Ho Chi Minh City is everything I expected it to be and more. It had a little of everything in my travel menu – history, food, architecture, religion, performance, nature tripping, shopping. I even got to do a bit of work along the way (because it’s more fun to beat a deadline while on vacation LOL). The people were warm and friendly even if they speak very little comprehensible English (at least those I interacted with). The weather was fine and cooperative. Everything was surprisingly cheap, so I made sure I experienced everything the place has to offer.
The city has its charms…
Absolutely gorgeous building facades were a delight to any neo-classical architecture fan like me. The nerd in me had a field day identifying the different architectural elements and searching online for those that were not familiar to me. Indeed, what you learn in the books is very different from what you will see in the real world. The real thing is way cooler.
Being a museum nut, I feasted on and got my fill of historical facts about the place. I was so fascinated about the political story of HCMC that I bought a biography book of Ho Chi Minh (to date, I have read the book 4 times already!). The war remnants were amazingly documented and well-preserved.
The Reunification Palace is nothing like the seat of government in my country. Every space is contrived. Every element has meaning. Every perspective is nothing but pure opulence.
(To be continued…)