Out of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

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  • Out of Saigon
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  • love these ballet dancers
    love these ballet dancers
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    Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda

    by JohanIsWeg Updated Dec 15, 2008

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    A carved timber boat hanging over the entrance welcomes the visitor to Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda. The colour red predominates throughout the pagoda, from the red lanterns outside, to general Quan Cong's red horse to the left of the doorway, to the great red general himself - resplendant in gold on his red throne behind the main altar. He is flanked by two assistants - General Chau Xuong brandishing a two-prong trident-like weapon and mandarin Quan Binh holding a less ferocious package in his left hand.

    Chinese communities celebrate the Nghia An Hoi Quan Festival at this location on the 14th day of the first lunar month. Unicorn, lion and dragon dance groups perform before audiences and vegetarian offerings are made to Quan Cong.

    Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda
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    .CHOLON.

    by wanderingbilly Updated May 27, 2008

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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 !!

    CHOLON (HERB STREET) .HERBS ON HERB STREET. .THIRSTY ? TRY SOME SNAKE WINE.
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    Quan Am Pagoda

    by sunshinejo Written Aug 17, 2005

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    There are many, many pagodas around Saigon, and while I certainly wouldn't suggest visiting them all, I think it's quite interesting to see a couple of them. The pagodas I saw were all beautifully decorated, with many statues, carvings and hanging lanterns. Buddhists burn incense sticks when they pray, so all the pagodas were very smokey inside, particularly around the alters. Some of them had giant coils of incense hanging from the ceiling and burning constantly which were pretty cool to see. It's important to remember that pagodas are a place of worship and to therefore be respectful of their beliefs. Legs and shoulders should be covered, and shoes should be removed and left at the gate.

    Quan Am Pagoda, Cholon, HCMC
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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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    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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    Handicap Handicaft Workshop

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 9, 2011

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    This was started after the war in an effort to make work for the many who were left disableled.
    There are gorgeous lacquer works here.Some are made with sea shells and others with duck egg shells..
    Visa is accepted and they will ship worldwide.

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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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  • 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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