On the streets of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

During our stay in Saigon we visited the War Remnants Museum on a half day city tour with Sinh Cafe who operate excellent tours all over Vietnam for very low prices. The War museum was pretty harrowing; as well as vehicles such as tanks and helicopters, bombs and an arsenal of weapons used during the Vietnam war by the Americans and Southern Vietnamese against the Northern Vietnamese; there were also reconstructions of the Tiger Cages used to torture prisoners and hundreds of old photographs of atrocities carried out during the war such as the effects of defoliants such as Agent Orange and Napalm used by the US military.
Dave standing next to a bomb.

On the same tour we visited the Reunification Palace built in 1966 to serve as South Vietnam’s Presidential Palace. It hasn’t been changed since the day the first communist tanks in Saigon crashed through it’s gates on 30th April 1975; the day Saigon surrendered.
One of the war rooms where meetings would be held on the progress of the Vietnam War.
The First Lady’s private entertaining room.
The telephone room – it said so on the door!

Streets scenes around the area we stayed in at the An An Hotel in District 1, Saigon.

Playing Chinese chess on a street corner.

Taking a nap on his trusty moped.

A typical electric pylon on the street.

Women street vendors on the streets of Saigon.

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