Exploring Vietnam: Cyclo Tour – Ho Chi Minh City Tour – Water Puppet Show (Day 4)

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Adventure, Travel
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We only explored the city of Ho Chi Minh in our 4th day because we opt to cover the further places first. Also, since our 4th day falls on a Sunday, we wanted to include in our itinerary hearing mass at Notre Dame Cathedral.  Originally, cyclo tour was part of our 2nd day itinerary, however, it was already late when we arrived Ho Chi Minh City and our tour guide told us that it is better to have the cyclo tour during early morning.

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We just sat there and enjoyed cyclo tour for 45 mins exploring the city. While having this trip, I noted down some of the shops that caught my attention and decided to go back there during my free time.

 TIP: Remember to put sunblock if you are going to do this activity.

Vietnam Buildings

L-R (1st row) Temple, School, (2nd row) Department of Transportation, Library

Our trip ended at the Notre Dame Cathedral just in time for us to hear mass.

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We arrived at the cathedral, past 9 in the morning. The English mass starts at 9:30.

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Inside Notre Dame Cathedral

Inside Notre Dame Cathedral

Just outside the cathedral, a lot of couples taking their wedding photos.

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After hearing mass, we visited the Saigon Post Office just across the cathedral.

Saigon Post Office

Afterwards, we went to see the Reunification Museum, the former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975.

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Reunification Palace

L-R (1st row) Cabinet Room, State Banqueting Hall (2nd row) Conference Hall, Ambassadors Chamber

Reception Rooms

Reception Rooms

National Security Council Chamber

National Security Council Chamber

The walls are hung with maps documenting the war situation in the South.

Presidential Office

Presidential Office

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Presidential Bedroom

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Theater Room

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Game Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

 

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Helicopter UH-1 (Huey)

This helicopter is here at the ready for the President’s use. The 2 red circles painted on the helipad mark the spot where a bomb load was dropped on the Palace during the war.

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View from the Balcony

Automobiles

We had our lunch at KFC after the tour of the Reunification Palace. Out next destination is the Emperor Jade Pagoda (Phuoc Hai – one of the most interesting pagodas in Vietnam).

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See the spiral thing below, you first need to make a wish, write it on a pink paper. Attached the pink paper to the spiral thing, then hang it in the air. The tour guide said that the spiral thing lasts for one week.

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Next, we transferred to the War Remnants Museum.

War Remnant Museum Displays

War Aircrafts

 

War Tanks

 

History of Vietnam War

Fragments of B52 Plane

Different Kinds of Guns

Different Kinds of Guns

Different Kinds of Bomb

Different Kinds of Bomb

Before and After Pics of Vietnam

Before and After Pics of Vietnam

 

Prison Cells Replica

Replica of Prison

 Our last stop for Day 4 is to watch the Water Puppet Show.

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The show is in Vietnamese language so we really didn’t understand what they are saying. Good thing, there’s a printed copy of the program flow that you can get at the entrance so you can understand what was happening.

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The Stage

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The men behind the water puppet show

 

 

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