Our last day in Vietnam
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I love to travel, I canâ€™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
We start at Nguyen Trai, the main street of Cholon.
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. Itâ€™s small and inconspicuous, the complete opposite of all the temples and pagodaâ€™s we keep running into.
All of a sudden we encounter a stunning wall, that has colourful dragons and divinities painted on it. Itâ€™s very beautiful, so we donâ€™t instantly see that itâ€™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.
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. Itâ€™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
We find an attractive building filled with old Vietnamese art. The museum is not too big, in an hour weâ€™ve seen the entire collection. There is no doubt that the highlight of the exposition are the pieces from Angkor Wat, but Iâ€™m pretty sure itâ€™s only interesting if you havenâ€™t seen Angkor Wat itself.
Itâ€™s time to go back to our hotel and pack our bags. The journey is over, and no matter how much we loved