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Yeah ya! Flying to HCMC finally after a very very long time waiting for the time come.. Cam-Whoring Begins in the Plane..

Speaking about HCMC:

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and is located near the Mekong Delta.
The city center is situated on the banks of the Saigon River, 60 kilometers from the South China Sea and 1,760 kilometers south of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam


Finally arrived HCMC! Kelvin Ong was looking at the map… So many motorists everywhere! The motorbikes are very easy to move around and much cheaper than cars. But the MOST RISKY THING a tourist has to do is TO CROSS THE BUSY ROAD WITHOUT STOPPING! Those motorists won’t even stop for you!

First Stop:
BEN THANH MARKET (known as BTM)
This is the largest market in HCMC. You can practically get everything you want from here! Clothing, utensil, arts and crafts, coffee powder, etc!

I will post the items I bought from BTM when I find the time.. Sorry hor… =x


Place of Interest A:
REUNIFICATION PLACE

This is one of the most fascinating sights in HCMC, because of its striking modern architecture and the eerie feeling you get as you walk through the deserted halls. The building is preserved almost as it was on the last day of the Republic of Vietnam in 1975.

The building is still used for official functions. The most interesting section of the Reunification Palace is the basement – a network of tunnels and rooms, including a war room and a telecommunications room. One of the tunnels stretches all the way to Gia Long Palace, now known as the Revolutionary Museum.

George and I went from first level to fourth level. Then we stopped at first level but we were so curious about the basement. So we went down to basement 1 and 2. We were like OMG!!! The hallway was really very eerie! I could feel spirits wandering around there! I had to be brave and completed the whole hallway….


Place of Interest B:
NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL

Built between 1877 and 1883, Notre Dame Cathedral is set in the heart of HCMC’s government quarter. The cathedral faces Ð Dong Khoi. It is neo-Romanesque with two 40m-high square towers tipped with iron spires, which dominate the city’s skyline. In front of the cathedral (in the centre of the square bounded by the main post office) is a statue of the Virgin Mary.


Outside the Notre Dame Cathedral..
SMILE! CHEESE! SMILE! CLICK~ Whoa~ We look GREAT! Dun you agree? =P


Walking along the cathedral, I saw the building called DIAMOND SHOPPING CENTRE.

Looks so beautiful and elegant! Even classy too! Ppl may think it is a building for diamond shopping.. But actually it is a normal shopping centre like our local’s Japanese Dept Store – Takashimaya Shopping Centre! Yes it is a BRANDED Shopping Centre like Takashimaya


Place of Interest C:
CENTRE POST OFFICE

A French-style building with its glass canopy and iron frame right next to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The structure was built between 1886 and 1891 and is by far the largest post office in Vietnam.


Place of Interest D:
CITY HALL

Completed in 1908, also known as “Hotel de Ville” at the northern end of Nguyen Boulevard. With its ornate gingerbread facade it looks like the town hall of a French town.


Place of Interest E:
TIAN HAU TEMPLE

The oldest temple was built by the early period’s Chinese.

Place of Interest F:
VINH TRANG PAGODA

The oldest and most beautiful pagoda in the area.



Made of COCONUT HUSKS!


A big map of Mekong River.. Wow!

Place of Interest G:
MEKONG RIVER

Experience an atmosphere of a small paradise and enjoy tasting some season tropical fruits and Bee’s Honey.


I m on a SAMPAN! Felt great! heee =P


Group Photo on the FERRY~


LUNCH TIME~~ Whoa~ Fish is “STANDING”! It was said that it is easier to pluck its flesh if it is “standing”. *LOLz* The “BALL”.. You Guess what it is! Heeee..


Group Photo~


Ahh.. Kel Ho is really so tired that he fell asleep at the Vietnam Airport…. Going back to Singapore FINALLY! HOME SWEET HOME~ =)

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