Counting Dong in Saigon

As usual, I started my trip with a few essentials, money and street food.

I generally enjoy walking about a city to learn its layout but Ho Chi Minh was an exception. The grime on the awning is indicative of the soot I had to wash off my exposed skin later. Luckily, the area I stayed in, district 7, wasn’t congested with scooters so a stroll to a convenience store or cart was fine. It also had lots of Korean goodies.

The Notre-Dame Basilica was closed for renovations but the post office and Independence Palace were open to visitors.

Independence Palace

View from Independence Palace.

While not terribly convenient, I couldn’t pass up a tour of the Củ Chi tunnels. It gets rather cramped and very dark. Our crawling about was rewarded with cassava root with crushed peanuts and tea, supposedly staples of the Vietcong.

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