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Sunday, September 16, 2012

An Evening at Ho Chi Minh

Yet another random reason brought me to Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam. Once called Saigon, the largest city of Vietnam (but not its capital) is now named after its "father" Mr. Ho Chi-Minh.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Before this brief visit to Vietnam, my impression of this fascinating country mainly came from video footage of farmers growing rice by river banks. Perhaps you can still find similar scenes in Vietnam, but they are certainly rare at the town center of Ho Chi Minh City.

Citadel of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

According to the locals I talked to, the three most important industries in Vietnam are farming (e.g. rice), tourism (i.e. hospitality) and textile (clothing) manufacturing. Vietnam also produces household items (e.g. cook wear) and fabulous outdoor (wooden) furniture.

Ho Chi Minh City Hall

During my short stay, the friendliness of the local was evident. To be fair, I did spend most of my time in town center and other "tourist" area. The local ladies that serves at hotels, restaurants and shop counters are simply stunning. Majority of the ladies in the hospitality industry have great skin, great body figure and beautiful faces great looks. Most importantly, they all wear minimal makeup. Instead they wear a genuine smile. According to the local friends I made, Vietnamese girl are open to love relationships with foreign men. If you are looking for a cross cultural relationship, Ho Chi Minh city is certain somewhere they you should visit.


How about the men in Vietnam? Most men I came across in Ho Chi Minh City are quite "rough". Unlike the ladies who have pale skins, their skins are rather dark. Men in Ho Chi Minh also constantly sends a "wild" vibe. The look in their eyes suggested that they may be smart and complex. They somehow reminded me of Cheetahs.


Apart from observing the locals, I have also managed to visit several touristy places in the evening. What I really meant was took pictures at the front door of touristy places such as: Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Opera House and Citadel of Saigon. The local government is doing a good job in preserving historical building while shade lights in the evening to create photograph opportunities. By the time I arrived at Ben Thanh Market, most of the shops are ready to close. Nonetheless I was managed to get a glimpse of this bargain market.


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Stay tuned for my next post on Motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh.

See also:
Motorcycles @ Ho Chi Minh
Food @ Ho Chi Minh City