewing. Upper right- movie viewing. Lower left- library|
Lower right- helipad, notice the 2 red circles?
"AT 8:30 AM APRIL 8TH 1975 FIRST LIEUTENANT PILOT NGUYEN THANH TRUNG FLEW F5E AND THREW DOWN TWO BOMBS AT THE RIGHT TARGET HERE."
|War Remnants Museum|
|US Airforce helicopters & fighters|
2M were injured
300,00 were missing
|Agent Orange Aftermath Room|
|BRAVO to the puppeteers!|
43, No8, Ward 16, Go Vap Dist., HCM City, Vietnam
6. Cyclo Ride!
Rode a cyclo from the Water Puppet show to River Cruise. Such a fun & unique experience!
Tip: If you are planning to ride a cyclo, ask your hotel reception or travel agency in doing so, I have a friend who got scammed by the locals.
7. Bonsai River Cruise
The entertainers of the Bonsai Cruise are Filipinos! We are a bit early so we had a chance of taking pictures with them.
|With our fellow kababayans|
|Our Yummy Dinner|
Our 2nd day in Saigon---> I Miss Saigon- Day 2
Our 3rd day in Saigon---> I Miss Saigon- Day 3