Our last day in Vietnam

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Nguyen Trai, the main street of Cholon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

I love to travel, I can’t get enough of it. Yet there is a huge downside to it. There is always this moment where it (almost) ends. There is always a time to leave and go home, back to your normal life.

Our last day in Vietnam had come, but we were set on making it great. We started by taking a taxi to the quarter of Cholon, also known as District 5. This area has been a quarter for Chinese tradesmen and shopkeepers for three centuries, making it some sort of ‘China town’ in Ho Chi Minh City.

We start at Nguyen Trai, the main street of Cholon.

Nguyen Trai, the main street of Cholon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
We come across countless small shops, most of them sell the familiar dragon heads as seen in Chinese parades, others are stuffed with Christmas attributes. We are Dutch, and to us, Christmas equals winter. We’ve never been in a country that is also slightly interested in celebrating Christmas this time of year. Therefore it’s really weird to look at fake Christmas trees and flashy decorations while wearing shorts and T-shirts.

We pass the Nghia An Hoi Quan pagoda, which has a beautiful roof with numerous figurines. A little but further we come across the Cholon mosque. It’s small and inconspicuous, the complete opposite of all the temples and pagoda’s we keep running into.

All of a sudden we encounter a stunning wall, that has colourful dragons and divinities painted on it. It’s very beautiful, so we don’t instantly see that it’s a part of the Quan Am Pagoda. As it turns out, this wall is part of the pagoda, but a road has been built so that the wall and pagoda got separated.

Nguyen Trai, the main street of Cholon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

The Ouan Am Pagoda is stunning. The colours are amazing, and there are a lot of people praying and offering incense at one of the many altars. Everything we had expected to see at the Jade Emperor Pagoda, we find here. In tenfold.

Thrilled form the beauty we found at the Quan Am Pagoda, we set out to find Trieu Quang Phuc. It is said that this street consists of numerous Chinese medicine shops and that the air is filled with an aroma of herbs. It’s also one of the busiest and nosiest streets in Cholon. After a bit of trouble we find a street named Trieu Quang Phuc, but there are no medicine shops, there is not a herb in sight.  We decide to give up and take a taxi to our last stop in Ho Chi Minh City: The Museum of Vietnamese History.

We find an attractive building filled with old Vietnamese art. The museum is not too big, in an hour we’ve seen the entire collection. There is no doubt that the highlight of the exposition are the pieces from Angkor Wat, but I’m pretty sure it’s only interesting if you haven’t seen Angkor Wat itself.

It’s time to go back to our hotel and pack our bags. The journey is over, and no matter how much we loved Vietnam: we have to say goodbye.

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Nguyen Trai, the main street of Ch…
Nguyen Trai, the main street of C…
Nguyen Trai, the main street of Ch…
Nguyen Trai, the main street of C…
Nguyen Trai, the main street of Ch…
Nguyen Trai, the main street of C…
Nguyen Trai, the main street of Ch…
Nguyen Trai, the main street of C…
The Nghia An Hoi Quan pagoda (Ho C…
The Nghia An Hoi Quan pagoda (Ho …
The Nghia An Hoi Quan pagoda (Ho C…
The Nghia An Hoi Quan pagoda (Ho …
The Cholon Mosque (Ho Chi Minh Cit…
The Cholon Mosque (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh C…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh C…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh C…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh C…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh C…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh C…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh C…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh C…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh C…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh C…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh Ci…
The Quan Am Pagoda (Ho Chi Minh C…
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Display in the Museum of Vietname…
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Display + husband in the Museum o…
Pieces from Angkor Wat in the Muse…
Pieces from Angkor Wat in the Mus…
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