Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog› entry 15 of 22 › view all entries
September 11th, 2009 – by: sarahelaine
Despite this, and the long delay in me writing this blog, Ho Chi Minh City was one of my favorite places this trip. Katie, Andy and Ollie were keen to get straight to the War Remnants museum and Iain and I weren't in such a rush, so we set out on foot.
One of the first things that we saw was the Fine Art Museum. I was absolutely fascinated - Iain shot around and then went to sit in the sunshine. The museum spans fm some quite early statues of a sort of proto-Buddha figure and some ancient GOds to a large range of pieces of Communist art. These coem in a much wider variety of styles than I'm used to associatingwith communism, because the only communist art you see in the UK is the sort of Soviet modernism stuff. There were some really cool laquer paintings and a quite moving oil painting of coloured flowers surrounding a black and white painting of a photo of a lost friend.
After a small bickering match when I couldn't find Iain, we went to get an Icecream in a lovely icecream place which I can't currently remember the name of.
Walking on, we passed Notre Dame cathedral and found our way to the war remnants museum. I would really recommend a trip here, but it is quite disturbing. As well as the photos of the war, there are quite graphic photos of the children still being born with congenital deformities because of Agent Orange, a reconstruction of the horrific conditions in jails of the era, and a really moving tribute to the war photographers from both sides who tried to tell the world about the war, many of whom died. the museum is interesting because it tells the Vietnamese side of the story (naturally), but manages to maintain rather more balance than I was expecting; it certainly isn't anti western in the way it could have been.
After that, Iain wanted to see if there was anything on at the cinema. By this time my feet were in shreds, and I may have been a little grumpy. Luckily, Vietnamese mall food is much better than British mall food, so I was perked up considerably by the fact that although there was nothing on at the cinema, the prawns in the mall were really good.
I was far too stubborn to get a cabhome, which was really silly. Iain and I made it back to the hotel room and talked about getting dinner.
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