Out of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

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  • Out of Saigon
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    love these ballet dancers
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    Handicapped handicrafts shop

    by theguardianangel Written Sep 9, 2012

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    The first stop for the whole day tour is in the handicapped handicrafts shop. From the name itself, the handicapped people are the ones making the handicrafts and this is how they support their family. I admire their work, everything is beautiful!!! The paintings are purely handmade and mostly use with the combination of shells.

    I like all the paintings and the display of ballerinas are also one of my favorites. However, as they say if something is beautiful it also costs a lot… and that’s the reason why I only ended up admiring them, haha.

    One of the staffs said that we can buy whatever the size of the crafts since they also provide shipping. I wondered how much the ballerinas cost so I asked- around 190USD, shipping excluded. It’s pricey, so I didn’t bother to ask again. There are various painting designs available in the shop and all are very stunning! Small to large paintings cost around 50,000VND to 5M VND and if you wish to have it shipped, that would be 1USD per square inch.

    The good thing I see about this tour is that visitors aren’t forced to buy anything. I believe that this shop would only like to give everybody (locals/visitors) an insight that despite their conditions, being handicapped does not mean that you can’t do what other normal people can do. I admire their bravery to continue standing up and face the world and most especially their gifted skills to make such a fine work of art!

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    .CHOLON.

    by wanderingbilly Updated May 27, 2008

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    CHOLON (HERB STREET)
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    CHOLON MEANS "LARGE MARKET"
    CHOLON WAS ONCE A SEPERATE CITY.. TODAY IT IS SAIGON'S 5TH DISTRICT.
    I READ A LOT ABOUT CHOLON BEFORE WE WENT TO VIETNAM AND WAS KEEN TO HAVE A LOOK AROUND THIS PART OF THE CITY.. I HAD A FEELING IT WOULD BE BUSY..I WASNT WRONG !!
    CHOLON HAS LOADS OF THINGS TO SEE AND DO, FROM THE MANY TEMPLES AND PAGODAS TO ITS TEAMING MARKETS SELLING EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER NEED.
    THE MOST POPULAR OF THESE ARE BINH TAY AND AN DONG.
    AN DONG MARKET IS FOUR STOREYS HIGH AND CAN GET VERY VERY BUSY, AND WHEN YOU'RE ALL SHOPPED OUT YOU CAN GET A BITE TO EAT AT ONE OF ITS MANY RESTAURANTS.
    IN FACT CHOLON IS A FANTASTIC PLACE TO TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME GREAT CHINESE AND VIETNAMESE FOOD.
    ONE THING YOU SHOULD NOT MISS WHILE YOUR IN CHOLON IS HERB STREET.. THE SIGHTS AND SMELLS YOU ENCOUNTER HERE ARE MIND BLOWING..OH AND YOU COULD TRY SOME SNAKE WINE.
    HERB STREET CAN BE FOUND BETWEEN D LUONG NHU HOC AND D TRIEU QUANG.
    AS I LOVE HISTORY I'LL GIVE YOU A LITTLE CHOLON HISTORY LESSON..
    IT WAS HERE IN CHA TAM CHURCH THAT HATED PRESIDENT DIEM AND HIS BROTHER TOOK REFUGE DURING THE 1963 COUP..
    WHEN THEY REALISED THERE WAS NO HOPE FOR THEM THEY SURRENDERED TO THE COUP LEADERS.. AN ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER WAS SENT TO GET THEM AND TAKE THEM INTO CUSTODY..BUT AS THEY TRAVELLED BACK INTO CENTRAL SAIGON SOLDIERS SHOT THE BROTHERS AT POINT BLANK RANGE AS THEY SAT IN THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE, THEN REPEATEDLY STABBED THE BODIES...WHEN NEWS BROKE SAIGON WENT CRAZY WITH DELIGHT.
    SO AS WELL AS LOADS TO SEE AND DO, CHOLON ALSO HAS A LOT OF HISTORY..
    I FOUND IT A GREAT PLACE TO EXPLORE AND LOSE YOURSELF..WHICH WAS JUST WHAT WE DID !!

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  • the weather in south of vietnam

    by buddytan Written Apr 1, 2008

    HCM in april and may is good weather to come for holiday, some time a littler bit shower, temperature is hot around 35 degree, event in the north the weather are getting warmer, you just need short and shirt and T- shirt, rain coat you can easily buy in vietnam

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  • the weather in south of vietnam

    by buddytan Written Apr 1, 2008

    HCM in april and may is good weather to come for holiday, some time a littler bit shower, temperature is hot around 35 degree, event in the north the weather are getting warmer, you just need short and shirt and T- shirt, rain coat you can easily buy in vietnam

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    Mekong River

    by yukisanto Updated Mar 10, 2007

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    Our tour guide showing us the bees and honey
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    We went to Pham Ngu Lao St on Sat to look for a travel agency to book a day tour on Mon to Mekong River. The agency we chose was Phuong Trang Tourist (PTRATOUR). It has 2 branches, one in the side road, and the other one facing the main road across a park (where we booked). The buses are parked at the main office (the side road office).

    The staff are friendly and speaks good English. The Mekong tour we booked had 15 ppl (Heard it's the average no of ppl going for the daily tour). The mini bus was clean and new, the trip consists of visiting the islands and their farms such as bee/honey farm, making of coconut candy etc. For USD 7, it includes the tour guide, bus, boat, and lunch. The only money we had to fork out in addition was the tip for the longboat ride we had (Paid about 5,000D per person) at one of the islands.

    Would certainly go back to this agency should I visit HCM again. They prefer Dong rather than USD although the prices are stated in USD.

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    Mekong Delta Tour

    by muddybok Written Sep 25, 2004

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    Mekong Delta

    Day trip around HCM City are great, unless you are so mindful of exploring all the museums and temples.

    Sign up for some day trips to Mekong Delta and Cu Chi Tunnels will definitely bring you up to speed and better understand Vietnamese cultures & struggles.

    Some really cool tour guides will give you good history background during the trip. I consider these tours as very good history & geography classes.

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    Mekong Delta Tours

    by SirRichard Written Oct 13, 2003

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    From the boat

    After asking bus prices and so, I found the Delta Tours offered by many agencies the best and cheapest way to see the Delta area. The ideal stay would be 3 days, so U have time to see the channels, sep there, see farms, visit the Cantho Market and even see the beaches in Bac Lieu?
    But 1 day is interesting too. They take U in a minib?s to Mito (the nearest village to Saigon), there you take a m?dium boat to cross the river to visit a farm where they offer U tea, fruits and traditional music. Then U go see how they make products from coconuts. Then lunch (included). Then ride by the channels. Then snake farm, honey farm, and back to Mito, where U take the bus back to Saigon. U leave at 8 and return at 18. 6 USD.00

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  • Visit Vung Tau city

    by sphilli Updated May 23, 2003

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    Vung Tau City is a beautiful seaport about 110 kilometers from Saigon. Everyone visiting Vietnam goes there. You will never be sorry. I is drop dead gorgeous and the people are friendly. Visit a massage doctor there.

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    Visit the countryside.

    by VTShounen Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The stereotypical image of a local would of course include a conical hat, and the best way to spot them is in rice paddies in the beautiful countryside, if nothing more than as part of a day trip from HCM. This photo was taken while the tour group stopped for a short break, on our way to the Cu Chi Tunnels.

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