Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog› entry 7 of 8 › view all entries
October 9th, 2009 – by: apsara
I was lucky enough to meet a few locals on this trip and a few foreigners as well. We traded stories and I found that we had a lot in common. They too had hopes and dreams, responsibilities and regrets. They too had loved and lost and were confused about life.
Vietnam is run by a communist party, so I was excited to visit and see what that was like. However, I quickly learned that Vietnam was like most other capitalist nations - for better or worst. The economy is growing and some call that a success. The country now has a great challenge. Electricity demand growing 2x GDP and a 09% reserve margin. All this with withering coal supplies, limited government funds and complicated political relationships with Indochina. It is a great responsibility to develop a nation, any nation. I just hope one day we won't regret it.
Things to Remember:
Eating frog with my new Vietnamese and French friends (Trang and Charles)
Trying snake wine, rice wine and coconut wine in Cu Chi
Wandering the tunnels of Cu Chi
Riding on the small bus with Fran
Mass tourism that felt like I was on a production line
Riding on the back of a motorbike
Yummy mango fruit shakes
Bun Ca Thi La - fish and noodle soup
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!