Touring the city
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Toured the city in a small bus. The tour guide told us that he'd studied for five years (university) to become a guide. I asked if this involved learning other languages and he said that it was all history. He also said that he is not very highly paid despite spending so long to get qualified but his goal is to open his own travel agency in a few years and this will generate a much larger income.
First stop on the tour was the War Remnants Museum. The displays are very well done and sometimes very graphic. It gives a different view of the war to what we see at home. From memory I think it was previously called the War Crimes Museum and the name was changed after Vietnam and the US resumed relations.
After this we went to Chinatown where we stopped at a Chinese Temple and the Wholesale Markets.
We went back to the tour office for a light lunch - a soup, some tomato, cucumber, grass, and rice. After a bit of encouragement from a Phillipino couple I was sitting with I ate most of the grass - wasn't to bad with a splash of soy sauce and some rice.
After lunch we went to the Reunification Palace - originally the home and workplace of the South Vietnamese president. He sure lived in style - they even had a cinema just for him and his family.
Next stop was a disabled craft shop where they make lacquer products. A lot of the pictures are made from egg shell. Sand and mother of pearl is also used.
Before returning to the hotels we stopped outside the Saigon Post Office and Notre Dame Cathederal and had a short visit to each of these.