Sunday, July 27, 2014
Vinh Long is a small city/large town about 150km south of Saigon, smack in the Mekong delta area.
This Vietnamese family supplement their income by making their home a homestay for tourists.
This homestay is on an island of the Mekong river. About NZD50 for the four of us including dinner, breakfast and transport from/to the mainland...pretty good really.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Central Ho Chi Minh near Ben Thanh Market
Ho Chi Minh bikes
Reunification Palace - Central Ho Chi Minh City
This was the goverment hangout during the early-mid 70's war.
Bombing of this palace was one of the final acts by North Vietnam forces persuading South Vietnam to surrender in April 1975. North Vietnamese tanks bust through the palace gates on 30 April 1975 and a North Vietnam Liberation Forces flag was raised on the palace top.
The palace has bomb-bunkers in the basement which served as the control centre up until surrender.
The palace is now used for diplomatic/govt gatherings and a popular tourist visit place as the whole palace is open for viewing (for a fee of course).
Palace top. Red circles show where bombs hit a few days before South Vietnam surrender.
Vietnam War Remnants Museum