- Check in late at night and found Celine again! I also met a Polish girl named Dominika. Celine was headed to Phu Quoc Island the next day, so I made plans with Dominika.
- Dominika and I headed to Ben Thanh Market and browsed the stalls. We found Pho Bo in the center and it was delicious! We sat on the tiny stools and slurped it up. Best pho of the trip.
- We went to the Reunification Palace. It was interesting to see the Communist-style building with simple design, and chairs no higher than the others.
- From there we headed to the War Remnants Museum. It covered the after-effects of the Vietnam War and was a very sobering experience for me. The exhibit on agent orange was especially depressing since the effects of agent orange is still affecting Vietnamese people generations later. I left feeling sad for everyone the war affected. War is so ugly.
- We found some boba tea on the street to cheer us up!
- Chatted with an Aussie and an American that night. More girl-talk than travel stories. 🙂
- I visited a Cau Dai Temple in the morning – a mix of Buddism, Taoism, and Confucianism. I watched their prayer ceremony at noon.
- Then, I headed out for a tour of the CuChi Tunnels – a tunnel system used by the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. The army thought of such creative ways to hide and trap enemy soldiers.
- I was able to crawl through a section of the tunnels that remains. There were sections that were very narrow and I scooted through.
- When I got back into town, many locals were exercising on the exercise equipment in the public park. I was impressed that people were actually using the equipment. I often see similar things in the States go untouched.
- I ate another bowl of pho. Can’t get enough.
- My original plan was to head to Cambodia in the morning. But after 2 days focused on the Vietnam War, I needed some serious beach time. At 10pm the night before, I cancelled my bus to Cambodia and booked a flight to Phu Quoc Island to meet up with Celine. I’m so glad I did.