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    Traffic in Ho Chi Minh..........I have never seen so many motorbikes in my life, at least they weren't going fast like at home! How to get across to the other side of the road? Mmm, rather daunting with all those bikes, but it can be done quite easily. The trick is to stay aware, and walk slowly and confidently. The motorbike riders are...

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  • Local Life

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    -- My eighth visit to Saigon was from April 23-26, 1965. I stayed in the Dong Khanh Hotel again, and I remember that I went swimming several times at an outdoor pool that belonged to a formerly very suave French colonial club, now not so suave and exclusive but still very nice. I also saw some films at various Vietnamese cinemas where I was...

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  • Street life

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    -- My fifth visit to Saigon was from January 31 to February 4, 1965. In a letter from Saigon on February 1st I wrote: Happy Chinese New Year --or Vietnamese New Year, as the Vietnamese call it ("Têt" in their language). Most shops and offices will be closed for the next three days, some for a week or more. The V.C. have put out the word that...

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  • Sights

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    This tip goes for any city in Vietnam, try and go for a tour out in the countryside as this is where you see villages and people getting on with their daily lives......the further out....the better. Some sights I saw were * Animals on motorbikes.......... * Water buffaloes & carts in the villages......... * I saw a live oxen strapped to a back of...

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  • Architecture

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    Neither in the Cholon (Chinese) District found I the nice old atmosphere I was waiting for. Only in a few corners (like this) you could find the old charming architecture I though was so characteristic in Saigon...

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  • Transportation

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    -- In a letter dated July 17, 1964, I wrote: I am now ca. 31,000 ft. over the South China Sea, en route from the Philippines to Vietnam. We are supposed to land in Saigon in about an hour. The flight has been fine the whole way. The only disappointment was seeing so little of Hawaii and the Philippines; but I wasn't actually expecting to see...

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  • First impression on HCMC

    as other VTers answered, dist. 1 and backpacker area are the same place. as for the latter question, I would say Bangkok and HCMC, are pretty much alike in cultures. I mean there is a reason why they are both in ASEAN group along with other countries in South East Asia. The agricultural countries share some part of their cultures because of the...

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